187 Top Work Quotes To Get You Up And On Your Path To Success

Work

Work has been there since the beginning of time because, really, we have to work to eat and have other life necessities. Our pop queen Rihanna did work some justice with her 'Work' song and so did Fifth Harmony with 'Work From Home.' That's just to mention a few.

Work is always on our minds whether you are working at a job, on a school project, or cleaning around the house. Work tends to take up a huge portion of our lives. That's why it gets to a point where we get stressed out, frustrated, and even overwhelmed by work.

This happens especially because we don't seem to know how to balance work and life. Lacking a balance can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. You should be able to know when to take a break and when to work harder.

Working too much can cause sleep problems, increased weight, high cholesterol levels, low energy, depression, anxiety, etc. Always leave work at work, take breaks in between, prioritize your tasks, avoid multitasking, and practice self-care.

Self-care can be as simple as meditating, taking a long bath, or going out with someone you love spending time with. With whatever work we do, we all need motivation regularly to spark up our energy. Listening to motivational stories, podcasts, or simply reading motivational quotes can be the boost you need.

Getting inspiration keeps you focused and reminds you of why you are working, your goals, dreams, and aspirations. You see all the reasons why quitting is not an option and all the reasons why you actually enjoy what you are working on.

Our hand-picked collection of work quotes will give you that pep in your walk as you bury your head in your work today and everyday.

Work Quotes

God changes caterpillars into butterflies’, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.

God changes caterpillars into butterflies’, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.

Keep your head up. Be strong and take whatever that hits you and makes the best of it. Work hard, think wisely and you will succeed.

Keep your head up. Be strong and take whatever that hits you and makes the best of it. Work hard, think wisely and you will succeed.

Don’t give up on your dreams. Every morning gives you another bite at the cherry. Best of luck in your exploits. Have a wonderful morning.

Don’t give up on your dreams. Every morning gives you another bite at the cherry. Best of luck in your exploits. Have a wonderful morning.

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Your work may overburden you but with strength and blessings from the Lord, you’ll come through all difficulties and shine. A very Good Morning to you!

Your work may overburden you but with strength and blessings from the Lord, you’ll come through all difficulties and shine. A very Good Morning to you!

Today, the Lord will exalt your head and anoint you with fresh oil. The work of your hands shall be blessed. Your labour shall yield fruitful harvest. You’re blessed my darling. Good morning.

Today, the Lord will exalt your head and anoint you with fresh oil. The work of your hands shall be blessed. Your labour shall yield

Every day comes with blessings, may the blessings of today never pass you by, may God bless every work of your hand today, good morning.

Every day comes with blessings, may the blessings of today never pass you by, may God bless every work of your hand today, good morning.

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.

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.

To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing, you may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that right now, behind the scenes, God is arranging all the pieces to come together to work out His plan for your life.

To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing, you may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that

Insomnia is an increasing problem. I've become swayed that sleep disorders are conceivably the most unnoticed, ignored, underrated reason of health as well as performance problems in the place of work.

Insomnia is an increasing problem. I’ve become swayed that sleep disorders are conceivably the most unnoticed, ignored, underrated reason of health as well as performance problems in the place of work.

Howl : Calcifer? You're being so obedient. Calcifer : Not on purpose! She bullied me! Howl : Not just anybody can do that. And you are... who? Old Sophie : Er, you can just call me Grandma Sophie. I'm your new cleaning lady. I just started work today.

Howl : Calcifer? You’re being so obedient.
Calcifer : Not on purpose! She bullied me!
Howl : Not just anybody can do that. And you are… who?
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Go forth, beloved, as you take on today’s challenges and work! Don’t be afraid to embrace anything that comes your way! Have a great morning!

Go forth, beloved, as you take on today’s challenges and work! Don’t be afraid to embrace anything that comes your way! Have a great morning!

I want to make as much money as I possibly can so that when my day comes, my mother and sister is fine. My close friends are fine. They don't have to worry about anything ever again.

I want to make as much money as I possibly can so that when my day comes, my mother and sister is fine. My close friends are fine. They don’t have to worry about anything ever again.

God's cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.

God’s cause is committed to men; God commits Himself to men. Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.

Good morning my baby. I have to go to work and all… but what I really want to do is have a long relaxing bubble bath while you text me some more.

Good morning my baby. I have to go to work and all… but what I really want to do is have a long relaxing bubble bath while you text me some more.

Get clear today on what you really WANT for yourself! Oftentimes we settle for what we think we can get - quit settling, and go after your biggest Goals.

Get clear today on what you really WANT for yourself!

Oftentimes we settle for what we think we can get – quit settling, and go after your biggest Goals.

Even if we don't see it, God is always working underneath the surface, behind the scenes and orchestrating His plans and purposes.

Even if we don’t see it, God is always working underneath the surface, behind the scenes and orchestrating His plans and purposes.

Success is not a distant dream, it is a reality for those who sweat to achieve it, enjoy sleepless nights, take calculative steps through the day, and with self introspection keeps it humble with a smile. Then success gets loud with the achiever's mouth shut, while the world celebrates one's victory.

Success is not a distant dream, it is a reality for those who sweat to achieve it, enjoy sleepless nights, take calculative steps through the day, and with self introspection keeps it humble with a smile. Then success gets loud with the achiever’s mouth shut, while the world celebrates one’s victory.

I've been blessed with many things in this life: an arm like a damn rocket, a cock like a Burmese python, and the mind of a f**king scientist. So people often ask me, Kenny, what are your weaknesses? Do you have any? I would say that my biggest flaw, my Achilles heel, is my tireless work ethic.

I’ve been blessed with many things in this life: an arm like a damn rocket, a cock like a Burmese python, and the mind of a f**king scientist. So people often ask me, Kenny, what are your weaknesses? Do you have any? I would say that my biggest flaw, my Achilles heel, is my tireless work ethic.

To whom it may concern: please phone me for appointments when you want to see me. I will not answer unsolicited knocks upon the door. I need time to do my work. I will not allow you to murder my work. Please understand that what keeps me alive will make me a better person toward and for you when we finally meet under easy and unstrained conditions.

To whom it may concern: please phone me for appointments when you want to see me. I will not answer unsolicited knocks upon the door. I need time to do my work. I will not allow you to murder my work. Please understand that what keeps me alive will make me a better person toward and for you when we finally meet under easy and unstrained conditions.

The post office, or any world of work, is only one institutionalised system of control that is designed to beat people, to condition them into accepting that humiliation and failure is the norm. Those who do not rebel against this lose any ability to think for themselves. The workers are robbed of power whilst the bosses have only a small amount of it and can only use it arbitrarily, which is to say, pointlessly.

The post office, or any world of work, is only one institutionalised system of control that is designed to beat people, to condition them into accepting that humiliation and failure is the norm. Those who do not rebel against this lose any ability to think for themselves. The workers are robbed of power whilst the bosses have only a small amount of it and can only use it arbitrarily, which is to say, pointlessly.

I think it’s important that you learn the background of what you’re working on and how to do it, and you’ll get the right answer.

I think it’s important that you learn the background of what you’re working on and how to do it, and you’ll get the right answer.

The main thing I liked what I was doing, I liked work. I liked the stars and stories we were telling, and it was a joy to contribute to the literature work that was going to be coming out. But little did I think it would go this far.

The main thing I liked what I was doing, I liked work. I liked the stars and stories we were telling, and it was a joy to contribute to the literature work that was going to be coming out. But little did I think it would go this far.

Well, I had been a night janitor once before in San Francisco. You smuggled a bottle of wine in with you, worked like hell, and then when everybody else had gone, you sat looking out at the windows, drinking wine and waiting for the dawn.

Well, I had been a night janitor once before in San Francisco. You smuggled a bottle of wine in with you, worked like hell, and then when everybody else had gone, you sat looking out at the windows, drinking wine and waiting for the dawn.

The arguments were always the same. I understood it too well now — that great lovers were always men of leisure. I fucked better as a bum than as a puncher of timeclocks.

The arguments were always the same. I understood it too well now — that great lovers were always men of leisure. I fucked better as a bum than as a puncher of timeclocks.

A human being isn't meant to be some kind of machine designed only for production. No. Human life isn't just for work.

A human being isn’t meant to be some kind of machine designed only for production. No. Human life isn’t just for work.

Look at the mountains. Look and the oceans! No one else can change the oceans into mountains or mountains into oceans, because the work of God’s hands is the greatest.

Look at the mountains. Look and the oceans! No one else can change the oceans into mountains or mountains into oceans, because the work of God’s hands is the greatest.

Monday, a start to new week, a new beginning, don't waste it, do what needs to be done, have that sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.

Monday, a start to new week, a new beginning, don’t waste it, do what needs to be done, have that sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.

The big moment came. I sat the typewriter down on the desk and I put a piece of paper in there and I hit the keys. The typewriter still worked. And there was plenty of room for an ashtray, the radio and the bottle. Don’t let anybody tell you different. Life begins at 65.

The big moment came. I sat the typewriter down on the desk and I put a piece of paper in there and I hit the keys. The typewriter still worked. And there was plenty of room for an ashtray, the radio and the bottle. Don’t let anybody tell you different. Life begins at 65.

The world had somehow gone too far, and spontaneous kindness could never be so easy. It was something we would all have to work for once again.

The world had somehow gone too far, and spontaneous kindness could never be so easy. It was something we would all have to work for once again.

Writing was never work for me. It had been the same for as long as I could remember: turn on the radio to a classical music station, light a cigarette or a cigar, open the bottle. The typer did the rest. All I had to do was be there. The whole process allowed me to continue when life itself offered very little, when life itself was a horror show. There was always the typer to soothe me, to talk to me, to entertain me, to save my ass. Basically that's why I wrote: to save my ass, to save my ass from the madhouse, from the streets, from myself.

Writing was never work for me. It had been the same for as long as I could remember: turn on the radio to a classical music station, light a cigarette or a cigar, open the bottle. The typer did the rest. All I had to do was be there. The whole process allowed me to continue when life itself offered very little, when life itself was a horror show. There was always the typer to soothe me, to talk to me, to entertain me, to save my ass. Basically that’s why I wrote: to save my ass, to save my ass from the madhouse, from the streets, from myself.

The greatest work God ever performs was not the creation of the universe out of nothing, but is the new creation of saints out of sinners.

The greatest work God ever performs was not the creation of the universe out of nothing, but is the new creation of saints out of sinners.

We have an obligation to live in harmony with creation, with our capital... with God's creation. And we need to administer and work that very carefully.

We have an obligation to live in harmony with creation, with our capital… with God’s creation. And we need to administer and work that very carefully.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.

Play songs and words that will train your mind to think more positive. The subconscious mind looks at whatever you give it to look at.

Play songs and words that will train your mind to think more positive. The subconscious mind looks at whatever you give it to look at.

What we can do with these means (our own unassisted strength) is still very small compared to what we could do in acting in union with God himself, who created and ultimately controls all other forces.

What we can do with these means (our own unassisted strength) is still very small compared to what we could do in acting in union with God himself, who created and ultimately controls all other forces.

You may be leading, then you might be at the back of the pack trying to work your way up. It’s just a constant reminder not to give up, and to know that God, in my mind, is really in control.

You may be leading, then you might be at the back of the pack trying to work your way up. It’s just a constant reminder not to give up, and to know that God, in my mind, is really in control.

It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working.

It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working.

If you are experiencing confusion, pain, and suffering, it may be that God is working things out for you in his own way. It is most often the sovereign work of our God unfolding a master plan known only to him.

If you are experiencing confusion, pain, and suffering, it may be that God is working things out for you in his own way. It is most often the sovereign work of our God unfolding a master plan known only to him.

The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he can’t play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness. But the Englishman, as he has since become, works until he can pretend that he never worked at all.

The Frenchman works until he can play. The American works until he can’t play; and then thanks the devil, his master, that he is donkey enough to die in harness. But the Englishman, as he has since become, works until he can pretend that he never worked at all.

I've had my eyes opened to so many things. But still, all I really want to do is my truck job. It's like an ingrained, default setting.

I’ve had my eyes opened to so many things. But still, all I really want to do is my truck job. It’s like an ingrained, default setting.

You should never be satisfied. Happy, but not satisfied. Dissatisfaction is a creative state. It took you out of the cave and put you into the condominium. It gave you the wheel, the fax, and the furnace. Dissatisfaction gave you and me a lifestyle that is the envy of the world.

You should never be satisfied. Happy, but not satisfied. Dissatisfaction is a creative state. It took you out of the cave and put you into the condominium. It gave you the wheel, the fax, and the furnace. Dissatisfaction gave you and me a lifestyle that is the envy of the world.

I don’t pay attention to social media. So if I do something I do it from the heart. I don’t do it for any feedback, I did it cause that’s how I felt.

I don’t pay attention to social media. So if I do something I do it from the heart. I don’t do it for any feedback, I did it cause that’s how I felt.

Let me tell you something about Tunechi - about that boy. That boy comes to the studio every day and grind as if he doesn't have a dollar in his pocket.

Let me tell you something about Tunechi – about that boy. That boy comes to the studio every day and grind as if he doesn’t have a dollar in his pocket.

Whether you are someone who has been working for many years, or someone just starting down that path, or someone who is still studying, your journey to financial well-being is not far from where you are now.

Whether you are someone who has been working for many years, or someone just starting down that path, or someone who is still studying, your journey to financial well-being is not far from where you are now.

From time to time I’ve spoken to school groups about my work at NASA. I’ve also been active in my church and my sorority [Alpha Kappa Alpha]. I like to play bridge and other games that involve math.

From time to time I’ve spoken to school groups about my work at NASA. I’ve also been active in my church and my sorority [Alpha Kappa Alpha]. I like to play bridge and other games that involve math.

All of the work I did was as part of a team. One of my greatest joys was rolling up my sleeves and working side by side with other brilliant people. It’s a sign of my belief in my own gifts that I’m the first to call attention to the work of others.

All of the work I did was as part of a team. One of my greatest joys was rolling up my sleeves and working side by side with other brilliant people. It’s a sign of my belief in my own gifts that I’m the first to call attention to the work of others.

There are no shortcuts to mastering my craft, it takes years of blood sweat and tears before you earn the right to be called a trucker.

There are no shortcuts to mastering my craft, it takes years of blood sweat and tears before you earn the right to be called a trucker.

My father’s parents were sharecroppers who worked the land under the broiling Mississippi sun. Sharecroppers didn’t own the land they farmed. They paid rent to the landowner in whatever crops they raised and struggled to survive on what was left.

My father’s parents were sharecroppers who worked the land under the broiling Mississippi sun. Sharecroppers didn’t own the land they farmed. They paid rent to the landowner in whatever crops they raised and struggled to survive on what was left.

There are all kinds of monuments to adults - usually dead and usually white. But we don't often lift up the extraordinary work of children.

There are all kinds of monuments to adults – usually dead and usually white. But we don’t often lift up the extraordinary work of children.

I found what I was looking for at Langley. This was what a research mathematician did. I went to work every day for 33 years happy. Never did I get up and say I don't want to go to work.

I found what I was looking for at Langley. This was what a research mathematician did. I went to work every day for 33 years happy. Never did I get up and say I don’t want to go to work.

In the earlier years of his literary career he would frequently awake at night, get out of bed, light a candle, and compose many lines upon some poem which he said had "forced itself upon his mind."

In the earlier years of his literary career he would frequently awake at night, get out of bed, light a candle, and compose many lines upon some poem which he said had “forced itself upon his mind.”

She loved the smell of old truck; thick cotton and vinyl seat covers, old gasoline and oil, the smell of country, decades of farmers, workers and families taking trips back and forth to town, up backroads to swimming holes, over fields, through all the weather. She imagined what this truck would have seen if it had eyes and a memory. She was about to become one more episode in its existence.

She loved the smell of old truck; thick cotton and vinyl seat covers, old gasoline and oil, the smell of country, decades of farmers, workers and families taking trips back and forth to town, up backroads to swimming holes, over fields, through all the weather. She imagined what this truck would have seen if it had eyes and a memory. She was about to become one more episode in its existence.

I’m going to keep working and the universe will open up and whatever path that presents itself, then that’s which path I’m going to go.

I’m going to keep working and the universe will open up and whatever path that presents itself, then that’s which path I’m going to go.

Marcus Copeland: You know what? I ain't going to deal with this. I'm tired, okay? I had a long day at work. I got shot at. Gina: See, that is exactly what I'm talking about. We don't communicate. Marcus Copeland: Okay, fine. You wanna communicate. Gina: Yes. Marcus Copeland: Come on. Let's communicate. Okay? Gina: Okay. Let's start with last week. Marcus Copeland: Last week. Gina: You and I were supposed to go shopping together. We get to the mall. I buy this beautiful dress, I get my hair done. You don't say anything. I don't know, maybe you just want to...

Marcus Copeland: You know what? I ain’t going to deal with this. I’m tired, okay? I had a long day at work. I got shot at.
Gina: See, that is exactly what I’m talking about. We don’t communicate.
Marcus Copeland: Okay, fine. You wanna communicate.
Gina: Yes.
Marcus Copeland: Come on. Let’s communicate. Okay?
Gina: Okay. Let’s start with last week.
Marcus Copeland: Last week.
Gina: You and I were supposed to go shopping together. We get to the mall. I buy this beautiful dress, I get my hair done. You don’t say anything. I don’t know, maybe you just want to…

Good morning may the Lord lead you to your destination as you leave your home to work, and may God bless the work of your hand.

Good morning may the Lord lead you to your destination as you leave your home to work, and may God bless the work of your hand.

Good morning, rejoice onto a new day and increase in the glory of God, wishing you the best as you leave home to work today.

Good morning, rejoice onto a new day and increase in the glory of God, wishing you the best as you leave home to work today.

The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Dear Superwoman, Be that woman who stands out. Even if it means spending sleepless nights, do it. As long as it is the right thing to do. Do not settle for being where you were in the past, so you can waltz towards a better future.

Dear Superwoman,
Be that woman who stands out.
Even if it means spending sleepless nights, do it.
As long as it is the right thing to do.
Do not settle for being where you were in the past,
so you can waltz towards a better future.

Working hard to pay the bill, I need a break and take a pill, Need some sleep right away, But insomnia gets in the way.

Working hard to pay the bill,
I need a break and take a pill,
Need some sleep right away,
But insomnia gets in the way.

He is long past sleep now. His mind has begun to work on the agenda that it sets for itself, and he knows that he will not be able to stop it.

He is long past sleep now. His mind has begun to work on the agenda that it sets for itself, and he knows that he will not be able to stop it.

Del: Neal, trouble on the home front? Huh? Neal: I really don't think that's any of your concern. Del: You know, the finest line a man will walk is between success at work and success at home. I gotta motto: Like your work, Love your wife.

Del: Neal, trouble on the home front? Huh?
Neal: I really don’t think that’s any of your concern.
Del: You know, the finest line a man will walk is between success at work and success at home. I gotta motto: Like your work, Love your wife.

“Typical!” he said to Sophie. “I break my neck to get here, and I find you peacefully tidying up!” Sophie looked up at him. As she had feared, the hard black-and white light coming through the broken wall showed her that Howl had not bothered to shave or tidy his hair. His eyes were still red-rimmed and his black sleeves were torn in several place. There was not much to choose between Howl and the scarecrow. Oh, dear! Sophie thought. He must love Miss Angorian very much. “I came for Miss Angorian,” she explained. “And I thought if I arranged for your family to visit you, it would keep you quiet for once!” Howl said disgustedly. “But no---.”

“Typical!” he said to Sophie. “I break my neck to get here, and I find you peacefully tidying up!”
Sophie looked up at him. As she had feared, the hard black-and white light coming through the broken wall showed her that Howl had not bothered to shave or tidy his hair. His eyes were still red-rimmed and his black sleeves were torn in several place. There was not much to choose between Howl and the scarecrow. Oh, dear! Sophie thought. He must love Miss Angorian very much. “I came for Miss Angorian,” she explained.
“And I thought if I arranged for your family to visit you, it would keep you quiet for once!” Howl said disgustedly. “But no—.”

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

But I don't know if people are meant to be together. You have to have a lot in common, choose well and be really fortunate. It's not like you're sprinkled with fairy dust. You have to believe that love will be there when you need it.

But I don’t know if people are meant to be together. You have to have a lot in common, choose well and be really fortunate. It’s not like you’re sprinkled with fairy dust. You have to believe that love will be there when you need it.

If you ask me, the secret to success is to have a diverse portfolio. Too much of any one thing is f**kin’ no bueno. Of course sometimes balancing can be hard, but all things worth havin’, are worth fighting for. Sometimes, hard work pays off.

If you ask me, the secret to success is to have a diverse portfolio. Too much of any one thing is f**kin’ no bueno. Of course sometimes balancing can be hard, but all things worth havin’, are worth fighting for. Sometimes, hard work pays off.

Once upon a time, I believed in destiny, but now I say, F that B. Everything I have in this life, I earned myself. There’s no cosmic luck deciding shit for us. My wealth, my fame, my World Series pennant—I earned myself. The one thing I didn’t earn myself was when I caught crabs. I think I got those from sleeping at a Red Roof Inn.

Once upon a time, I believed in destiny, but now I say, F that B. Everything I have in this life, I earned myself. There’s no cosmic luck deciding shit for us. My wealth, my fame, my World Series pennant—I earned myself. The one thing I didn’t earn myself was when I caught crabs. I think I got those from sleeping at a Red Roof Inn.

If you can't stop thinking about your job, in a positive way that energizes you, then you're probably where you're meant to be.

If you can’t stop thinking about your job, in a positive way that energizes you, then you’re probably where you’re meant to be.

He [Pierre Teilhard de Chardin] was thrilled with the idea that through work in the world human beings were participating in the ongoing extension and consecration of God's creation.

He [Pierre Teilhard de Chardin] was thrilled with the idea that through work in the world human beings were participating in the ongoing extension and consecration of God’s creation.

Off-roading gives a better view of nature—straight roads lead to the workplace, but difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.

Off-roading gives a better view of nature—straight roads lead to the workplace, but difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.

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