100 Motivational Office Quotes To Encourage You at Work

By Indeed Editorial Team

July 15, 2021

Motivational quotes from well-known and successful people serve as reminders that others have experienced and overcome the same challenges you face. Challenges can help you grow and learn, and quotes about them may help you understand the importance of your efforts. Reading these quotes can provide you with the motivation you need to achieve your goals at work. In this article, we share 100 motivational office quotes to encourage you to feel inspired and determined to succeed at work.

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Why are motivational office quotes important?

Motivational office quotes are important because they offer an easy way to enhance your mood and increase your productivity at work. Memorizing some of them can make them easy to recall when you need encouragement or a positive reminder to keep persevering. Additionally, when you feel good about the work you do, it can increase your morale in the workplace and improve job satisfaction.

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100 motivational office quotes to encourage you in the workplace

If you need some motivation at work, these quotes can encourage you to work toward your goals:

20 quotes about direction

These quotes can help you feel good about the choices you make at work:

  1. "Happiness is a direction, not a place." — Sydney J. Harris

  2. "Change is inevitable. Change will always happen, but you have to apply direction to change, and that's when it's progress." — Doug Baldwin

  3. "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." — Lao Tzu

  4. "We must travel in the direction of our fear." — John Berryman

  5. "Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction." — Al Bernstein

  6. "You've got to think about the big things while you're doing the small things so that all the small things go in the right direction." — Alvin Toffler

  7. "The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other. In fact, they're mutually reinforcing." — Michael Porter

  8. "You have to always be ready, always be alive, and always be willing to move in a new direction." — Kevin Spacey

  9. "If everybody is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction." — Sam Walton

  10. "Failure doesn't exist. It's only a change of direction." — Alejandro Jodorowsky

  11. "Start your day in an upward direction, and the rest of the day will follow the uphill path." — Vernon Howard

  12. "You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight." — Jim Rohn

  13. "The Titanic did not hit the iceberg because they did not see it coming but because they could not change direction." — Dean Devlin

  14. "We know from research that growth is actually contagious, so if you want to reach your goals, you've got to be around people that are going in the same direction you want to be going, and you will catch the success." — Henry Cloud

  15. "The greatest thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving." — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  16. "What's in store for me in the direction I don't take?" — Jack Kerouac

  17. "You can't save a season with one game, but it can definitely get you going in the right direction." — Ravi Moss

  18. "Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days." — Zig Ziglar

  19. "Study the past if you would define the future." — Confucius

  20. "Failure is an amazing data point that tells you which direction not to go." — Payal Kadakia

20 quotes about persistence

Here are some quotes about the power of persistence:

  1. "Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure." — Aisha Tyler

  2. "Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in." — Bill Bradley

  3. "Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems." — Gever Tulley

  4. "Energy and persistence conquer all things." — Benjamin Franklin

  5. "The best way out is always through." — Robert Frost

  6. "You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain." — Tom Hiddleston

  7. "Keep a little fire burning, however small, however hidden." — Cormac McCarthy

  8. "Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." — James A. Michener

  9. "Talent is nothing without persistence." — Dean Crawford

  10. "Wake up, start walking and stop not till the world is lifted." — Abhijit Naskar

  11. "Paralyze resistance with persistence." — Woody Hayes

  12. "The big talent is persistence." — Octavia E. Butler

  13. "Life is full of challenges, but I always have the three Ps: passion, patience and persistence. And the fourth one is pizza." — Butch Hartman

  14. "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer." — Albert Einstein

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

  16. "Money grows on the tree of persistence." — Japanese proverb

  17. "Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality, the other a matter of time." — Marabel Morgan

  18. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." — Pablo Picasso

  19. "Many of life's failures are people who did not know how close they were when they gave up." — Thomas Edison

  20. "We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." — Tobias Wolff

20 quotes about confidence

These quotes about confidence can encourage you to recognize your skills and use them to the best of your ability:

  1. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." — John Wooden

  3. "We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." — Marie Curie

  4. "If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." — Vincent van Gogh

  5. "Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." — Paul Tournier

  6. "Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." — Benjamin Spock

  7. "Accept who you are, and revel in it." — Mitch Albom

  8. "Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye." — Helen Keller

  9. "As is our confidence, so is our capacity." — William Hazlitt

  10. "Skill and confidence are an unconquered army." — George Herbert

  11. "Experience tells you what to do. Confidence allows you to do it." — Stan Smith

  12. "With confidence, you have won before you started." — Marcus Garvey

  13. "It's best to act with confidence, no matter how little right you have to it." — Lillian Hellman

  14. "You are the only person on earth who can use your ability." — Zig Ziglar

  15. "Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well, too." — David Storey

  16. "Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing." — Theodore Roosevelt

  17. "You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." — Michael Jordan

  18. "Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." — Samuel Johnson

  19. "You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection." — Buddha

  20. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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20 quotes about hard work

Here are some quotes about hard work to motivate you when you have a challenging day:

  1. "A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." — Colin Powell

  2. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." — Vidal Sassoon

  3. "I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." — Frank Lloyd Wright

  4. "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work." — Stephen King

  5. "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." — Ray Kroc

  6. "Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." — John F. Kennedy

  7. "A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things." — Ralph Lauren

  8. "For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work." — Jessica Savitch

  9. "I learned the value of hard work by working hard." — Margaret Mead

  10. "Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs." — Malcolm Forbes

  11. "Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard." — Tim Notke

  12. "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy." — Dale Carnegie

  13. "Without labor, nothing prospers." — Sophocles

  14. "The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action." — Alexander Graham Bell

  15. "Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." — Dwayne Johnson

  16. "Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work." — Booker T. Washington

  17. "You can achieve anything you put your mind and hard work to." — Sara Sampaio

  18. "When you put a lot hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that's a really good feeling." — Derek Jeter

  19. "Hard work always wins in the end." — Lucas Till

  20. "Luck? I don't know anything about luck. Luck to me is something else: hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." — Lucille Ball

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20 quotes about overcoming obstacles

These quotes about overcoming obstacles can help you visualize the result of your perseverance:

  1. "The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it." — Moliere

  2. "Life keeps throwing me stones, and I keep finding the diamonds." Ana Claudia Antunes

  3. "Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of true men." — Martha Graham

  4. "You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity." — Golda Meir

  5. "Hang onto your hat, hang onto your hope and wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day." — E. B. White

  6. "There is no education like adversity." — Benjamin Disraeli

  7. "Turn your wounds into wisdom." — Oprah Winfrey

  8. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." — Chinese proverb

  9. "Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly, you're doing the impossible." — Francis of Assisi

  10. "I don't run away from a challenge because I'm afraid. I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot." — Nadia Comaneci

  11. "A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it." — Ray Davis

  12. "A new challenge keeps the brain kicking and the heart ticking." — E. A. Bucchianeri

  13. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." — Seth Godin

  14. "We acquire the strength we have overcome." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

  15. "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." — Ernest Hemingway

  16. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." — Milton Berle

  17. "Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records." — William Arthur Ward

  18. "Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  19. "Adversity is the first path to truth." — Lord Byron

  20. "Adversity is preparation for greatness." — Andy Andrews

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