Work Sayings and Quotes

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

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur
Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Seneca
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Dale Carnegie
Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly. Stephen R. Covey
Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started. David Allen
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge
Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all. Peter Drucker
Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there. Haile Gebrselassie
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress. Viggo Mortensen
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison
Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter. Francis Chan
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. Dale Carnegie
Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit. Henry L. Doherty
Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you someone who has never achieved much. Joan Collins
Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. Brian Tracy
Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Saint Francis of Assisi
Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. Zig Ziglar
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton
Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better. Jim Rohn
The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi
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 truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. M. Scott Peck
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. Roger Staubach
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln
Think of many things; do one. Portuguese Proverb
This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Wilson Watts