We can all use a little kick in the rear from time to time. It could be that it’s rainy outside, maybe you didn’t sleep that well last night, or in today’s world, a pandemic like COVID-19 has swept the country and is leaving you feeling kind of “blah.”

Do you need a little inspiration? Get that pep back in your step with any of these motivational quotes for your employees! You’ll find encouraging words from historical figures as well as from your favorite movies, books, songs, and pop culture icons.

Employee Quotes About Feeling Confident

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – E.E. Cummings

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.” – Marie Curie

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin

“Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” – Blake Lively

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”

“Nobody normal ever accomplished anything meaningful in this world.” – Jonathan in “Stranger Things”

“Spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.” – Richard Vernon, the grumpy vice principal in The Breakfast Club

“Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” -Beyoncé Knowles

“No one is you, and that is your power.” – Dave Grohl

“I’ve faced it all and I stood tall and I did it my way.” – lyrics from “My Way” by Frank Sinatra

“No time for negative vibes, cause I’m winning. It’s been a long week, I put in my hardest.” – lyrics from “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige

“You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” – Elle Woods, as played by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde

“I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them.” – Jim Braddock, as played by Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man

“There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.” – quote from Kung Fu Panda

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.” – excerpt from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Employee Quotes to Inspire Action

“Action is the fundamental key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller

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

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Kurt Cobain

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket, author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” – Arnold Palmer

“I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the changes I didn’t take at all.” – Simone Biles

“If I keep my body moving, and my mind occupied at all times, I will avoid falling into a bottomless pit of despair.” – Chris Traeger as played by Rob Lowe in the show “Parks & Recreation”

“The big moments are gonna come, you can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts.” – Buffy, in the show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

“It’s what you do right now that makes a difference.” – quote from Black Hawk Down

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda in Star Wars

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.” – Rocky Balboa in Rocky IV

“The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” – Princess Tiana in The Princess and the Frog

“What we do in life… echoes in eternity.” – Maximus in Gladiator

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf in Lord of the Rings

“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.” – T’Challa as played by Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

“You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” – lyrics from “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

“Get up, stand up! Don’t give up the fight!” – lyrics from “Get Up Stand Up” by Bob Marley

“I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe.” – lyrics from “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – excerpt from “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Employee Quotes About Resilience

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

“It’s no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – excerpt from “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its failure.” – Truman Capote

“Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing.” – Bill Murray

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.” – Johnny Cash

“I see you learning, but learning requires failure.” Darius, in the TV show “Atlanta”

“It’s that fear that’s the worst of it. That’s the real enemy. So, get up. Get out in the real world.” – Walter White, in the TV show “Breaking Bad”

“Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Alfred, Batman’s butler in Batman Begins

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” –quote from Peter Pan

“I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give you, I’m not gonna stop, I’m gonna work harder.” – lyrics in “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child

“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off, and try again.” – lyrics in “Try Again” by Aaliyah

“And I don’t really care if nobody else believes, ‘cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.” – lyrics in “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

“The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.” – excerpt from “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by Deborah Moggach

“In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a single defeat.” – excerpt from “Tender is the Night” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.” – excerpt from “Great Expectations” by Charles Dicken

Employee Appreciation Quotes

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” – excerpt from “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to use as well.” – Voltaire

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy

“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” – Vietnamese Proverb

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity; it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” – William Faulkner

“A company is only as good as the people it keeps.” – Mary Kay Ash

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” – Margaret Cousins

“If you believe in others and give them a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.” – John C. Maxwell

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” – Charles Schwab

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – quote from Winnie the Pooh

“Look for what is special about each individual, focus on that.” – quote from Anomalisa

“People will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business are about human connections. And computers are trying to murder you in a lake. And to me the choice is easy.” – Michael Scott, in the TV show “The Office”

“If grateful paid the bills, we’d all be Bill Gates.” – Black Cindy, in the TV show “Orange is the New Black”

“For everything you’ve done you know I’m bound, I’m bound to thank you for it.” – lyrics in “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant

“We’ve come a long, long way together. Through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you, praise you like I should.” – lyrics in “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim

Statistics About Employee Appreciation

It’s worth taking some time to share these quotes with your team. After all, the numbers speak volumes:

  • 98% of workers perform better when they’re feeling confident in themselves.
  • 30% of employees lack confidence to contribute to meetings.
  • 50% of employees would switch jobs for more recognition.
  • 69% of employees would work harder if they were better appreciated.
  • 90% of employees who received thanks or recognition from their boss reported feeling higher levels of trust.

Final Thoughts

If you need a little mood booster, you can’t go wrong with the motivational quotes featured above. You can share them with your team via email, or better yet, print one of them on employee appreciation gifts like t-shirts or coffee mugs.

There’s a lot of power in the right words!


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About the author

Michael Wenger

Michael Wenger is a born-and-bred salesman. He started Quality Logo Products with Bret Bonnet when they were both in college at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.