Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old career quotes, career sayings, and career proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

List Of Motivational Career Quotes And Sayings


Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.

Carlton Fisk 

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career

Lou Holtz 

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

Jane Fonda

I’ve come to realize your career is all about the choices you make. Every single one matters.

Demi Lovato

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.

Katherine Whitehorn 

I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work and be proud that I tried everything.

Jon Stewart 

I feel ups and downs are a part of one’s career, and this totally depends on how you take it. You can either be knocked down by the negative things, or you can take it in a positive way and learn from it.

Deepika Padukone 

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

Sheryl Sandberg

People don’t choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.

John Dos Passos

Best Inspirational Career Quotes And Sayings


For many people a job is more than an income – it’s an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life.

Paul Clitheroe


Your career is like a garden. It can hold an assortment of life’s energy that yields a bounty for you. You do not need to grow just one thing in your garden. You do not need to do just one thing in your career.

Jennifer Ritchie Payette

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


The word career is a divisive word. It’s a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.

Grace Paley 

A political career brings out the basest qualities in human nature.

James Bryce

Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor. Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiseling and scraping and polishing.

BC Forbes 

In a person’s career, well, if you’re process-oriented and not totally outcome-oriented, then you’re more likely to be a success. I often say ‘pursue excellence, ignore success.’ Success is a by-product of excellence.

Deepak Chopra

To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.

Sister Mary Lauretta

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.

Robert Frost

Famous Humorous Career Quotes And Proverbs


You never stop earning when you do what you love.

Asha Tyson

Analyzing what you haven’t got as well as what you have is a necessary ingredient of a career.

Orison Swett Marden

A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.

Marilyn Monroe

The first essential in a boy’s career is to find out what he’s fitted for, what he’s most capable of doing and doing with a relish.

Charles M. Schwab

The darkest day in a man’s career is that wherein he fancies there is some easier way of getting a dollar than by squarely earning it.

Horace Greeley

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson

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’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.

Roger Caras

If you don’t wake up in the morning excited to pick up where you left your work yesterday, you haven’t found your calling yet.

Mike Wallace

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

Pearl Buck

The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.

Alan Greenspan