50 brilliant work quotes to motivate, inspire, and make you laugh!

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.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’“ Audrey Hepburn

“Life is like a sewer… what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.“Tom Lehrer

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” Marilyn Monroe

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by then I was too famous.“ Robert Benchley

“Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.” Terry Pratchett

“Live each day like it’s your second to the last. That way you can fall asleep at night.” Jason Love

“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

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Kyle Chandler

“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 only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” Charles Kingsleigh

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

“Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up” Chinese proverb

“Go as far as you can see, when you get there you’ll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle

Inspirational work quotes
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams

“Someday is not a day of the week.” Janet Dailey

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” Malcolm Forbes

“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.

“Doing nothing is very hard to do; you never know when you’re finished.” Leslie Nielsen

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” Oscar Wilde

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?” Edgar Bergen

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.” Leo Durocher

“If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock.” Claude McDonald
funny work quotes

“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” Steven Wright

“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Bill Gates

“The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein

“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.” John Gotti

“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.

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.” Vince Lombardi Jr.

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” Mark Twain
Hard work quotes

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.” Irish Proverb

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” Gordon B. Hinckley

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

“The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.” Sarah Brown

“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” Helena Rubinstein

Teamwork quotes

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.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan

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

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford

“The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” Lewis B. Ergen

Teamwork quotes

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry Truman

“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro

“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!