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If you are reading this, you've already taken the first step towards success. You want success. You crave it. You know that you have unlimited potential inside of you. But it's tough to feel motivated each and every day. That is where these inspirational quotes for work will come into work.

Everyone wants some form of success in their life. But not everyone is prepared to do the hard work, the grind, giving your 100% - day in and day out.

While we get too comfortable with our lives, others are out there living our dream. This is what makes the difference between winning and failing.

Feel Motivated After Reading These 125 Inspirational Quotes For Work

From presidents to famed Olympians, all of the superhumans listed below have rightfully created history. Their praises will be sung long after they are gone.

Here's what they have to say about giving the best that you have:

1. Abraham Lincoln

My great concern is not whether you have failed but whether you are content with your failure.

2. Maya Angelou

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.

3. Michael Jordan

I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.

4. Steve Jobs

When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. 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. Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.

5. Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

6. Babe Ruth

You just can't beat the person who never gives up.

7. Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

8. Helen Keller

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

9. Thomas Jefferson

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

10. Mahatma Gandhi

If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

11. Jim Rohn

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.

12. Vince Lombardi

Excellence must be pursued; it must be wooed with all of one's might, and every bit of effort that we have each day, there's a new encounter; each week is a new challenge.

13. Winston Churchill

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.

14. Kobe Bryant

The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win.

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15. Leo Messi

I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.

16. Mildred Witte Stouven

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.

17. Steven Spielberg

You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it!

18. Elon Musk

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

19. Steve Wozniak

If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach.

20. Oprah Winfrey

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.

21. Indra Nooyi

An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.

22. Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

23. David Cassidy

It's not about the fame and the money because if you do good work, all that stuff comes.

24. Jurgen Klopp

Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat. Of course, we will strike back – 100%. We struck back today in the game.

25. Magnus Carlsen

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

26. Aaron Swartz

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. What people say intelligence just boils down to curiosity.

27. Bill Gates

It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

28. Christian Bale

Whatever you do, do it completely. Don’t do it half-arsed. Do it more than anybody else would.

29. Michael Phelps

The one thing that’s common to all successful people. They make a habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don’t like to do.

30. Amelia Earhart

The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process, is its own reward.

31. Freddie Mercury

I won't be a rock star. I will be a legend.

32. Walt Disney

If you can dream, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.

33. Usain Bolt

Easy is not an option. No days off. Never quit. Be fearless. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of work.

34. Marie Curie

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.

35. Pablo Picasso

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

36. Anonymous

Hold the vision, trust the process.

37. Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

38. Sheryl Sandberg

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

39. Marissa Mayer

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.

40. Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

41. Simon Sinek

If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.

42. A.C. Benson

Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

43. Stanley McChrystal

Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure.

44. Lou Holtz

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

45. Aly Raisman

The hard days are what make you stronger.

46. Wayne Dyer

If you believe it’ll work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you don’t believe it’ll work out, you’ll see obstacles.

47. Shonda Rhimes

You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

48. George Lorimer

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

49. Michelle Obama

I now tried a new hypothesis: It was possible that I was more in charge of my happiness than I was allowing myself to be.

50. Kurt Cobain

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

51. Roy T. Bennett

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.

52. Frank Ocean

Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise.

53. H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

54. Tim Notke

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

55. Mario Andretti

If everything seems to be under control, you’re not going fast enough.

56. Jimmy Johnson

The only difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

57. Oscar Wilde

The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.

58. Benjamin Hardy

Unsuccessful people make their decisions based on their current situations. Successful people make their decisions based on where they want to be.

59. Kamari aka Lyrikal

Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

60. Leah LaBelle

Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.

61. Conan O’Brien

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

62. Mother Teresa

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

63. Earl Nightingale

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

64. Kenneth Goldsmith

If you work on something a little bit every day, you end up with something that is massive.

65. Napoleon Hill

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

66. Anonymous

At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end.

67. Stephen King

Amateurs sit around and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.

68. Katharine Hepburn

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

69. Herb Brooks

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.

70. Yuri Kochiyama

Life is not what you alone make it. Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.

71. Buddha

If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down.

72. Suzy Kassem

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

73. Nelson Mandela

I never lose. Either I win or learn.

74. Ken Poirot

Today is your opportunity to build the tomorrow you want.

75. C.S. Lewis

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

76. Martin Luther King Jr.

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

77. Stephen C. Hogan

You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.

78. Estee Lauder

I didn’t get there by wishing for it, but by working for it.

79. Lalah Deliah

She remembered who she was and the game changed.

80. Susan Fales-Hill

If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.

81. Frank Sinatra

The big lesson in life is never be scared of anyone or anything.

82. Arabic Proverb

Sunshine all the time makes a desert.

83. Louise Hay

I choose to make the rest of my life, the best of my life.

84. Hillary Clinton

Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.

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85. Reese Evans

This is a reminder to you to create your own rule book, and live your life the way you want it.

86. Angelina Jolie

If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.

87. Zig Ziglar

You don't have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something.

88. Colin Powell

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.

89. Catherine Pulsifer

If we have the attitude that it’s going to be a great day it usually is.

90. Anonymous

You can either experience the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The choice is yours.

91. Paulo Coelho

Impossible is just an opinion.

92. Isabelle Lafleche

Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.

93. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.

94. John D. Rockefeller

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

95. Anonymous

People who wonder if the glass is half empty or full miss the point. The glass is refillable.

96. Anonymous

One day or day one. You decide.

97. Jaymin Shah

No one is to blame for your future situation but yourself. If you want to be successful, then become “Successful”.

98. Ross Simmonds

Greatness only comes before hustle in the dictionary.

99. Gary Vaynerchuk

Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.

100. Larry Ellison

When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.

101. John C. Maxwell

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

102. Drew Houston

Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.

103. Chris Dixon

Get big quietly, so you don’t tip off potential competitors.

104. Sara Blakely

Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will absolutely be doing things different from everybody else.

105. Biz Stone

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

106. Ayn Rand

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

107. David Ogilvy

Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals.

108. Stephen McCranie

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

109. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood; divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

110. Albert Einstein

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

111. Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

112. Mark Twain

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

113. Mary Kay Ash

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

114. Leah Busque

I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘how far can I push this company in the next 24 hours.

115. Michele Ruiz

If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.

116. Arianna Huffington

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

117. Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real.

118. Socrates

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.

119. Satya Nadella

Our industry does not respect tradition - it only respects innovation.

120. Tim Cook

Work takes on new meaning when you feel you are pointed in the right direction. Otherwise, it's just a job, and life is too short for that.

121. Michael Dell

You don't have to be a genius or a visionary, or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.

122. Theodore Roosevelt

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

123. Thomas Edison

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

124. 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.

125. 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.


Don't only work hard; aspire to do good work. When you feel down, look at this list of inspirational quotes for work and remind yourself of why you started in the first place. Success is yours to take, but the price is in your blood, sweat, and tears.

This article is written by Barasha Medhi who is a part of the marketing team at Vantage Circle. Barasha can be found either searching for interesting HR, company culture, and corporate buzzwords to write about or looking at pictures of cozy Bel Air mansions. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.

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