150+ Inspirational Quotes for Increasing Employee Motivation

In today's fast-paced workplace, it can be difficult to sustain high motivation levels. These 150+ Inspirational quotes will help your Employees stay Motivated.

An essential ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to bring out the best in people, and motivation and employee engagement is a big part of that. We all want to be motivated at work and give our best, but sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation. To help you get that extra drive, we at Ricotta have put together some of the most inspirational quotes that will motivate and let you know that success can be achieved with hard work and persistence!

Let’s look at our list of curated 70+ motivation quotes for employees

good quotes for employee motivation

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” ―Octavia Butler

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It is about learning to dance in the rain." - Unknown

“The best way out is always through.” ―Robert Frost

“Keep your energy focused on your goals and ambitions.” -Unknown

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer

“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.” — Unknown

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” —Dale Carnegie

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” -St. Jerome

"More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.” —Cicero

"You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches." —Dita Von Teese

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence." —Calvin Coolidge

"Worry is a misuse of imagination." —Unknown

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” ―Maya Angelou

“Don’t work for recognition but do work worthy of recognition.” -Unknown

best quotes for employee motivation

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." -Newt Gingrich

"What you don’t sweat out when you’re young will turn into tears when you’re old." -Japanese Proverb

"Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." -Dwayne The Rock Johnson

Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich. -Jim Carrey

"A year from now you will wish you had started today." —Unknown

"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel." —unknown

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” —Carl Sagan

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” -unknown

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” —Drew Houston

“Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.” —unknown

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” —Louise Hay

“People's passion and desire for authenticity is strong.” —Constance Wu

“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” —Jennifer Lopez

“WORRY looks around. REGRET looks back. FAITH looks forward.” -unknown

“One day, you'll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.” - Unknown

motivational quotes for employee recognition

“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” —Billie Jean King

“I can, therefore I am.” -Simone Weil

“Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow, without a little rain.” -unknown

“I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.” —Mia Hamm

“Keep calm and don't care what others think.” - unknown

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” —Michael Jordan

“Nothing will happen if you just sit around waiting. Go get it” -Unknown

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” —Helen Keller

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.” —Steve Jobs

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm possible"” - Unknown

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein

motivational quotes for employee engagement

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” -H. G. Wells

"Mindset is everything. Once you believe you can achieve something, you most likely will." - unknown

“If you can't yet do great things, do small things in a great way.” ―Napoleon Hill

“if you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win.”-Unknown

“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.” ―Jim Rohn

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” —Augustine Og Mandino

“Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” -Simone de Beauvoir

“You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday” -Unknown

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” —John Wooden

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ―Abraham Lincoln

“Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there.” -Bo Jackson

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” —Stephen Covey

inspirational quotes for employee motivation

“Do not wait for the perfect time and place to enter, for you are already onstage.” —Unknown

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”  -W. Clement Stone

“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” ―Epicurus

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." —Mary Anne Radmacher

“If the decisions you make about where you invest your blood, sweat, and tears are not consistent with the person you aspire to be, you’ll never become that person.” ―Clayton M. Christensen

“You will never win if you never begin.” -Helen Rowland

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” —Laird Hamilton

“Each morning is a new opportunity to start off fresh, and try again.”-unknown

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”- unknown

“For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.” —Vincent van Gogh

“Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” -Sam Levenson

“To succeed, never compare yourself to anyone else.”-Unknown

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” —Maria Edgeworth

“When you’re riding, only the race in which you’re riding is important.” -Bill Shoemaker

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” - Ross Perot

motivational quotes for employee appreciation

“An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head.” -Emil Zatopek

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” -Marv Levy

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” -Ben Hogan

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”   -Liane Cardes

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” -Billie Jean King

"Instead of complaining about the problem and blaming others, start finding the solution."― Roy T. Bennett

"Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius."― William Blake

"I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love."― Jennifer Elisabeth

"Stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible."― Mary Anne Radmacher

"I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas."― Michael Moorcock

"Sometimes you can learn, even from a bad experience. By coping you become stronger. The pain does not go away, but it becomes manageable."― Somaly Mam

"Today is today, only today... tomorrow...it will only be yesterday."― L. Curt Erler

"Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action."― Brendan Francis Brown

quotes for job motivation

"Life is and will ever remain an equation incapable of solution, but it contains certain known factors."― Nikola Tesla

"If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride"― Karen Horney

"But the past cannot be changed, and we carry our choices with us, forward, into the unknown. We can only move on."― Libba Bray

"The only way to support a revolution is to make your own."― Abbie Hoffman

"Don't belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself."― Corita Kent

"I’m not aspiring to be someone else – If I’m me for the rest of my life then so be it"― Terry Lander

"Do you have any advice for your readers? Lead the life that’s yours instead of faking someone else’s."― Sandy Nathan

"No one wakes up in the morning and says, 'I want to gain 150 pounds and I will start right now!"― Tricia Cunningham

"You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is, it's how we use it that makes things possible."― Henry Ford

"It doesn't matter how great your shoes are if you don't accomplish anything in them."― Martina Boone

"We see things not as they are, we see them as WE are."― Morrie Camhi

"There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning!"― Abbie Hoffman

"Inspiration is external and motivation is internal. It is up to me to provide the switch and you to flip it on!"― Tricia Cunningham

"Rule your mind or it will rule you."― Horace

employee morale quotes

"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but its own talents."― Eric Hoffer

"Nothing can be more hurtful to your heart than betraying yourself."― Roy T. Bennet

"Sometimes questions are more important than answers."― Nancy Willard

"Why give up? Why give in?"― Breaking Benjamin

"When you are up against a wall, put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall and grow."― C.G. Jung

"When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them."― Allan Lokos

"Echo of your thoughts are more important than your actions because that has greater impact on the world."― Amit Ray

"When the creative impulse sweeps over you, grab it. You grab it and honor it and use it, because momentum is a rare gift."― Justina Chen Headley

"Uniqueness is what makes you the most beautiful."― Lea Michele

"You’ll be bothered from time to time by storms, fog, snow. When you are, think to yourself, ‘What they could do, I can do."― Antoine de Saint

"Life's managed, not cured."― Phillip C. Mcgraw

"Failure is a greater teacher than success"― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

"If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist."― Neil Gaiman

employee quotes inspirational

"We can become inspired to shape a higher, more ideal future, and when we do, miracles happen."― James Redfield

"If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don't, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way."― Matt D. Miller

"He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration."― Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will lead you to your dream."― James Ross

"Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work."― Chuck Close

"Dream big. Wake up. Take the first step into the unknown."― Roy T. Bennett

"The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow."― Aaron Lauritsen

"The restless spirit never loses its wings. If sometimes it cannot fly, it is because during those moments the sky vanishes."― R.N. Prasher

"One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime."― Elisabeth Elliot

"Read deeply. Stay open. Continue to wonder."― Austin Kleon

"The beginning is always NOW."― Roy T. Bennett

"They may try to stop you by their words and deeds, but like air you will rise above it all. You are unstoppable"― Bernard Kelvin Clive

employee motivational quotes for the day

"There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow."― Aaron Lauritsen

"There is no tomorrow and there was no yesterday; if you truly want to accomplish your goals you must engulf yourself in today."― Noel DeJesus

"Take responsibility for your own happiness, do not expect people or things to bring you happiness, or you could be disappointed."― Rodolfo Costa

"Who dares, win."― Paulo Coelho

"All my problems bow before my stubbornness."― Amit Kalantri

"Without inspiration, we’re all like a box of matches that will never be lit."― David Archuleta

"No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities."― Christian Nestell Bovee

"Play to win, not "not to lose"."― Dondi Scumaci

"Step out of your comfort zone. Comfort zones, where your unrealized dreams are buried, are the enemies of achievement. Leadership begins when you step outside your comfort zone."― Roy T. Bennett

"Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you."― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"Starting over can be the scariest thing in the entire world, whether it’s leaving a lover, a school, a team, a friend or anything else that feels like a core part of our identity but when your gut is telling you that something here isn’t right or feels unsafe, I really want you to listen and trust in that voice."― Jennifer Elisabeth

"Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end."― Roy Bennett

"Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive."― Jhumpa Lahiri

"The most dangerous irony is, people are angry with others because of their own incompetence."― Amit Kalantri

"The first gift is Strength. May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it."― Charlene Costanzo

"Facing your fears robs them of their power"― Mark Burnett

"Sometimes you must reach beyond yourself to reach yourself within yourself."― Markiplier

Employee motivation quotes

"The dream is to keep surprising yourself, never mind the audience."― Tom Hiddleston

"It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all."― William James

"So, the world is fine. We don’t have to save the world—the world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about, is whether or not the world we live in, will be capable of sustaining us in it. That’s what we need to think about."― Douglas Adams

"Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible"― William Arthur Ward

"The possibility of the dream gives strength."― Lailah Gifty Akita

"Belief isn't supposed to make sense, at least not all the time. In that, it finds its power. It gets to creep up on you and carry you forward. Until you can carry yourself again."― Laura Dave

"There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."― Paulo Coelho


We all need a little motivation to get through the day at work. Share these quotes with your team to motivate them at the start of a meeting, or just share them on Slack at the start of the day.

It's time to give your employees the push they deserve! Ricotta helps you do just that!


What are some of the most inspirational work quotes?

1. “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

-Kahlil Gibran

2. "Work is good for the soul."

-Greek Proverb

3. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."

-Babe Ruth

How can I motivate my employees?

One of the most important aspects of any business is to motivate employees. Motivation can come in many forms, such as monetary rewards for good work, giving positive feedback and recognition. It's important to keep motivation levels high to ensure that your employees are always working at their best.

Motivating employees can be one of the most difficult tasks for any business owner or manager. There are many ways to go about doing this, but it all boils down to showing appreciation and rewarding those who do a good job. The following tips should give you some ideas on how you can increase the drive and ambition of your workforce:

- Create a team environment where everyone shares responsibilities and helps each other out

- Find personal means of motivating individual workers

- Implement personalized reward systems for motivated productive employees because not all employees might respond to monetary rewards

What is the best way to measure employee motivation?

The question of motivation is a tricky one.

Organizations have been using a lot of different metrics to measure the level of motivation in their employees. Some use revenue generated by the company, while others use productivity levels for a more accurate assessment.

Research shows that there is no single way to measure employee motivation. Instead, there are many methods that can be used to obtain this information. In most cases, it is best to use a combination of these methods in order to obtain the most accurate representation of how an employee feels about their job and company.

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