Famous Quotes on Well-Being at Work

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Are you happy in your job? As a leader, are you working to achieve goals that truly matter? Well-being is a vital part of leadership because only leaders who are well can successfully lead others. Here are some motivational quotes to challenge you to pursue greater well-being at work:

“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” – Pearl S. Buck

“I think the foremost quality – there’s no success without it – is really loving what you do. If you love it, you do it well, and there’s no success if you don’t do well what you’re working at.” – Malcolm Forbes

“Work is love made visible.” –  Kahlil Gibran

“The people who make it to the top – whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos – are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.” – Quincy Jones

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“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

“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

“Healing comes from taking responsibility: to realize that it is you – and no one else – that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.” – Peter Shepherd

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” – Johnny Carson

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” – Harvey Firestone

“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

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

“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

“There are few, if any, jobs in which ability alone is sufficient. Needed, also, are loyalty, sincerity, enthusiasm and team play.” – William B. Given, Jr.

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” – Betty Bender

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” – James M. Barrie

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” – David McCullough

“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

“I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, ‘Yes, I have it all.’ Because no matter what any of us has – and how grateful we are for what we have – no one has it all.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” – Warren Beatty

“The body and mind are intrinsically linked. Stress and anxiety are the root of many illnesses, we need to listen to our minds to prevent them.” – Jayne Morris

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of the water.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” – Marilu Henner

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain De Botton

“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” – Warren Buffet

“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” – Frank Tyger

“I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side – I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever.” – Stephen King

“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius