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Work Life Balance Quotes to Keep You Grounded

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Work Life Balance Quotes to Keep You Grounded

Here are some work life balance quotes to put your life in perspective. We’ve talked about success quotes in the past, and these are similar. You’ll find these quotes come from both men and women, business leaders, politicians, religious leaders, philosophers, authors and others in varying fields.

Dolly Parton

Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.


It is better to rise from life as from a banquet – neither thirsty nor drunken.

Michelle Obama

Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves.

We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.

Art Garfunkel

I have the feeling that in a balanced life one should die penniless. The trick is dismantling.

Stephen R. Covey

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.

Mark Zuckerberg

I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn’t in our office or meeting with people or doing what you’d call real work. I take a lot of time just to read and think about things by myself.

Marc Benioff

I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It’s crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners. I also think that employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life.

That doesn’t mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies for whom they work. Why shouldn’t your workplace reflect your values? Why is ‘giving back’ not a part of our jobs? The answer for us is to integrate philanthropy with work.

Alexander Kjerulf

Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful.

Lily Tomlin

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.

Marissa Mayer

Burnout is about resentment. Preventing it is about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.

So find your rhythm, understand what makes you resentful, and protect it. You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. And thinking that way empowers you to work really hard for a really long period of time.

Bryan Dyson

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls — family, health, friends, and spirit — are made of glass.

If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

Barbara de Angelis

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.

Harriet Braiker

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A time for everything: A time to relax and a time to be busy, a time to frolic and a time to labor, a time to receive and a time to give, a time to begin and a time to finish.

Catherine Pulsifer

The Gift of Balance in Your Life – May you find the balance of life, time for work but also time for play. Too much of one thing ends up creating stress that no one needs in their life.


I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work.

Hillary Clinton

Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.

Henry Ward Beecher

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Find your balance and stand with it. Next find your song and sing it out. Then find your cadence and let it appear like a dance. Finally, find the questions that only you know how to ask and the answers that you are content to not know.

Mr. Miyagi

Better learn balance. Balance is key.

Charles Buxton

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.

Jonathan Anthony Burkett

I got that money on my mind but I ain’t blind. I see that if I want it, I have to grind.”

Eric Sinoway

Any decision can be easier if you think carefully about your goals; the dimensions of yourself that are most important to you; your needs and wants; the specific costs and benefits associated with your choices; the commensurability of those choices; and whether certain goals should be sequenced instead of pursued simultaneously to give you a better chance of success.

Instead of striving for work–life balance, or even worrying about juggling on the balance beam, use this framework to pursue your life’s work—holistically seeking both success and satisfaction.

Franco Bifo Berardi

Perhaps the answer is that it is necessary to slow down, finally giving up on economistic fanaticism and collectively rethink the true meaning of the word “wealth.” Wealth does not mean a person who owns a lot, but refers to someone who has enough time to enjoy what nature and human collaboration place within everyone’s reach.

If the great majority of people could understand this basic notion, if they could be liberated from the competitive illusion that is impoverishing everyone’s life, the very foundations of capitalism, would start to crumble.

Sheryl Sandberg

The most important career decision you’ll make is who your life partner is.

My coworkers should understand that I need to go to a party tonight–and this is just as legitimate as their kids’ soccer game–because going to a party is the only way I might actually meet someone and start a family so I can have a soccer game to go to one day!

Julia Hartz

I don’t think a lot of founders really want to hear this, but you set the tone from day one, so who you are is going to be reflected in the culture of the early team. So for us, that was a culture of being scrappy, but honest. Working hard, but also having that sense of balance and sort of respecting one’s life outside the office. Making it happen no matter what.


No matter how busy you are, or how busy you think you are, the work will always be there tomorrow, but your friends might not be.

Orison Swett Marden

Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It’s a paradox. How does one balance living in the now with preparing responsibly for the future? The key to this dilemma lies in the distinction between “worrying about the future” and “preparing for the future.” The two concepts are not at all the same.

Betsy Jacobson

Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.

Dr. Kathleen Hall

We have overstretched our personal boundaries and forgotten that true happiness comes from living an authentic life fueled with a sense of purpose and balance.

Oprah Winfrey

I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

Richard Matheson

Very well then! I’ll write, write write. He let the words soak into his mind and displace all else.

A man had a choice, after all. He devoted his life to his work or to his wife and children and home. It could not be combined; not in this day and age. In this insane world where God was second to income and goodness to wealth.

Larissa MacFarquhar

[Clayton] Christensen had seen dozens of companies falter by going for immediate payoffs rather than long-term growth, and he saw people do the same thing. In three hours at work, you could get something substantial accomplished, and if you failed to accomplish it you felt the pain right away. If you spent three hours at home with your family, it felt like you hadn’t done a thing, and if you skipped it nothing happened.

So you spent more and more time at the office, on high-margin, quick-yield tasks, and you even believed that you were staying away from home for the sake of your family. He had seen many people tell themselves that they could divide their lives into stages, spending the first part pushing forward their careers, and imagining that at some future point they would spend time with their families–only to find that by then their families were gone.

Michael Hyatt

Those who feel satisfied with their personal lives are more satisfied with their careers and perform better.

Mark W. Boyer

Sometimes we just have to suck it up and do what we have to do, until we are able to do what we want to do.

Viola Shipman

The Ice Cream Cone Charm: You Will Never Work A Day Once You Discover A Passion That Makes Your Life Rich & Sweet

Jana Kingsford

Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create

Sanhita Baruah

A world full of “certainties”

All the plans, all the vanities.

Where black covers the white

Suited in “confidence”- the constant fight.

A million roads I dream to take

One destination, knowing not I turn where.

A green veil covers for two years, some two decades.

But the “plan” awaits, new roads to make.

I pant, I struggle, I do my best

While they say,

“You are, dear, but so inadequate.

Annie Proulx

No, they didn’t have any money, the sea was dangerous and men were lost, but it was a satisfying life in a way people today do not understand. There was a joinery of lives all worked together, smooth in places, or lumpy, but joined. The work and the living you did was the same things, not separated out like today.

Moutasem Algharati

After staring at the poor in the eyes, my thoughts on how best to help people have dramatically changed.

Rasheed Ogunlaru

After staring at the poor in the eyes, my thoughts on how best to help people have dramatically changed.

Neale Donald Walsch

“…there is rapidly developing a soil shortage on your planet. That is, you are running out of good soil in which to grow your food. This is because soil needs time to reconstitute itself, and your corporate farmers have no time. They want land that is producing, producing, producing. So the age-old practice of alternating growing fields from season to season is being abandoned or shortened.

To make up for the loss of time, chemicals are being dumped into the land in order to render it fertile faster. Yet in this, as with all things, you cannot develop an artificial substitute for Mother Nature which comes even close to providing what She provides.

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg

Working smarter is learning to prioritize, plan, and focus our energies with meaningful intent.

The answer to finding better work/life balance is to find the right blend between all our life activities—regardless of where and when they occur.

By leading ourselves effectively, we can learn to lead others as a whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

Richie Norton

What is your motivation? When you drill down and ask, “What if there was zero ROI (of any form)?,” you’ll discover your highest and best use of time.

Work-Life Freedom > Work-Life Balance

If you live for money, no amount will ever satisfy you.

S.R. Crawford

You’re probably wondering what the heck I mean by “The Pillars of Your Life”, right? Well this is simple. It’s the things that make your life what it is. The things or people that make you, you. There’s work, family, your hobby, your art, and your traditions.

Except, some of us have wonky pillars. Some of us give one pillar too much to hold, and the others not enough. One’s too tall, whilst the others are too small. Therefore we become unstable, and sometimes, everything comes crashing down.

Katelyn Beaty

Christian culture has too often offered women a push toward contentment that can numb us to our own desires, without offering the tools to discern whether those desires could be good or Holy-Spirit-inspired.

Sanchita Pandey

Each petal in the universe whispers in our ears that an unknown power is at work. If we align ourselves with this divine energy, offer our work to Him and move on in life, we will never have any worries and anxieties in our life.

Colin Beavan

Do we work for and pay for all this convenience in order to live our lives, or do we live our lives in order to work for and pay for all this convenience?

Michael Hyatt

One’s personal life and work are inseparable.

Shareca Cole

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, they said. but, what if they are chewing mine off?

Simon Sinek

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress: Working hard for something we love is called passion

Heather Schuck

You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.

Andrew Wilkinson

You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.

Ev Williams

Take care of yourself: When you don’t sleep, eat crap, don’t exercise, and are living off adrenaline for too long, your performance suffers. Your decisions suffer. Your company suffers. Love those close to you: Failure of your company is not failure in life. Failure in your relationship is.

Betty Jacobson

Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.

Thomas Kinkade

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.

Steve Blank

When you’re gone would you rather have your gravestone say, ‘He never missed a meeting?” Or one that said, ‘He was a great father.’

Gary Keller

Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.

Andrew Wilkinson

You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. It’s natural to look back and mythologize the long nights and manic moments of genius, but success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.

Zig Ziglar

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reconsider your definitions. We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.

Marissa Mayer

Burnout is about resentment. [Preventing it is] about knowing yourself well enough to know what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.

Wayne Dyer

You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being… not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money… but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Balance activity with serenity, wealth and simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.

Alain de Botton

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for un-balances your life.

A ‘good job’ can be both practically attractive while still not good enough to devote your entire life to.

HG Wells

You cannot imagine the craving for rest that I feel—a hunger and thirst. For six long days, since my work was done, my mind has been a whirlpool, swift, unprogressive and incessant, a torrent of thoughts leading nowhere, spinning round swift and steady.


Work is just a part of our Life, not vice versa. So live life full time, work work, part time.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Do not worry about who get the credit or praise of the work done. Continue work to give your best. Your reward may come unexpected.

Work for what you want, the pursuit of life.

Wherever you are, you have to work for your living.

May you find new strength to accomplish your daily work.

Feel better, work better.

May God continue to grant you more grace for your work.

You can work to create a bright future.

Do all the works you can while you still have the strength to work.

Fennel Hudson

There comes a time when you just have to say, “No!” – to the requests and to the system.

Most of us, at some time or other, get sucked into the lifeless vacuum of work; the cogs of the corporate machine that we keep turning until one day, when we depart this Earth, we may earn the word ‘lubricant’ on our headstone.

I am not at work, or at the supermarket, or waiting for a bus (metaphorically or otherwise). I am free.

The ever-increasing weight of responsibilities that enmeshes our lives keeps us locked into the system. We become the pulse that keeps the beast alive, but the cost is our own lives. The natural world around us shrinks, crushed beneath the suffocating might of work.

Soon I will return to the office, to shuffle paper, delete emails and avoid the Typing Dead.

You can escape completely, seeking an alternative life, or you can play the game and go absent without leave. How you do it is up to you.

Win back two days of living? The sense of freedom is overwhelming! Switch off your mobile phone and consider your options.

The speed of modern life is an oppressive thing, and the corporate world is quick to punish those with an honest heart.

Sunday Adelaja

Everyone has to work where he is able to maximize what he has been given to the fullest.

Steve Himmer

How can you make sense of a place if it won’t hold still to be counted and even its colors aren’t fast? Their job was to imagine, never to know. The truth, as generations of directors had reminded their charges, would only get in the way.

Qiu Xiaolong

If you work hard enough at something, it begins to make itself part of you, even though you do not really like it and know that part isn’t real.

Ayn Rand

The only pride of her workday was not that it had been lived, but that it had been survived. It was wrong, she thought, it was viciously wrong that one should ever be forced to say that about any hour of one’s life.

Miya Tokumitsu

Maybe anyone can do what he or she loves, but only the wealthy can avoid going into debt to pay for it.

Do what you love allows us to valorize elite workers, those who choose to overwork, and ignore those who have to overwork.

Sivaprakash Sidhu

Don’t work for appraisal or appreciation, work for your personal growth.

Marion Zimmer Bradley

I could write pages and pages about the delights of being a full-time housewife and mother and trying to write and support a family with two babies—but I don’t use that kind of language in public.

Vinay Goyal

Work life balance is a real challenge; if you are dedicated to work, chances are you are not ‘Daddycated’ enough, and vice versa.

Work Life Balance Quotes Resources

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h/t: The Balance, Good Reads, The Huffington Post, Medium 

Author: James Beattie