Work Quotes

work quotes and sayings
Here are some quotes about work…or even “hard work”, depending on the quote.  Enjoy.

I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works. -Oscar Wilde

I like to deliver more than I promise instead of the other way around. -Dorothy Uhnak

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. -Buddha

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard. -Helen Gurley Brown

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. -Donald Kendall

There is a wild, splendid, intoxicating joy that follows work well done.  -Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. -Oscar Wilde

Every woman is a human being…one cannot repeat that too often…and a human being must have occupation if he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world. -Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man should make up his mind that if he expects to succeed, he must give an honest return for the other man’s dollar. -Edward H. Harriman (1848-1909)

The harder I work the more I live. -George Bernard Shaw

I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. -Rita Mae Brown

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun. -Colleen C. Barrett

I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near. -Margaret Thatcher

We work to become, not to acquire. -Elbert Hubbard

Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don’t allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it. -Charles Lazarus

Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. -Harvey MacKay

The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first. -Ginger Rogers (1911-1995)

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. -Margaret Fuller

Working hard overcomes a whole lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, and you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people. -Marsha Evans

Nothing will work unless you do. -Maya Angelou

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work. -George Bernard Shaw

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. -Elbert Hubbard

I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have. -Woody Hayes (1913-1987)

There is no substitute for hard work. -Thomas A. Edison

There is clearly much left to be done, and whatever else we are going to do, we had better get on with it. -Rosalynn Carter

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle

One’s lifework, I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your life depended on it, and first thing you know, you’ll have made a life out of it. A good life, too. -Theresa Helburn

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. -Henry J. Kaiser

If you’re in a good profession, it’s hard to get bored, because you’re never finished — there will always be work you haven’t done. -Julia Child (1912-2004)

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. -Theodore Roosevelt

Hard work beats all the tonics and vitamins in the world. -Col. Sanders (1890-1980)

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. -Henri Matisse

I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. -Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965)

If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work. -Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

Busy people are never busybodies. -Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940)

Happiness consists in the full employment of our faculties in some pursuit. -Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)

Workaholics are energized rather than enervated by their work–their energy paradoxically expands as it is expended. -Marilyn Machlowitz

I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. I learned that at a young age. -Chris Evert

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

Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. -Marian Wright Edelman

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. -Stephen King

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. -Oprah Winfrey

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure. -Francoise de Motteville

Any of these work quotes make you want to get to work?  Which ones do you like the most?

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    • sally
    • July 3, 2010

    The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. -Oprah Winfrey

    I totally agree with this one, set your goal and work towards it and you will reap the rewards latter…

    • Lee
    • July 6, 2010

    These are really great quotes, I enjoyed reading every one, thank you Shawn.

    Here are some quotes I found to share that are work related:
    It can be said that the primary objective of the multitude to work is, for survival and for tangible material reward.

    A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
    Albert Camus

    All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.
    Thomas A. Edison

    Work is not man’s punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
    George Sand

    We all need to experience life, through work we experience living.
    Have a wonderful day!

    1. Reply

      Wow, good quotes, Lee. You have good taste. 🙂

    • sally
    • July 7, 2010

    Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. -Marian Wright Edelman

    yeah right…if your motivation to work is based on money or power you will be leading an unhappy life cause you will never be satisfied at all.

    • laura
    • July 8, 2010

    loving these quotes, consistent and dedicated work is the key to all successes

    • Sarah
    • July 13, 2010

    I read these quotes before I went to work and it definitely set the tone for the day. Thank you. They are greatly appreciated.

    • Dlozi
    • January 21, 2011

    I love your Quotes…:)

    • honnappa
    • January 24, 2011

    good thougt for includeng the veb thanks…………….

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