30 Work Quotes to Beat the Afternoon Slump


Everything you have, everything you are, is something you work hard for. Nothing is just handed to you fair and easy. Every accomplishment, every success, is a result of work. Pride, joy, and any semblance of purpose come from your remarkable efforts to survive, to contribute, to make a difference.

Work may push you to exhaustion. It may spoil your desires to do nothing. It may even drive you a little mad, but in the end, nothing gives you satisfaction than work. And if you’re lucky and you happen to love what you do, you don’t even need to call it “work”.  So, cheers to endless meetings and late-night shifts. At least there’s free coffee in the pantry.

Here are 30 work quotes that are both fun and inspiring.

Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. – Gustave Flaubert

Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore. – Lady Gaga

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. – Jerome K. Jerome

work hours quotes

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. – Peter Drucker

work new quotes

I don’t like work–no man does–but I like what is in the work–the chance to find yourself. Your own reality–for yourself not for others–what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means. – Joseph Conrad

I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power. – Jason Mraz

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. – J.M. Barrie

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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor. – Victor Hugo

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. – Michelangelo Buonarroti

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early. – Charles Lamb

work late quotes

If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to. – Jim Henson

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. – Louisa May Alcott

Work without love is slavery. – Mother Theresa

work love quotes

Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction. – Anne Frank

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In most cases being a good boss means hiring talented people and then getting out of their way. – Tina Fey

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. – Alain de Botton

work balance quotes

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. – Madeleine L’Engle

It is hard work and great art to make life not so serious. – John Irving

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle

work pleasure quotes

I don’t really like coffee, she said, but I don’t really like it when my head hits my desk when I fall asleep either. – Brian Andreas

No man needs sympathy because he has to work, because he has a burden to carry. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’. – Dave Barry

work meetings quotes

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life. – Confucius

I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. – Amelia Earhart

A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o’clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone. – Emily Bronte

work undone quotes

No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. – Émile Zola

work gift quotes

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. – Coco Chanel

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own. – Harry S. Truman

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