50 Motivational Quotes For Work To Keep You Inspired & Get You Through The Week

Only a few more days left until the weekend.

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Do you sometimes find yourself spinning in circles in your cubicle, waiting for your work to start itself? The unwanted work pile and you are in a constant battle of a staring contest. The loser has to get up and actually do the work. But what do you care? You would rather imagine your assignments to grow a pair of arms and legs and write on themselves than do the work yourself.

Point is, we've all been there. Honesty hour: I just checked my phone for a text message and proceeded to scroll through Twitter until I caught up with what I already saw this morning.


We're always going to have days where we feel demotivated and simply don't feel like getting things on our to-do list done, but if you allow one day of being unproductive, you will spiral into a week of feeling lethargic and unmotivated. Instead, using things to keep you inspired throughout the week — like some super-motivating quotes — you just might get through the week in one piece.

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It is easier to dream that you will stay motivated and driven to accomplish your day's list of tasks. It is another to roll your sleeves up and get the work done.

The first step into turning those dreams to reality is setting small, realistic daily goals for yourself. It may sound easier than what it is, but trust me, it works!

You may also need to dig deeper and find the imperfections of your sleep habits and general mental and physical health. Believe it or not but these things are contributors to how your day will turn out.

We want you to find the inspiration you need to get things done, all while maintaining a healthy and happy balance of mental and physical health. Sometimes we can push ourselves a bit too hard and that's when you've gone too far.


So if you're feeling demotivated and need a little push to get moving, here's a list of the best motivational quotes for work to keep you inspired and get you through the week in one piece!

1. Wise words from the babe.

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"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up"— Babe Ruth

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2. Let passion be the pilot.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins."— Benjamin Franklin

3. Believe in luck.

"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."— Thomas Jefferson

4. Get down to it.

“I have learned that real angels don’t have gossamer white robes and Cherubic skin, they have calloused hands and smell of the days’ sweat.”— Richard Evans

5. It will be worth it in the end.

“Greatness is sifted through the grind, therefore don’t despise the hard work now for surely it will be worth it in the end.”— Sanjo Jendayi

6. Let's get sweaty!

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


7. Which are you?

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”— Indira Gandhi

8. Be happy.

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”— Joseph Barbara

9. Be wrinkle-free!

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

10. You will succeed!

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“No great achiever – even those who made it seem easy – ever succeeded without hard work.”— Jonathan Sacks

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11. Hard work helps.

“Hard work helps. It has never killed anyone.”— Unknown

12. Life is what you make it.

“The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”— John Ruskin

13. Work hard or die trying.

“You learn the value of hard work by working hard.”— Unknown

14. Nobody's a natural.

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top.”— Paul Coffey


15. Wish for better.

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”— Jim Rohn

16. Effort means work.

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”— Calvin Coolidge

17. Talent means nothing.

“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”— Patrick Suskind

18. Be the bit of extra you need.

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”— Jimmy Johnson

19. Where am I??

“If I told you I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at, I’d be lying, because I have no idea where I am right now.”— Jarod Kintz


20. Patience is sweet.

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“Patience can be bitter but her fruit is always sweet.”— Habeeb Akande​

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21. Bring the fire.

“Too many irons, not enough fire.”— S. Kelley Harrell

22. Don't be a bum.

“If you don’t burn out at the end of each day, you’re a bum.”— George Lois


23. Keep on trying.

“If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.”— Orson Scott Card

24. Embrace the pain.

“Embrace the pain to inherit the gain.”— Habeeb Akande

25. Skill is what we give back.

“Talent is what God gives us, Skill is what we give back to Him.”— Eliel Pierre

26. Overcome the luck.

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”— Harry Golden

27. Persevere with a positive attitude.

“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.”— Michael Jordan


28. The best kind of reward.

“Goodness and hard work are rewarded with respect.”— Luther Campbell

29. Go out and meet your fellow successors.

“When I meet successful people I ask about 100 questions to find out who they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.”— Kiana Tom

30. Stop at no costs.

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“Everything yields to diligence.”— Thomas Jefferson

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31. Maintain your tenacity.

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”— Louis Pasteur

32. Kinda gross but kinda true.

“I don’t have a blue-collar job. It’s more of a green collar, because of all the yellow sweat stains mixing in.”— Jarod Kintz

33. Just keep swimming!

“No one ever drowned in sweat.”— USMC Officer

34 Take the long road.

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."— Beverly Sills

35. No dream is too big!

“If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.”— Joyce Chapman


36. Joy is something worth fighting for.

“I do not care about happiness simply because I believe that joy is something worth fighting for.”— Criss Jami

37. Talent without hard work is tragic.

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.”— Robert Hall

38. Evolve into your true form.

“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.”— Mildred Struven

39. You can exceed your expectations.

“You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.”— Saji Ijiyemi


40. Inspiration is the windfall.

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“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.”— Helen Hanson

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41. Do the things that make you happy.

“Do the things you like to be happier, stronger & more successful. Only so is hard work replaced by dedication.”— Rossana Condoleo


42. A watched pot never boils.

“Only cooked time tastes well.”— Dr. Zeeshan Ahmed

43. You can say that again.

“Nothing in life comes easy.”— Unknown

44. Be the change.

“Change is hard work.”— Billy Crystal

45. Discipline + hard work= commitment

“Once you have the commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.”— Haile Gebrselassie

46. You don't need much to be great!

“Sometimes it takes a lowly, title-less man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors, they are already expected to be greater and wiser.”— Criss Jami

47. The rest will follow.

“Work hard and be patient. The rest will follow.”— Unknown


48. Do what is necessary.

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”— Saint Francis

49. Wake up feeling determined.

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

50. Reach for the stars.

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

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Destiny Duprey is a writer who covers music, self-care, and spirituality topics.