The best 111 quotes about work, motivation and success


Inspirational quotes can encourage us to pursue our goals, overcome obstacles and realize our full potential.

In this article, we have put together a diverse selection of motivational quotes from well-known people that teach us to persevere, believe in ourselves and work hard towards our goals.


If someone’s not attacking you that means you’re not doing your job effectively.

Sean Hannity, american radio talk show host and best-selling author

Careers are here and they’re gone. No matter how great we think we are, we’re nothing but the temples of Ozymandias—we’re ruins in the making.

William Shatner, Canadian author, director, producer, screenwriter.

I never thought about heaven per se. I think when you’re dead, you’re dead. If anything happens after that, you just hope you don’t go to hell.

Helen Thomas, American reporter and author

When my oldest boy was about 14, I started to talk to him about some of the mistakes I made in life, just to put a few dents in that shiny armor.

Denzel Washington, American actor and film producer

I think people sometimes don’t pay enough attention to what they do. I’ve done well, but the reason is pretty simple: I’ve worked my ass off. The toughest thing a performer can do is make it look as if it comes easy.

Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter and actor

Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.

Denzel Washington, American actor, film producer

As human beings we have unlimited potential and imagination. The worst thing you can do is be a conformist and buy into conformity. It’s the worst possible thing. It’s better to be outrageous. It’s better to hang out with the sages, the people open to possibilities, even the psychotics. You never know where you’ll find the geniuses of our society.

Deepak Chopra, Indian-Ameriacn author

The idea is that one’s temperament improves with age; that you learn to deal better with people and become more benevolent and loving. That’s not necessarily true. I try to stay loose but sometimes the best thing to do is get yourself away and take a good nap.

Robert Duvall, American actor and filmmaker

Success has two letters: D-O! 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.

Henry Ford – American inventor and business magnate

You know WHAT you are doing – think about WHY you are doing it!

Simon Sinek, author and motivational speaker

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Tony Robbins, motivational speaker

Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.

John Wayne, American actor

I know what it’s like to lose. But I don’t know how to give up.

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur

Be brave, dare to do something! You can only do it right.


The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs, entrepreneur

Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience.


Only in a headwind can you reach unimagined heights.


You’ve only lost when you stop trying.


Only the weak are sent on easy paths.

Hermann Hesse, writer

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress – Goals.

Barack Obama, politician

Work smarter, not harder.


If you fight, you can lose. If you don’t fight, you’ve already lost.

Bertolt Brecht, playwright

You can’t overtake anyone if you only ever follow in their footsteps.


Should. Should have. Could. Dignity. Do it!


Work becomes a joy when passion and creativity come first.


It is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

Elon Musk, entrepreneur

In all my conversations and research, what I have learned is that successful and fulfilled leaders are not waiting for anything to happen.

Thomas Edison, inventor
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You have to do exactly what you think you can’t do.

Eleanor Roosevelt, politician

If it seems too difficult at first glance, take another look.


Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Tim Notke, basketball coach

You don’t have to be top-notch to get started. But you have to start in order to become great.

Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

If you really want to grow, you have to compete against yourself. Not against the others.


We should all be the leaders we would have wanted ourselves to be.

Simon Sinek, author and motivational speaker

The best thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.

Margaret Carty, author

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.


Individuals can be decisive for the success of a team, but they always remain part of the team.


The only thing stopping us from realizing our ambitions for the future are the doubts we have today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, politician
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A company is only as good as its employees.


The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas Edison, inventor

Always remember that we only really work for ourselves. If someone can like or use it in the episode, that’s fine too. The purpose of life is life itself.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

True heros are made of hard work and integrity.

Hope Solo, former American soccer goalkeeper

It is only through hard work that progress can be made and change can occur.

Shonda Rhimes, American television producer

Sympathetic words come quickly and easily from the lips, but they are endless sources of comfort.

Mother Teresa, Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary

Let none falter, who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing. 

Abraham Lincoln, American politician and 16th President of the United States

elevate true productivity over the appearance of hard work.

Scott Belsky, American entrepreneur and author

The key to successful modern employee management is motivation, not authority.

Ken Blanchard, American author and motivational speaker

An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.

Reid Hoffman, American internet entrepreneur.


When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla

Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.

Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician

Good work makes you feel good, particularly good work makes you feel particularly good. Success is inextricably linked to a feeling of satisfaction.

Mark Sanborn, author and professional speaker

Success has two ingredients: Luck and hard work.

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder and CEO of Asana

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

Mark Zuckerberg, internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook
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It doesn’t matter who you used to be; what matters is who you decide to be todayYou are not your mistakes. You are not your mishaps. You are not your past.

Brian Tracy, Canadian-American motivational speaker and author

If you give up, you are bound to fail.

Gena Showalter, American author.

Never let the fear of failure get in your way.

Babe Ruth, professional American baseball player

Every failure also has something positive – the motivation to do better next time.

Barbara Corcoran, American businesswoman

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker

Never give up on your dreams, otherwise your dreams will give up on you.

John Wooden, American basketball player and coach

Storms don’t scare me because they teach me how to adjust my sails.

Louisa May Alcott, American novelist

Always do exactly what you think you can’t do. And if it doesn’t work: try again and do it better. People who never fail have never faced big challenges.

Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host

There is no such thing as failure. Failure is life trying to steer you in a different direction. True strength lies in the ability to persevere, even when no one believes in your success.

Chris Bradford, British author

Anything is possible, you just have to want it enough.

J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist, playwright and creator of Peter Pan

Be brave. Be prepared to take risks. There is no substitute for experience.

Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist

No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible BE the unexpected.

Lynda Barry, American cartoonist, author and teacher

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

Mark Cuban, American entrepreneur and television personality

Between being able to and actually doing something lies an ocean, and on its bottom rests all too often the wreck of willpower.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian author

The most effective way to do something is to do it.

Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer and author

If you can dance in the rain, the world is your oyster.

Amy Poehler, American actress and comedian
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You don’t have to be the best to start, but you have to start to become the best.

Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker

Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.

Whoopi Goldberg, American actress and comedian

Laziness can be agonizing because you never know when you’ll be done with it.

Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor and comedian

Be as persistent as a stamp. Keep at it until you reach your goal.

Josh Billings, American comedian from the 19th century

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Alleged quote from Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

The road to success is an eternal construction site.

Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian

There is no elevator to success you have to take the stairs.

Joe Girard, American businessman and motivational speaker

To err is human. Blaming the computer, even more so.

Robert Orben, American comedy writer
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