Work Ethic Sayings and Quotes

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

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. Margaret Thatcher
The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! Marvin Phillips
Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing yourself to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off. Mary Lou Retton
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory. Mohandas Gandhi
The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Muhammad Ali
I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. Muhammad Ali
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill
I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. Oprah Winfrey
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization. Robert Noyce
Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career. Ryan Freitas
The harder I work, the luckier I get. Samuel Goldwyn
I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. Steve Jobs
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs
Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out. Theodore Roosevelt
Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. Tim Duncan
Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. Tim Fargo
Sheer effort enables those with nothing to surpass those with privilege and position. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious. It involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling. Valdemar W. Setzer
The perfect is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities. Integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you. Warren Buffett
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. Warren Buffett
One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions. Wernher von Braun
How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top. Yvon Chouinard
Success is dependent upon the glands sweat glands. Zig Ziglar