Work Quotes
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Work quotes say a lot about doing what you love. Right livelihood means doing a job you enjoy. Working at something you hate is soul-draining labor! Finding a job...

...that feels like play means you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Kahlil Gibran tells us work is love made visible. Are you doing work that fills you up or absolutely drains you?   I hope this Johnny Carson work quote inspires you to action, “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing , you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could have possibly imagined.”

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Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.
Chuck Close

The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.
Steve Jobs

The real work of this life is not what we do every day from 9-5…The real work is to be passionate, be holy, be wild, be irreverent, to laugh and cry until you awaken the sleeping spirits, until the ground of your being cleaves and the universe comes flooding in.
Geneen Roth

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser

The highest reward for one's toil is not what one gets for it, but what one becomes by it.
John Ruskin

To every person there comes in their lifetime that special moment when you are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to you and your talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds you unprepared or unqualified for work which could have been your finest hour.
Winston Churchill

Work has to include our deepest values and passions and feelings and commitments, or it's not work, it's just a job.
Matthew Fox

When you work, you fulfill a part of earth's fondest dream assigned to you when that dream is born.
Kahlil Gibran

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
Pearl S. Buck

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford

Nothing will work unless you do.
Maya Angelou

Find a need and fill it.
Ruth Stafford Peale

Finding and creating your life's work, even if it is entirely different from what you have done most of your life, will bring you more happiness and health than any other action you can take. If your primary responsibility in life is being true to yourself, that can only be accomplished by carrying out what you are called to do - your unique and special vocation...Your life's work involves doing what you love and loving what you do.
Dennis Kimbro

I think a person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. There's a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there's no such thing as work, and there's no such thing as getting tired. That's been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they've all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen.
Joseph Campbell

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction.
Pablo Picasso

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
Francoise de Motteville

Work for your own soul's sake.
Edgar Lee Masters

When a person applies enthusiasm to his job, the job will itself become alive with exciting new possibilities.
Norman Vincent Peale

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.
Steve Jobs

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.
Helen Gurley Brown

Do what you love. Do what makes your heart sing. And never do it for the money. Don't go to work to make money; go to work to spread joy.
Marianne Williamson

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.
Madeleine L'Engle

Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it.
Charles Allen

I've learned that making a ‘living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.'
Maya Angelou

It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible.
Thomas Robert Gaines

The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness....
Thomas Alva Edison

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.
Oprah Winfrey

Choose a job you love and you will never work another day in your life.

Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
Oprah Winfrey

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.

I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Rita Mae Brown

I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.
Ray Bradbury

Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.
Meryl Streep

Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourishes you.

One must work and dare if one really wants to live.
Vincent van Gogh

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Stephen King

The best work is not what is most difficult for you: it is what you do best.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Robert Frost

The secret is keeping busy, and loving what you do.
Lionel Hampton

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it. Who was it who said, Blessed is the man who has found his work? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work—not somebody else's work. The work that is really a man's own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.
Mark Twain

Work and play are the same. When you're following your energy and doing what you want all the time, the distinction between work and play dissolves.
Shakti Gawain

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
Kahlil Gibran

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
James Allen

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.

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