50 Motivational Quotes For Work

By Elena Tinaglia

Let’s be honest. We’ve all found ourselves in the grips of a little midweek or mid-day slump. A good inspirational and uplifting quote can inspire you to get out of that slump and turn you back into the goal crushing machine that you are!  Take a few moments, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and read on to re-energize yourself with these inspiring and motivational quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

1. Becoming is better than being. —Carol Dweck, Mindset

2. If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe. —Abraham Lincoln

3. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. —Stephen Hawking

4. Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. —Stanley McChrystal

5. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan

6. Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

7. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. —Judy Garland

8. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible. —Charles Kingsleigh, Alice in Wonderland (2010)

9. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. —Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

10. Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim. —Dory, Finding Nemo 

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11. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. —Salvador Dali

12. If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing. — Ernest Hemingway

13. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

14. For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity. —Daniel H. Pink, Drive

15. Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend. — Walt Disney

16. Innovation distinguishes from a leader and a follower. —Steve Jobs

17. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addai

18. The best way out is always through. —Robert Frost

19. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. — Muhammad Ali

20. There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. —Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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21. Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not. —Dr. Seuss, the Lorax

22. Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing. —John Skoll

23. If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path. —Buddha

24. If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. —Simon Sinek

25. Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. —A.C. Benson

26. Learning never exhausts the mind. —Leonardo Da Vinci

27. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. —Seneca

28. Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen. — Elizabeth Lesser

29. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. —Buddha

30. As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning. —Margaret Heffernan

 

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31. In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game! —Mary Poppins

32. You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. —Mahatma Gandhi

33. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

34. Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional landmines and choose joy and gratitude instead. — RuPaul

35. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan

36. If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.  — Marc Chagall

37. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. — Confuciusm, Confucius: The Analect

38. Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all. ― Dr. John Izzo

39. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ― Will Rogers

40. Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. ― Albert Einstein

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41. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor ― Truman Capote

42. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. ― Maya Angelou

43. The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! – Marvin Phillips

44. Someday is not a day of the week. – Janet Daily

45. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

46. The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach –  Thomas Edison

47. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. – Unknown

48. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful – Albert Schweitzer

49. It is better to be prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. –  Unknown

50. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. –  Dr. Seuss

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