10Inspirational Career Quotes

No matter where you are in your career, chances are you’re in need of a little motivation to get to the next step—to go for the job you’ll actually love waking up for, to ask for that promotion, or to just push through a rough day.

So, we’ve pulled together 50 inspirational career quotes to help you do just that. Now, off you go to get inspired.

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

Alice Walker

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.

Paul F. Davis

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

Katharine Whitehorn

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

Milton Berle

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.

Kurt Cobain

The future depends on what you do today.

Mahatma Gandhi

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

Stephen Covey

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.

Chris Grosser

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Francis of Assisi

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.

Gore Vidal

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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.

Steve Jobs

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.

David Foster Wallace

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.

Arthur Golden

There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

Nelson Mandela

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

Paulo Coelho

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

Anna Freud

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

William James

There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard

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

Sheryl Sandberg

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem

A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

He who never makes an effort, never risks a failure.


If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

Seth Godin

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.

Les Brown

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

Mother Teresa

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

Michael Nolan

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.

Cecil Selig

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.

Amelia Earhart

Don’t feel sorry for yourself, only assholes do that.