70+ Inspirational Quotes for Increasing Employee Motivation

In today's fast-paced workplace, it can be difficult to sustain high motivation levels. These 70+ 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

“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

"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

“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

“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

“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

“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


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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