Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Famous Quotes on Enjoying Your Work and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Happiness at Work

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Happy at work

The time you spend working is a significant portion of your life. So it’s vital to be happy at work. Choosing a job that fits your purpose and strengths is important to enjoying your work and performing well on the job. Let these famous quotes about enjoying work and well-being motivate you to make positive changes in your career:

“The secret to happiness is doing what you love and the secret to success is loving what you do.” - Vanny Angel

“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.” - Steve Jobs

“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?” - Katherine Graham

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” - Maya Angelou

“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” - Henry Ford

“The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” - Pearl S. Buck

“Joy comes from using your potential.” - William Schutz

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” - Rumi

“When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.” -  Maxim Gorky

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” -  Aristotle

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” - Patanjali

“There can be no joy in living without joy in work.” - Thomas Aquinas

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something greater than you, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” - Judy Collins

“A job isn’t worth doing unless you enjoy it.” - Dinah Sheridan

“Good and productive labor is valuable, and it doesn't mean you have to have a fancy job description. You don't have to become rich. You can be ordinary. Happiness lies there. Do good work, create good work for others.” - Jay Parini

“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” - Dale Carnegie

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.” - John Ruskin

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do – with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” - Vincent Van Gogh

“The secret of success if making your vocation your vacation.” - Mark Twain

“People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.” - Joe Gibbs

“Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work.” - Joseph Barbara

“Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.” - Sir William Osler

“Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it.” - Catherine Pulsifer

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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