Work’s not always easy and staying motivated can be a challenge. But, as you’ll probably spend over 40 years of our lives working, it’s important to stay positive, give it your best, and achieve your goals.
We’ve put together a list of 50 of the most brilliant work quotes of all time which will inspire you and put a smile on your face (and your colleagues’!). Whether you’re looking for motivational work quotes for career success, you need a quote for a business presentation, or just want to be entertained, you’ve come to the right place!
Funny motivational quotes
These quotes are both witty and motivating – a powerful combination that can inspire whole rooms of people. If you want to get a laugh in the office or you need a quote to stick up on the wall, there’s one for you here.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’“ Audrey Hepburn
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe
“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” Terry Pratchett
“Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… One step at a time.“ Joe Girard
Inspirational work quotes
Sometimes at work you might be tired, lack creative energy, and feel like you’ve got nothing left to give. These inspirational work quotes are guaranteed to give you the boost you need to go the extra mile.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill
“Go as far as you can see, when you get there you’ll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle
“Someday is not a day of the week.” Janet Dailey
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln
Funny (and cynical!) work quotes
Sometimes a bit of cynicism or a cheeky joke can cheer you up and get you and your team through a tough day. Here are a few quotes to share with your colleagues which will make you chuckle.
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” Oscar Wilde
“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” Leo Durocher
“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” Steven Wright
“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein
“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.” Drew Carey
Hard work quotes
Few doubt how far hard work can get you, but consistently finding the motivation is hard. Here are a few quotes to inspire you to knuckle down and achieve the great things you’re meant for.
“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King
“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.” Irish Proverb
“The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.” Habeeb Akande
“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” Helena Rubinstein
Everyone’s been involved in a nightmare team project where egos collide and personalities clash. After all, we’re all individuals with our own needs, desires, and ambitions. But when people do successfully pull together, incredible things happen.
“It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton
We all you need a bit of inspiration and a few laughs, be a teamplayer and share this list with your friends and colleagues!