Quotes About Work

Here’s a few work quotes for your enjoyment:

The fun of being alive is realizing that you have a talent and you can use it every day, so it grows stronger. -Lou Centlivre

We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many who work without living. -Charles R. Brown

Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it’s only kept a secret from the person who fails. -Robert Half

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.  -Charles Kingsley

Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want. -Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965)

In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot. -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.  Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear.  Worry is rust upon the blade.  It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery but the friction.  Fear secrets acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.  -Henry Ward Beecher

The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world. -Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher’s stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold. -Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed. -Sydney Smith (1771-1845)

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight. -Michael Bridge

When a lady once asked Turner, the celebrated English painter, what his secret was, he replied: “I have not secret, madam, but hard work.  This is the secret that many never learn, and they do not succeed because they do not learn it.  Labor is the genius which changes the world from ugliness to beauty and the great curse to a blessing.”  -unknown

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence.  They go stark, raving mad. -Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

I don’t think anybody yet has invented a pastime that’s as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job. -Frederick Hudson Ecker

To each man is reserved a work which he alone can do. -Susan Blow

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. -Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

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The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work. -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are. -George C. Hubbs

Keep quiet. Do your work in the world, but inwardly keep quiet. Then all will come to you. -Nisaragada Ha Maharaj

If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him. -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria: anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor. -W.P. Kinsella

Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man. -Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

If a little labor, little are our gains. Man’s fortunes are according to his pains.-Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Labor is man’s greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working. -Orville Dewey

Keep A-Goin’

If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a goin’!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin’!
‘Taint no use to sit an’ whine
When the fish ain’t on your line;
Bait your hook an’ keep a-trying–
Keep a-goin’!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a-goin’!
Though ’tis work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin’!
S’pose you’re out o’ ev’ry dime,
Gittin’ broke ain’t any crime;
Tell the world you’re feelin’ prime–
Keep a-goin’!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin’!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin’!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighin’, sing–
Keep a-goin’!

-Frank L. Stanton

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Any of them really hit home for you? 

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    • doreen
    • January 12, 2011

    Thanks Shawn for the nice work. Keep it up. I like all of them quotes especially the one for not having any secret for success but hard work which many are not willing to learn.

    • Bharat Jani
    • January 14, 2011

    Hi Shawn,
    Millions of thanks for excellant motivational quotes that you send daily.These are mental energy boosters!! I like quoting the same in my speeches and circulars that I issue to my staff.
    today’s quote about the work is very good. such thoughts help a person to look at the work positively and help executives to build a motivated workforce.
    -Bharat Jani

    • Allan B Benogsudan
    • January 17, 2011

    Hi Shawn,

    Thank you very much for keeping me in touch with reality by your work of sharing beautiful, enriching, and timely quotations. I think you have given the world a life’s buffer with the quotations that comforts us, influences us and change us for the better. Thank you very much.
    – Allan B. Benogsudan

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the positive reinforcement, Allan. I have to say, I really do hope that some of these quotations and poems I share DO actually make the world a better place, or that someone is changed for the better, as you say. I just wish I could reach more people. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you more.

    • Lee
    • February 6, 2011

    Hello Shawn, well I have returned home from hospital, it will take time to heal and I know what to expect. Thought I would do some catching up on all the quotes you have sent me, smile!

    These are fabulous quotes, I love each one of them, so inspiring, and also the poem, what beautiful thoughts to brighten ones day. I am so happy I read this today my first day back home and you have made this a wonderful day. Thank you so much!

    1. Reply

      Nice to have you back! I hope everything went well and you’re on the mend. I’m VERY happy to see you here again.

    • naveen
    • April 21, 2012

    The below three quotes did make a mark on me,

    •Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want. -Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965)
    •In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot. -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
    •It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery but the friction. Fear secrets acids; but love and trust are sweet juices. -Henry Ward Beecher



    1. Reply

      Thanks, Naveen. You should write those out and post them on your wall or fridge. 🙂

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