82 Best Daily Inspirational & Motivational Quotes For the Workplace


Even if you love your work and enjoy every minute of it, there is always that inevitable moment that you will feel down and out. Whatever the circumstances are, whether it’s the middle of the day or the middle of the week, it’s always nice to have some pick-me-ups to get you going through the workday.

Here are some motivational quotes for the workplace that will provide you with inspiration, help you stay focused, and beat the doldrums of your work.

Best Inspirational & Motivational Quotes For the Workplace

1. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose. —Dr. Seuss

2. There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere. —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park


3. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to bed with satisfaction. —George Lorimer


4. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. —Thomas A. Edison


5. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. —Steve Jobs

6. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan

7. Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. —Thomas Carlyle

8. Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. —Pele

9. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

10. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. —Helen Keller

11. The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. —Ayn Rand

12. I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. —Henry David Thoreau

13. Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. -—Stephen Covey

14. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. —Colin Powell

15. Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. —Lou Holtz

16. Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. —Carlos Castaneda

17. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. —Stephen Hawking

18. Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs. —Farrah Gray

19. I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. —G. K. Chesterton

20. Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. —Earl Nightingale

21. Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. —Les Brown

22. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from. —Seth Godin



23. Remember kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong. —Babe Ruth, The Sandlot

24. A year from now you may wish you had started today. —Karen Lamb

25. Nothing worth having comes easy; the struggle is part of the story. —Unknown

26. If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. —Ray Kroc

27. Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. —Confucius

28. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily. —Zig Ziglar

29. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. —Lily Tomlin

30. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. —Judy Garland

31. A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere. —Unknown

32. Light tomorrow with today. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning

33. Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. —Jim Rohn

34. Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching. —Satchel Paige

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

36. A man should never neglect his family for business. —Walt Disney

37. The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible. —Marton Csokas

38. Someday is not a day of the week. —Janet Dailey

39. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. —Norman Vincent Peale

40. Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. —Gail Devers

41. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence. —Unknown

42. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. —H. Jackson Brown Jr.

43. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.—Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

44. Make each day your masterpiece. —John Wooden

45. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. —Winston Churchill

46. Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive. —Leah LaBelle

47. The expert in anything was once a beginner. —Helen Hayes

48. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. —Rikki Rogers

49. Someone once told me that ‘time’ is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because it will never come again. —Jean-Luc Picard

50. Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do?  Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim. —Dory, Finding Nemo


51. Don’t count the days, make the days count. —Muhammad Ali

52. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. —Vince Lombardi

53. Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not clichés but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path. —Phillip Sweet

54. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. —Thomas Edison

55. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. —Salvador Dali

56. 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

57. Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure… You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all… You can be discouraged by failure — or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success. On the far side of failure. —Thomas J. Watson

58. Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. —Virat Kohli

59. If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. —Pat Riley

60. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. —Wayne Gretzky

61. If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing. — Ernest Hemingway

62. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. —Theodore Roosevelt

63. When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home. —Betty Bender

64. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. —Rumi

65. For every positive change you make in your life, something else also changes for the better – it creates a chain reaction. —Leon Brown

66. Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda

67. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. —Robert Louis Stevenson

68. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. —Will Rogers

69. One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. —Elbert Hubbard

70. To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge. —Summer Sanders

71. You have to fight some of the bad days to earn some of the best days of your life. —Unknown

72. Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it. —Chinese Proverb

73. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly. —Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

74. Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. —Albert Einstein

75. Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise. —Frank Ocean

76. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. —Napoleon Hill

77. You are not your resume, you are your work. —Seth Godin

78. When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen. —Harley Davidson

79. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. —Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

80. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. —Dale Carnegie

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

82. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do. —Oprah Winfrey

Final Thoughts

The workplace can sometimes be a tough place to be in if you’re not equipped with the right mindset, enough determination, and a lot of patience. The key is to love what you do, and things will fall into their right places. Even the smallest of good thoughts in the morning can mean a lot of positive vibes all throughout your day.

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