Quotes About Work

Here are some of my favorite quotes about work. If you know a great quote that you think I should include, please comment below or email me.

Quotes About Vocation

“Where talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation.”
Aristotle – Philosopher

“Vocation comes from the Latin vocare, to call, and means the work a man is called to by God. There are all different kinds of voices calling you to all different kinds of work, and the problem is to find out which is the voice of God rather than of Society, say, or the Super-ego, or Self-interest… Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Frederick Buechner – Theologian

“An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man’s entire existence.”
Honoré de Balzac – Novelist and Playwright

“Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.”
Honoré de Balzac – Novelist and Playwright

“A vocation that is not mine, no matter how externally valued, does violence to the self…”
Parker J. Palmer – Author, Educator, and Activist

“Discover vocation and creation. And joy will come like clairvoyance, where blindness was before.”
Rumi – Sufi Poet

“It is common to think of a vocation as a career that you somehow feel you were ‘meant to do.’ I prefer a different definition, one closer to the historical origins of the concept: a vocation is a career that not only gives you fulfillment — meaning, flow, freedom — but that also has a definitive goal or a clear purpose to strive for attached to it, which drives your life and motivates you to get up in the morning.”
Roman Krznaric – Lifestyle Philosopher, Author, Speaker

“The secret of success is making your vocation your vacation.”
Mark Twain – Author and Humorist

Quotes About Loving Your Work

“The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, it’s really a different kind of life.”
Buckminster Fuller – Engineer, Author, Designer, Inventor, and Futurist

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Confucius – Social Philosopher and Teacher

“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
John Ruskin – Art Critic and Social Activist

“Work without love is slavery.”
Mother Teresa – Catholic Nun, Humanitarian

Steve Jobs “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple Computer, NeXT, and Pixar Animation Studios, Commencement Speech Delivered At Stanford University, 2005

Quotes About Work Happiness

“To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.”
John Dewey – Educator, Philosopher, Psychologist

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.”
John Ruskin – Art Critic and Social Activist

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”
Parker J. Palmer – Author, Educator, and Activist

Quotes About Work and Luck

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”
Garrison Keillor – Writer and Broadcaster

“The harder I work the luckier I get.”
Samuel Goldwyn – Film Producer

Quotes About The Importance of Work

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”
Sigmund Freud – Neurologist and Founder of Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud

“Love and work, work and love…that’s all there is.”
Sigmund Freud – Neurologist and Founder of Psychoanalysis

Quotes About Work and Persistence

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein, Father of Modern Physics

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
“Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.”
Henry Wheeler Shaw writing as Josh Billings – Humorist

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
“Louis Pasteur – Scientist and Inventor of the Process of Pasteurization

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Michael Jordan – Retired American NBA Basketball Player (considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time)

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Jacob Riis – Journalist, Social Activist

Quotes About Mistakes At Work

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein – Father of Modern Physics

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard – Author, Philosopher

“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.”
Ingvar Kamprad – Founder of IKEA

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows. You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”
Anne Lamott – Author

Quotes About Work and Risk

“The biggest risk you can take is to take no risk.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook

Quotes About Failure

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.”
George Burns – Comedian

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy – Politician

Quotes About Critics

“When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember they’re telling you their story, not yours.”
Cynthia Occelli – Life Coach

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States

Quotes About Teaching and Learning

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin – Inventor, Printer, Philosopher, Founding Father of the United States

Quotes About Connection/Community

“The best things happen when people are running into each other and sharing ideas. It’s all about maximizing collisions and accelerating serendity.”
Tony Hsieh – Founder of Zappos

“The reason entrepreneurs hang out with each other is because it’s inspiring to watch people work on problem after problem.”
Penelope Trunk – Author, Entrepreneur, Career Coach

Funny Quotes About Work

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”
Edgar Bergen – Academy Award Winning Actor and Ventriloquist

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work…I want to achieve it through not dying.”
Woody Allen – Writer, Director, and Actor

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