50 Motivational Quotes To Get You Through Monday

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated September 16, 2021 | Published February 25, 2020

Updated September 16, 2021

Published February 25, 2020

The abrupt transition from weekend relaxation to workweek action is why Mondays can be a struggle for so many. It’s not easy to enter the week primed with the motivation to be productive.

In this article, we offer 50 inspiring quotes to encourage you to jumpstart the week with a little Monday motivation magic.

Read more: How To Get Motivated at Work

50 quotes to motivate you for work on Mondays

Authors, artists and public figures from around the world have written, spoken and recorded thousands of words related to motivation and encouragement. Here is a list of 50 motivational quotations that can help you stay positive during a stressful Monday at work:

1. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

2. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

3. “It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts.” – Brian White

4. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.” – Abraham Lincoln

5. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

6. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

7. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

8. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

9. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson

10. “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” – Bruce Lee

11. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic proverb

12. "I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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

14. “If not us, who? If not now, when?” – John F. Kennedy

15. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

16. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

17. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

18. “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

19. “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

20. “The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.” – Joel Osteen

21. “The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

22. “I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

23. “The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi

24. “Opportunities don't happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser

25. “The road to success is always under construction” – Lily Tomlin

26. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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

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

29. “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Charles R. Swindoll

30. “Your only limit is you.” – Unknown

31.“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

32.“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

33.“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar

34. “When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn't matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.“ – Edmond Mbiaka

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

36. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

37. “Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket

38. “Think of many things; do one.” – Portuguese proverb

39. “Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John R. Wooden

40. ”Spend 80 percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.” – Brian Tracy

41. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in, and day-out:” – Unknown

42. “Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right.” – Henry Ford

43. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

44. “It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee

45. “Don't cheat the world of your contribution. Give it all you've got.” – Unknown

46. "To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.” – Betty Williams

47. “Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." – Carlos Castaneda

48. “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller

49. “Don't mistake activity with achievement.” – John Wooden

50. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

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