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The Best Words Deserve Repeating

Inspirational quotations can be very motivating in the workplace. Some staff members place positive statements near their computers or add them to their email messages. At my library branch, a staff member adds motivational quotations to our employee bulletin board. Placed predominately above our copier and fax machine, it’s an easy way for us to reflect and reinvigorate while we work. Children’s book authors definitely have their place on this display; our bulletin board currently features witty musings from Dr. Seuss. 

Quotations also served in a meaningful way at our branch meeting last month.  Staff members from all library departments reviewed quotations written on index cards during the meeting and chose a quotation that was most inspiring to them.  The quotations focused on teamwork, but each card was unique and allowed employees the opportunity to find a statement they personally appreciated. 

Staff members volunteered to read their quotation to the rest of the group and could reflect on how our work team currently exemplifies the featured statement. They could also suggest new ways we could identify with the quotation, whether it was through more collaboration on projects or strengthening existing partnerships.  What are some of the famous quotations we used to get the discussion going at our meeting? 

How do quotations inspire you at work?
How do quotations inspire you at work?

“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” — Babe Ruth

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” — Henry Ford

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team. I defer to it and sacrifice for it because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” — Mia Hamm

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

Are there any special quotations that inspire you while you work?  How do you use these statements to motivate you?  Please share in the comments below!


  1. Kate

    “If it’s predictable, it’s preventable” –Brian Crane; and “Don’t try to change people’s behavior; identify and design for it.” –Ann Marie Luthro. These help remind me to think ahead and redirect the trouble spots rather than scold after the fact.

  2. Sue Spence Daniel

    Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative!

  3. Kary Henry

    “Even if you’re on the right path, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
    “Nothing you are doing is wasted time.” Sue Bender
    “Fear less, hope more. Eat less, chew more. Whine less, breathe more. Talk less, say more. Love more, and all good things will be yours.” Swedish proverb

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