100 Quotes About Work To Keep You Productive

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Work is hard and we take a ton of our lifetime doing our work-related activities. The notion that one is going to complete university and double down on either an 8-5 is taunting. But for us to make it through life, work is a necessity, and sometimes it is what keeps our life going. 

Work can be fun also, depending on what you see work to be and how you want it to be. Neglecting the toughness and hardness of work, below are some 100 quotes that will motivate you to keep doing your work and be productive whilst doing it. 

100 motivational and inspirational quotes about work to keep you productive. 

1 “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

2. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie

3. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

4. “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris

5. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” – Francine Jay

6. “You can fool everyone else, but you can’t fool your own mind.” – David Allen

7. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky, 

8. “Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.” – Leo Babauta

9. Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.” – Franz Kafka

10. “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan

11. “The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin E. Mays

12. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

13. “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” – Peter Drucker

14. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

15. “You don’t need a new plan for next year. You need a commitment.” – Seth Godin

16. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett

17. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

18. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

19. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

20.Focus on being productive instead of busy.” – Tim Ferriss

21. “Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.” – Coco Chanel

22. “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

23. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

24. “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Picasso

25. “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

26. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

27. “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away.” – Ronald Reagan

28. “We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.” – Herb Kelleher

29. “You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” – Tony Robbins

30. “If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.” – Jack Ma

31. “Why do anything unless it is going to be great?” – Peter Block

32. “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!” – Tony Robbins

33. “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” – Pablo Picasso

34. “Efficiency is doing better what is already being done.”- Peter Drucker, 

35. “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

36. “Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

37. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey

38. “Discussion is an exchange of knowledge an argument an exchange of ignorance.” – Robert Quillen

39. “When you combine ignorance and leverage, you get some pretty interesting results.” – Warren Buffett

40. “Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” – Stephen Hawking

41. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”  – George Lorimer

42 “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” – Thomas Carlyle

43. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

44. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.”  – Tricia Cunningham

45. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  – Henry David Thoreau

46. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” – Karen E. Quinones Miller

47. “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray

48. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

49. “Light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

51. “Someday is not a day of the week.” – Janet Dailey

52. “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

53. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

54. “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” – Tony Morgan

55. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Roosevelt

56. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

57. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

58. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

59. “The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

60. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

61. “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti

62. “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” Eleanor Roosevelt

63. “Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” —Albert Einstein

64. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”  – Yoda

65. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” – Nelson Henderson

66. “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Emile Zola

67. “Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – Arthur Christopher Benson

68. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan and guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

69. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

70. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

71. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E. E. cummings

72. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

73. “What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

74. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” — Herman Melville

75. “Fall 7 times, stand up 8.” – Japanese Proverb

76. “It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

77. “Success only comes to those who dare to attempt.” – Mallika Tripathi

78. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie

79. “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

80. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

81. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

82. “Don’t aim for success if you want it, just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally.” – David Frost

83. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” – Robert Kiyosaki

84. “The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

85. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.” – Joyce Brothers

86. The best things in life make you sweaty.” – Edgar Allan Poe

87. Sometimes the biggest gain in productive energy will come from cleaning the cobwebs, dealing with old business, and clearing the desks—cutting loose debris that’s impeding forward motion.” – David Allen

89. Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.” – Alan Watts

90. Position yourself to succeed by doing the other things in your life that rejuvenate you. Exhaustion affects your quality and productivity.” – Jeff VanderMeer

91. It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau

92. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey 

93. I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” – Donal Trump

94. Why do anything unless it is going to be great?” – Peter Block

95. Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.” – Margaret Bonnano

96. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

97. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited.” 


98. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X

99. “Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.” 

Chinese proverb

100. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” 

B.B. King

101. “Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

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