Whether you've recently started your first job or you've been working for decades, you'll find plenty of wit and wisdom to enjoy in YourDictionary's collection of work quotes. We have thoughts from prominent entrepreneurs, politicians, writers, athletes, artists, and comedians to help you make it through the work day with a smile on your face.
I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.douglas adams
It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit.Robert Yates
Like being the captain of a mine-sweeper, if you do your job well, nobody notices. If you don't, there's a hell of an explosion.Henry Catto
The product of movement and counter-movement is tension. When tension – working strength – is expressed, it endows the work of art with the living effect of coordinated, though opposing, forces.hans hofmann
Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do.oscar wilde
Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line, our dealings with reality undermined by a range of minor yet critical psychological flaws (a little too much optimism, an unprocessed rebelliousness, a fatal impatience or sentimentality). We are like an exquisite high-speed aircraft which for lack of a tiny part is left stranded beside the runway, rendered slower than a tractor or bicycle.Alain de Botton
My entire soul is a cry, and all my work is a commentary on that cry.Nikos Kazantzakis
I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours and thrived on it.Thomas Edison
The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.ralph waldo emerson
If one man has a dollar he didn't work for, some other man worked for a dollar he didn't get.bill haywood
The trouble with Opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work.Herbert Victor Prochnow
Some Blockett-type employees actually believe that they have received a genuine promotion; others recognize the truth. But the main function of a pseudo-promotion is to deceive people outside the hierarchy. When this is achieved, the maneuver is counted a success.Laurence J. Peter
Average working people need more fresh starts. Big corporations, banks, and Donald Trump need fewer.Robert Reich
The land of easy mathematics where he who works adds up and he who retires subtracts.Núria Añó
It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.jerome k. jerome
Work quotes often praise the virtue of being passionate about what you do and committed to success. They keep us motivated by reminding us that the best things in life are what's worth working for, whether you're angling for a promotion to the corner office or dreaming of starting your own company. As David Bly said, "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted."
The value of teamwork is another common theme found in quotes about the workplace. These are the sayings you'll often find incorporated into office decor or team-building workshops. "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success," Henry Ford said. "Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work," Vince Lombardi added.
Of course, not all quotes about work are serious in nature. Many poke fun at the more tedious parts of office life. Take meetings, for example. Most people hate them, yet they continue to be a significant part of the work day. "People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything," Thomas Sowell said.
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