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16 Workplace Quotes That Describe Your Office

Ranging from the inspirational and motivational to the funny and lighthearted, keep reading for a list of our 16 favorite workplace quotes from noteworthy authors, teachers and leaders. They may describe your office as well as the work you’re doing. Browse the list below to stay motivated and excited about your career — with wisdom ranging from Steve Jobs to Michael Scott.

16 Workplace Quotes That Describe Your Office

“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.”

– Steve Jobs, late CEO of Apple

“Make today your masterpiece.”

– John Wooden, former head basketball coach of UCLA

“I find that the harder I work, the less I call it work.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

“Treat employees like they make a difference and they will.”

– Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS

“Leaders should influence others in such a way that it builds people up, encourages them, and educates them so they can duplicate this attitude in others.”

– Bob Goshen, global business guru

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

– Seth Godin, American author and entrepreneur

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

“If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

– Ray Kroc, American businessman

“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

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

– Anne Frank

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren, and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation—the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing—is essential for high levels of creativity.”

– Daniel H. Pink, NYT bestselling author

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”

– Simon Sinek, British/American author and motivational speaker

“The only time I set the bar low is for limbo.”

– Michael Scott, The Office

What other workplace quotes describe your office? Let us know!

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