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Quotes for Work

Working 9-5, what a way to make a livin’….

The immortal words of Dolly Parton. But I bet she never had to drag herself into the office on a grey Monday morning. Although she probably also never enjoyed the joy of watching the clock hit 5 on a Friday afternoon, with the promise of the weekend lifting an entire office.

So, in the spirit of catchy little sayings that capture the spirit of work, here’s 60 of our favourite quotes for work to get you through the 9-5. Smart, thought-provoking and motivational quotes of the day, for the Monday to Friday dance.


Tell me why, I don’t like Mondays Boomtown Rats

My favourite day of the week. Said just about nobody, ever. But even if you start the week with th most optimistic spirit, we could always welcome a reminder of why we put oursleves through it all. Week in, week out.

Here’s 10 inspirational quotes to start the working week:

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out

Robert J. Collier

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” Aristotle

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself ” George Bernard Shaw

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself” Samuel Levenson

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther

J P Morgan / Thomas Carlyle

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves

Edmund Hillary

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them” Unknown

“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you” Dwight D. Eisenhower

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be

Lao Tzu

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog

Mark Twain


Too many sad days, Too many Tuesday morningsThe Pogues

Meh, Tuesdays. You’ve survived Monday, but the weekend still seems very far away. Plus, the one you just enjoyed is starting to recede into memory. Easily one of the days when enthusiasm is in short supply.

To help keep your mind focussed, here’s 10 quotes about working hard to achieve goals:

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration

Thomas Edison

“You get to decide where your time goes….you can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you” Tony Morgan

“The more I want to get something done the less I call it work” Richard Bach

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get” Ray Kroc

Don't count the days, make the days count

Muhammad Ali

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there

Will Rogers

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

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection” Mark Twain

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans

Allen Saunders

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours

Jerome K. Jerome


Wednesday morning, it’s going to be a brighter day
Wednesday morning, come so many times before

The legendary ‘hump’ day. In the morning, you still haven’t reached half way. Get through lunch and you can start dreaming about the weekend. Of course, you might also start realising you’ve got a pile of work to get through before the weekend.

If you are going through hell, keep going

Winston Churchill

With that in mind, here’s 10 quotes about work stress to help you through the day and get over that all important ‘hump’:

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” Theodore Roosevelt

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

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing” Denis Waitley

I Have Not Failed. I Have Just Found 10,000 Things That Do Not Work

Thomas Edison

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes

Oscar Wilde

“I don’t always tolerate stupid people. If I do, I’m probably at work” Unknown

“Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent” Steve Martin

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: Whose?

Don Marquis

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty

Winston Churchill


Only for you I don’t regret, And I was Thursday’s child – David Bowie

Stay on target. You have passed through the pain barrier. Hope is on the horizon. Unless you love your job of course, in which case embrace your work, get your head down and start hitting your goals.

Actually, if you really want to get out of work early on Friday, that’s good advice for job-lovers and job-haters. After all, it will be soon the weekend.

Do. Or do not. There is no try.


To help you get back on track, here’s 10 more clever quotes about working hard to achieve goals:

If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough” Mario Andretti

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did” Newt Gingrich

“The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for” Habeeb Akande

You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind

Irish Proverb

Do not watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going

Sam Levenson

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition” Indira Gandhi

“You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you” Tony Morgan

If you don’t know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route

Malcolm S. Forbes

I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

Bill Gates


Friday I’m in loveThe Cure

Yay! Just need to pretend to work for another 8 hours or so and freedom awaits. You can probably feel the buzz in the office. Or if you work from home, you might have put a bottle or 2 in the fridge.

But with Fridays, comes deadlines. So, if you frantically working to finish your work you might still need cheering up. And whether you in the mood for fun or desperate for a laugh, these quotes for work are for you.

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?

Edgar Bergen

Funny work quotes:

“If my boss knew how unproductive I am on Fridays, he wouldn’t want me here either” James Johnson

“If Monday had a face… I would punch it” Anon.

“The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest Anon.

Money can't buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy

Spike Milligan

No man goes before his time - unless the boss leaves early

Groucho Marx

“I always give 100% at work! 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday and 5% on Friday. Welcome back weekend” Anon.

“Tell your boss what you really think about him, and the truth shall set you free….from your job” Anon.

If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn't have a job if he was any smarter

John Gotti

Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished

Leslie Nielsen

The Weekend

It’s gonna be a rock and roll weekendSammy Hagar

Living for the Weekend? Looking forward to spending all the money you spent the last 5 days sweating for?

Of course, plenty of us work at the weekend thanks to our 24/7 world. So, whether you’re a weekend warrior or just forced to catch up with some overdue work, we’ve got your back with some of our favourite quotes for work. All hand-picked from successful folk who know or thing or two about making their jobs work for them.

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions

Albert Einstein

10 thought-provoking quotes for work:

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you Steve Jobs

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway ” Earl Nightingale

“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes” Eleanor Roosevelt

I Would Rather Die of Passion than of Boredom

Émile Zola (used by Van Gogh too)

Don't think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money


“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it” Maya Angelou

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed” Michael Jordan

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle

Abraham Lincoln

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first

Mark Twain
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