75 Inspirational Quotes For Work To Get You Through The Week

Perfect for when you're finding it hard to get motivated.

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Working long hours throughout the week can be challenging and downright exhausting.

It can be hard to stay motivated, whether you are working from home or going into the office every day. 

When you need a little motivation to keep going, here are 75 inspirational quotes for work.

1. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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2. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

3. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” – Henry Ford

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4. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” – Zig Ziglar

5. “The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

6. “Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities.” – Sophia Amoruso

7. “Do, or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

8. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

9. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz


10. “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” – Albert Einstein

11. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

12. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker

13. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” – Seneca

14. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – John F. Kennedy

15. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


16. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

17. “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

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

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19. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller

20. “Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.” – Henry L. Doherty

21. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

22. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

23. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

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


25. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

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26. “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

27. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

28. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

29. “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand


30. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

31. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

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32. “You can have results or excuses. Not both.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

33. “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Alan Cohen


34. “You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” – Sammy Davis Jr.

35. “Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

36. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

37. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” – Les Brown

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

39. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.” – Chanakya

40. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett

41. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

42. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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43. “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.” – Jim Carrey

44. “If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen

45. “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

46. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

47. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson


48. “The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

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49. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

50.  “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

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51. “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

52. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

53. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Emile Zola

54. “If something is wrong, fix it now. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.” – Ernest Hemingway

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55. “The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.” – Barry Werner

56. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – Arthur Christopher Benson

57. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.” – Francis Chan

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

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59. “Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well as now.” – Margaret Fuller

60. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali

61. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

62. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie


63. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” –Truman Capote

64. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

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65. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

66.  “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” – Herman Melville


67. “It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

68.  “Success only comes to those who dare to attempt.” – Mallika Tripathi

69. “There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach

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70. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall

71. “As long as they are well-intentioned, mistakes are not a matter for shame, but for learning.” – Margaret Heffernan

72. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

73. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Joyce Brothers

74. “Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I'll show you someone who has never achieved much.” – Joan Collins


75. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

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