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

List Of Motivational Work Quotes And Sayings


A cat in gloves catches no mice.

-14th Century French Proverb



All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy

-unknown, courtesy of Leah Cummings



Another day, another dollar.




Be the first in the field and the last to the couch.

-Chinese (on work)



Boys, be ambitious.

-William Smith Clark (1826-1886)



Chop your own wood; it will warm you twice.

-Mack King



Diligence is the mother of good luck.

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



Fishing without a net is merely bathing.

-Hausa (West African) (on authenticity)



Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration.

-Thomas Edison (1847-1931)



Give assistance not advice in a crisis.

-Aesop (c.620-560 BC)


Best Inspirational Work Quotes And Proverbs

He that hath a trade, hath an estate.

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



He that pays the piper, calls the tune.




He that waits on fortune is never sure of a dinner.-

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



He that would eat the fruit, must climb the tree.

-Scottish Proverb



If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.




If you want something done right, do it yourself.




If you want your eggs hatched, sit on them yourself.

-Haitian (on self-reliance)



Implementation beats oration.

-Aesop (c.620-560 BC)



Industry, perseverance & frugality make fortune yield.

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



It is better to wear out one’s shoes than one’s sheets.

-Genovese (Italian)(on work)

Famous Humorous Work Quotes And Proverbs


It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)



Make hay while the sun shines.

-John Heywood (c.1497-1580)



Man cannot live by bread alone.




Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.

-Icelandic (on work)



Neglect mending a small fault and ’twill soon be a great one.

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



Never mind whether the horse is blind or not, just load up the wagon.

-Stephen Boyd



Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today.

-English Proverb



No gains without pains.

-Ben Franklin (1706-1790)



No pain, no gain.

-American (on adversity)



No rest for the weary.

-unknown (variation “no rest for the wicked”)