Even the best of us get bogged down. Stress loads are at a maximum high. There is too much on your plate at work, and you find yourself questioning, “How can one person take on this much responsibility?” or “How am I going to meet all these deadlines?” As employees, we have all been there. There are weeks when you feel drained and you just can’t seem to find that internal spark to keep you going. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and get a fresh perspective.

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There’s inspiration all around us

It can be as easy as taking a different route to work, changing your exercise routine or even walking through a park. But from time to time, we have to look to the pros for guidance. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite quotes from philosophers, politicians, authors and inventors. If you are finding yourself in that sticky, no-fun, uninspired spot at work, use these employee motivation quotes to help you get reconnected. And feel free to comment and share some of your favorite quotes as well!

It takes no talent to give effort.
Ben Cline, Politician

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
– Benjamin Franklin, Politician

Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
– Sam Walton


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I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
– Queen Elizabeth II, Queen/Politician

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.
– Chris Grosser, Photographer

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
– Truman Capote, Author

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.
– Marissa Mayer, CEO

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
– Lolly Daskal, CEO

Never, never, never give up.
– Sir Winston Churchill, Politician

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
– Dr. Wayne Dyer

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
– Michael Jordan

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and again and bring their friend.
– Walt Disney