Inspirational Quotes That Will Get You Through the Work Week

Sure, even The Carpenters agreed that “Mondays always get you down,” but that doesn’t mean some good old-fashioned motivation can’t get you geared up and excited for the week ahead, even with all of its attendant challenges. Let these inspirational quotes, culled from many generations of brilliant thinkers, motivate you to go that extra mile today—especially if it doesn’t seem possible. It is possible, and we also suspect that the rest of your week will thank you later for the effort you put out today.

1. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” —George Lorimer
2. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” —Thomas Carlyle
3. “Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you’re willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” —Lou Holtz
4. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” —Tricia Cunningham
5. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
6. “When someone tells me ‘no,’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.” —Karen E. Quinones Miller
7. “Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” —Farrah Gray
8. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb
9. “Light tomorrow with today.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
10. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale
11. “Someday is not a day of the week.” —Janet Dailey
12. “Make each day your masterpiece.” —John Wooden
13. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” —Muhammad Ali
14. “You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.” —Tony Morgan
15. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt
16.“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers
17. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” —Thomas Jefferson
18. “The more I want to get something done the less I call it work.” —Richard Bach
19. “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” —Robert Collier
20. “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” —Mario Andretti
21.“Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
22.“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” —Albert Einstein
23. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
24. “Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.”
Dalai Lama
25. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
Zig Ziglar
26. “The future depends on what you do today.”
Mahatma Gandhi
27. “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.”
Gary Ryan Blair
28.“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
29. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
Abraham Lincoln
30. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Saint Francis
31. “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”
Dale Carnegie
32.“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.”
Eva Young
33.“Talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Suskind
34. “You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”
Irish Proverb
35. “Don't wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill
36. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
Conrad Hilton
37. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
38. “Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They're realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.”
Elbert Hubbard
39. ”This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan Wilson Watts
40.“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”
Stephen R. Covey
41. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Mark Twain
42. “Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.”
Joseph Barbara
43. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
Abraham Lincoln
44. “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”
Peter Drucker
45. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur
46. “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore Roosevelt
47.“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

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