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50 Best Motivational Quotes For Work (2020 Edition)

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50 Best Motivational Quotes For Work (2020 Edition)

We all encounter days where we need an extra pick-me-up to get realigned with our goals. Even so, in such days you can choose to give up or to stay true to your dreams. Indeed, in every phase of your life, motivation is the backbone of your success. That’s precisely why you need the most inspiring motivational quotes for work at hand in case you ever lose hope.

The right quote can inspire and make you feel motivated. Additionally, it can tug at your heartstrings and reinvigorate your mind. A good quote can give you the right mindset to view a challenging situation as something to conquer and work even harder.

Therefore, check out our compilation of the 50 incredible motivational quotes for work from successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and creatives.

Top Motivational Quotes For Work To Get Going


Especially, these top motivational quotes for work are taken from a series of badass people who never ever gave up and have a legacy that can never be forgotten. Presidents, founders scientists, actors, writers- every person below is notable in his/her field of work. So let's take a look:

1. Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

2. Theodore Roosevelt

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

3. Maya Angelou

“Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.”

4. Henry Ford

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.”

5. Thomas Edison

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

6. Thomas Jefferson

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

7. Helen Keller

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

8. Albert Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

9. Babe Ruth

“I hear the cheers when they roared and the jeers when they echoed.”

10. Mahatma Gandhi

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.”

11. Jim Rohn

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

12. Vince Lombardi

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.”

13. Winston Churchill

“If you're going through hell, keep going.”

14. Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.”

15. Steve Jobs

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

16. Jack Ma

“I don’t want to be liked. I want to be respected.”

17. Jason Fried

“Workaholics aren't heroes. They don't save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.”

18. Mark Cuban

“I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail … a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation.”

19. Ingvar Kamprad

“The most dangerous poison is the feeling of achievement. The antidote is to, every evening, think what can be done better tomorrow.”

20. Ted Turner

“I just love it when people say I can’t do it, there’s nothing that makes me feel better, because all my life, people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”

21. John Rockefeller

“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”

22. Elon Musk

“I could either watch it happen or be a part of it.”

23. Oprah Winfrey

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

24. Jeff Bezos

“If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting.”

25. Magnus Carlsen

“Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it’s okay to lose. I don’t. You have to be merciless.”

26. Shirley Chisolm

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

27. Nikki Giovanni

“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure, but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.”

28. Rumi

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

29. Bruce Lee

“Absorb what is useful, disregard that which is useless.”

30. Rob Siltanen

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

31. Vincent Van Gogh

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

32. Anne Lamott

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

33. Tim Ferriss

“Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it 'eventually,' just do it and correct course along the way.”

34. Steven Pressfield

“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”

35. Jeff Olson

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do — even when it doesn’t look like it makes any difference. And they do it long enough for the compounding effect to start to kick in.”

36. PT Barnum

“Comfort is the enemy of progress.”

37. Steve Martin

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

38. Shigeru Miyamoto

“A good idea is something that does not solve just one single problem, but rather can solve multiple problems at once.”

39. Michael Jordan

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.”

40. Ikuo Maeda

“I truly put passion and soul into the design to make it feel like a living thing.”

41. Jamie Hewlett

“It’s like being in a trance — it’s a fluid — and you almost don’t remember doing the picture. Drawing is an escape from all the unnecessary things in life that get in the way of being free.”

42. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

43. Dhirubhai Ambani

“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”

44. William Durant

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

45. Yoda

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

46. Brian Tracy

“Self-doubt does more to sabotage individual potential than all external limitations put together.”

47. Kevin Systrom

"If you've got an idea, start today. There's no better time than now to get going. That doesn't mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100 percent from day one, but there's always small progress that can be made to start the movement."

48. Daniel Ek

"We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible."

49. Anne Sweeney

"Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you're proud to live.”

50. Stephen Covey

"Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment."


While any motivational quotes for work can make you feel inspired the most important part is to stick with it. So be disciplined, never be afraid of challenges, and be willing to sweat. Because no worthy thing comes at an easy price. Indeed we hope that you can draw even a little bit of inspiration from these inspirational quotes for work as you continue to work towards your dream.

Last but not the least, which is your favourite motivational quote for work from the above list? Tell us in the comments below!

This article is written by Barasha Medhi who is a Content Marketer with Vantage Circle. She is always on the lookout for interesting tidbits about the current HR and employee engagement space. Contact editor@vantagecircle.com for any queries.