Career Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old career quotes, career sayings, and career proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career. Carlton Fisk
I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career Lou Holtz
If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them. Jane Fonda
I've come to realize your career is all about the choices you make. Every single one matters. Demi Lovato
Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it. Katherine Whitehorn
I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. Jon Stewart
I feel ups and downs are a part of one's career, and this totally depends on how you take it. You can either be knocked down by the negative things, or you can take it in a positive way and learn from it. Deepika Padukone
If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them. John Dos Passos
For many people a job is more than an income - it's an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life. Paul Clitheroe
Your career is like a garden. It can hold an assortment of life's energy that yields a bounty for you. You do not need to grow just one thing in your garden. You do not need to do just one thing in your career. Jennifer Ritchie Payette
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Buddha
The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life. Grace Paley
A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature. James Bryce
Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing. BC Forbes
In a person's career, well, if you're process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you're more likely to be success. I often say 'pursue excellence, ignore success.' Success is a by-product of excellence. Deepak Chopra
To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. Sister Mary Lauretta
Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. Ralph Waldo Emerson
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. Robert Frost
You never stop earning when you do what you love. Asha Tyson
Analyzing what you haven't got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career. Orison Swett Marden
A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night. Marilyn Monroe
The first essential in a boy's career is to find out what he's fitted for, what he's most capable of doing and doing with a relish. Charles M. Schwab
The darkest day in a man's career is that wherein he fancies there is some easier way of getting a dollar than by squarely earning it. Horace Greeley
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson
Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you'll have more success than you could possibly have imagined. Roger Caras
If you don't wake up in the morning excited to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven't found your calling yet. Mike Wallace
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. Pearl Buck
The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake. Alan Greenspan
What is it that you like doing? If you don't like it, get out of it, because you'll be lousy at it. Lee Iacocca
Find a job you like and you add five days to every week. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Vocation is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need . Frederick Buechner
The product of the head, heart and hand is a thing to be loved. Elbert Hubbard
Make yourself necessary to the world and mankind will give you bread. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Perform your long and heavy task with energy, treading the path to which Fate has been pleased to call you. Alfred Victor Vigny
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell
Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein
Don't be offended when people don't seem to get you. Not everyone recognizes brilliance. Linda Poindexter
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. Mark Twain
The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. James Arthur Baldwin
The only way to do great work is to love what you do Steve Jobs
Take your work seriously and yourself lightly. Bob Nelson
You have a calling which exists only for you and which you can fulfill. Dr. Naomi Stephan
A career is like a house: it's made of many bricks, and each brick has the same value, because without any one of them, the house would collapse. Andrea Bocelli
Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile. Gary Ryan Blair
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. Colleen C. Barrett
Dwell in possibility. Emily Dickinson
You're not in competition with other women. You're in competition with everyone. Tina Fey
You're going to see ups and downs your whole career. Tony Parker