Work Quotations

Work Quotations
Celebrate Boss's Day on October 16 with this witty collection of work quotations...

The origin of Bosses Day dates back to 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  1. "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve through not dying. "
    --Woody Allen

  2. "Even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until it starts to work."
    -- Anonymous

  3. "The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work."
    --Richard Bach

  4. "Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work--and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."

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

  6. "You've achieved success in your field when you dont know whether what youre doing is work or play. "
    --Warren Beatty

  7. "Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all cost of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense. "
    --Thomas Arnold Bennett

  8. "It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade. "
    --Henry Ward Beecher

  9. "When God wanted sponges and oysters, He made them and put one on a rock and the other in the mud. When He made man, He did not make him to be a sponge or an oyster; He made him with feet and hands, and head and heart, and vital blood, and a place to use them, and He said to him, Go Work. "
    --Henry Ward Beecher

  10. "You can always find reasons to work. There will always be one more thing to do. But when people don't take time out, they stop being productive.They stop being happy, and that affects the morale of everyone around them. "
    --Carisa Bianchi

  11. "The ideas that come out of most brainstorming sessions are usually superficial, trivial, and not very original. They are rarely useful. The process, however, seems to make uncreative people feel that they are making innovative contributions and that others are listening to them. "
    --A Harvey Block

  12. "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted. "
    --David Bly

  13. "I slip from workaholic to bum real easy. "
    --Matthew Broderick

  14. "In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first-ahead of personal glory. "
    --Paul Bear Bryant

  15. "Work - other people's work - is an intolerable idea to a cat. Can you picture cats herding sheep or agreeing to pull a cart? They will not inconvenience themselves to the slightest degree. "
    --Dr. Louis J. Camuti

  16. "Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind. "
    --Thomas Carlyle

  17. "There's a time when you have to separate yourself from what other people expect of you, and do what you love. Because if you find yourself 50 years old and you aren't doing what you love, then what's the point? "
    --Jim Carrey

  18. "The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. "
    --Margaret Carty

  19. "If a man does only what is required of him, he is a slave. If a man does more than is required of him, he is a free man. "
    --Chinese Proverb

  20. "You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough. "
    --Robert Crandall

  21. "Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. "
    --Bette Davis

  22. "To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy "
    --Bette Davis

  23. "No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything. "
    --B. Dodge

  24. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. "
    --Thomas Edison

  25. "There is no substitute for hard work. "
    --Thomas Edison

  26. " The idle man does not know what it is to enjoy rest."

  27. "If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut. "
    --Albert Einstein

  28. "Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. "
    --Albert Einstein

  29. "The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. "
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  30. "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. "
    --Henry Ford
  31. "No other technique for the conduct of life attaches the individual so firmly to reality as laying emphasis on work; for his work at least gives him a secure place in a portion of reality, in the human community. "
    --Sigmund Freud

  32. "People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. "
    --Dr. Allan Fromme

  33. "The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. "
    --Robert Frost

  34. "The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. "
    --Robert Frost

  35. "My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. "
    --Indira Gandhi

  36. "Lose this day loitering, 'Twill be the same story Tomorrow "-- and the next more dilatory. Then indecision brings its own delays, and days are lost lamenting overdays! Are you ernest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can - begin it! Courage has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin it, and the work will be completed. "

  37. "First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. "
    --Greek Proverb

  38. " If work were nice, the rich would not have left it to the poor."
    -- Haitian proverb

  39. "It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life [that] those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest people. "
    --Brutus Hamilton

  40. "Experience is an asset of which no worker can be cheated, no matter how selfish or greedy his immediate employer may be. "
    --Napoleon Hill

  41. "All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract them from achieving their aims. "
    --Lou Holtz

  42. "One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. "
    --Elbert Hubbard

  43. " All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  44. "Individual commitment to a group effort" -- that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work. "
    --Vince Lombardi

  45. "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. "
    --Vince Lombardi

  46. "Win together, lose together, play together, stay together. "
    --Debra Mancuso

  47. "When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose? "
    --Don Marquis

  48. "I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt. "
    --Charles Horace Mayo

  49. "Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success. "
    --David O. McKay

  50. "Vision is where tomorrow begins, for it expresses what you and others who share the vision will be working hard to create. Since most people don't take the time to think systematically about the future, those who do, and who base their strategies and actions on their visions, have inordinate power to shape the future. "
    --Burt Nanus

  51. "If you don't want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work. "
    --Ogden Nash

  52. "The doer alone learneth. "
    --Friedrich Nietzsche

  53. "You must always work not just within but below your means If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve. "
    --Pablo Picasso

  54. "Don't sacrifice your life to work and ideals. The most important things in life are human relations. I found that out too late. "
    --Katharinde Susannah Prichard

  55. "For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. "
    --Rainer Maria Rilke

  56. "I won't take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth."
    --Carl Sandburg

  57. "The phrase "working mother" is redundant. "
    --Jane Sellman

  58. "When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work. "
    --Bernard Shaw

  59. "All work done mindfully rounds us out, helps complete us as persons. "
    --Marsha Sinetar

  60. "The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic --in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea --known to medical science is work."
    --Thomas Szasz, M.D.

  61. "The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives is to think we work for anybody but ourselves. "
    --Brian Tracy

  62. "Early to bed, early to rise Work like hell and advertise."
    --Ted Turner

  63. "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it Autograph your work with excellence. "

  64. "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. "

  65. "But few have spoken of the actual pleasure derived from giving to someone, from creating something, from finishing a task, form offering unexpected help almost invisibly and anonymously."
    -- Paul Wiener

  66. "The only thing to do is to hug one's friends tight and do one's job."
    -- Edith Wharton

  67. "A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune."
    -- Richard Whately

  68. "I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear -- the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about."
    --A.L. Williams

  69. "It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit. "
    --Robert Yates

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