50 Inspirational Quotes for Work (Motivation to Work Hard and Smart)

1. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. “
Alexander Graham Bell

2. “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn

3. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
Thomas Jefferson

4. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
Paulo Coelho

5. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas Edison

6. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
George Lorimer

7. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

8. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama

9. “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

10. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
Henry Ford

11. “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
Denis Waitley

12. “Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn

13. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”
Dale Carnegie

14. “Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”
Tyler Perry

15. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

16. “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

17. “The future depends on what you do today.”
Mahatma Gandhi

18. “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

19. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Confucius

20. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln

21. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Saint Francis

22. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie

23. “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Eva Young

24. “Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
William Patten

25. “Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Suskind

26. “You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
Irish Proverb

27. “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill

28. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Conrad Hilton

29. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

30. “Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard

31. ”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

32. “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

33. “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. 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. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

34. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
Albert Einstein

35. “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

36. “Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
Joseph Barbara

37. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln

38. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker

39. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

40. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt

41. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”
Seneca

42. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Bruce Lee

43. “Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.”
Gertrude B. Elion

44. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
Olin Miller

45. “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”
Confucius

46. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
Stephen Covey

47. “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

48. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.”
Chanakya

49. Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
Roy T. Bennett

50. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King

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