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Today's corporate business environment is rife with stiff competition. Conflicts, successes, and failures, professional ups and downs are part and parcel of the business world.

To keep your employees motivated and engaged at work, a positive frame of mind in the workplace is paramount.

In a culture of constant overwork and stress, it's vital that people can focus on the brighter aspects, which grants them a positive outlook.

In this case, displaying inspirational quotes across the office may be the simplest method to make the atmosphere appear more welcoming and cheery.

100 Inspirational Workplace Quotes To Spread Positivity And Improve Morale

1. John C. Maxwell

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
~ John C. Maxwell

2. Phil Jackson

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
~ Phil Jackson

3. Saji Ijiyemi

You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.
~ Saji Ijiyemi

4. Simon Sinek

A team is not a group of people that work together. A team is a group of people that trust each other.
~ Simon Sinek

5. Jane Goodall

Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.
~ Jane Goodall

6. Roy E. Disney

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.
~ Roy E. Disney

7. Krishna Saagar Rao

All conflicts are rooted in emotions. If you can satiate the emotions, you can resolve the conflicts.
~ Krishna Saagar Rao

8. Aristotle

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

9. B. J. Gupta

Hard work doesn't guarantee success but improves its chances.
~ B. J. Gupta

10. Winston Churchill

Workplace quotes by Winston Churchill

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to have changed often.
~ Winston Churchill

11. Robert Collier

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.
~ Robert Collier

12. Steve Jobs

If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
~ Steve Jobs

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13. John Quincy Adams

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

14. Bill Gates

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
~ Bill Gates

15. Cheryl Strayed

Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.
~ Cheryl Strayed

16. Napoleon Hill

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

17. Benjamin Franklin

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin

18. Tony Hsieh

We must all learn not only to not fear change, but to embrace it enthusiastically and, perhaps even more important, encourage and drive it.
~ Tony Hsieh

19. Muhammad Ali

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

20. Dale Carnegie

Workplace quotes by Dale Carnegie

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
~ Dale Carnegie

21. Walter Disney

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
~ Walter Disney

22. Robert Frost

The best way out is always through.
~ Robert Frost

23. Mahatma Gandhi

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

24. Wayne Gretzky

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
~ Wayne Gretzky

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25. Paul J. Meyer

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
~ Paul J. Meyer

26. Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

27. Zig Ziglar

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

28. Stephen Covey

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
~ Stephen Covey

29. Dr. Steve Kerr

If you want something to happen, you have to make people able and you have to make them want to.
~ Dr. Steve Kerr

30. Jim Rohn

Workplace quotes by Jim Rohn

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
~ Jim Rohn

31. Conrad Hilton

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
~ Conrad Hilton

32. Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
~ Abraham Lincoln

33. Ryan Holiday

Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of—that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Your standards are. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.
~ Ryan Holiday

34. Grant Cardone

A little imagination combined with massive action goes a long way.
~ Grant Cardone

35. Madeleine L’Engle

We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.
~ Madeleine L’Engle

36. Lucille Ball

I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.
~ Lucille Ball

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37. Kenneth Thomas

To build a culture of engagement it is important to incorporate training on intrinsic motivation and employee engagement into management development programs.
~ Kenneth Thomas

38. Dr. John Izzo

Failure it appears is not the regret that haunts most people; it is the choice not to risk failure at all.
~ Dr. John Izzo

39. Antos Parrish

The best leaders are those most interested in surrounding themselves with assistants and associates smarter than they are. They are frank in admitting this and are willing to pay for such talents.
~ Antos Parrish

40. Angela Ahrendts

Workplace quotes by Angela Ahrendts

Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.
~ Angela Ahrendts

41. Peter Schutz

Hire character. Train skill.
~ Peter Schutz

42. Eleanor Roosevelt

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

43. Confucius

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
~ Confucius

44. Thomas Jefferson

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
~ Thomas Jefferson

45. William Faulkner

Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.
~ William Faulkner

46. Ai Weiwei

When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.
~ Ai Weiwei

47. Neil deGrasse Tyson

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

48. Barbara McClintock

If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say.
~ Barbara McClintock

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49. Gertrude B. Elion

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.
~ Gertrude B. Elion

50. Tony Fadell

Workplace quotes by Tony Fadell

It’s easy to solve a problem that everyone sees, but it’s hard to solve a problem that almost no one sees.
~ Tony Fadell

51. Edwin Hubble

At the last dim horizon, we search among ghostly errors of observations for landmarks that are scarcely more substantial. The search will continue. The urge is older than history. It is not satisfied and it will not be oppressed.
~ Edwin Hubble

52. Charles Darwin

A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
~ Charles Darwin

53. Carl Sagan

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
~ Carl Sagan

54. Nikola Tesla

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
~ Nikola Tesla

55. Anne Lamott

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.
~ Anne Lamott

56. RuPaul

Fulfillment isn’t found over the rainbow—it’s found in the here and now. Today I define success by the fluidity with which I transcend emotional landmines and choose joy and gratitude instead.
~ RuPaul

57. James Joyce

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
~ James Joyce

58. Hermann Hesse

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
~ Hermann Hesse

59. Kahlil Gibran

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
~ Kahlil Gibran

60. Henry Ford

Workplace quotes by Henry Ford

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
~ Henry Ford

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61. Conan O’Brien

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
~ Conan O’Brien

62. Ray Bradbury

When they give you lined paper, write the other way.
~ Ray Bradbury

63. Dustin

Why are you keeping this curiosity door locked?
~ Dustin

64. George R.R. Martin

Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.
~ George R.R. Martin

65. Jim Carrey

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

66. Dr. Robert Schuller

Tough times never last, but tough people do.
~ Dr. Robert Schuller

67. Buddha

If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.
~ Buddha

68. Charles Dickens

I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
~ Charles Dickens

69. Elphaba

It’s time to try defying gravity.
~ Elphaba

70. Shuri

How many times do I have to teach you: just because something works doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.
~ Shuri

71. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Strength shows not only in the ability to persist but in the ability to start over.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

72. Margaret Mead

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
~ Margaret Mead

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73. Tom Hirshfield

If you hit the target every time, it’s too near or too big.
~ Tom Hirshfield

74. Mary Poppins

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!
~ Mary Poppins

75. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

76. Seneca

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
~ Seneca

77. John Muir

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
~ John Muir

78. Elizabeth Gilbert

If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

79. Leonardo Da Vinci

Learning never exhausts the mind.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci

80. Chanakya

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

81. Louis C.K

“I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.”
~ Louis C.K

82. Jack London

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
~ Jack London

83. Margaret Heffernan

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

84. Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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85. R.A. Mashelkar

An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done.
~ R.A. Mashelkar

86. Truman Capote

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
~ Truman Capote

87. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

88. Ellen Degeneres

Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.
~ Ellen Degeneres

89. Joseph Campbell

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
~ Joseph Campbell

90. Josh Valman

If we can challenge convention, we can solve any problem.
~ Josh Valman

91. Dave Isay

I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen.
~ Dave Isay

92. Thomas Edison

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

93. A.C. Benson

Very often, a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
~ A.C. Benson

94. Oscar Wilde

Genius is born—not paid.
~ Oscar Wilde

95. Harper Lee

Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
~ Harper Lee

96. John Skoll

Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing.
~ John Skoll

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97. Roald Dahl

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
~ Roald Dahl

98. Daniel Kish

Ignorance and fear are but matters of the mind—and the mind is adaptable.
~ Daniel Kish

99. Irish Proverb

You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.
~ Irish Proverb

100. Elizabeth Lesser

Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen.
~ Elizabeth Lesser


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Bhaswati Roy

This article is written by Bhaswati Roy who is a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. In her spare time, she can be found reading crime thrillers or scrolling through food apps, unable to pick what to eat next. For any related queries, contact