Words of Inspiration: Workplace

Phrases and sayings appropriate for a eulogy

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, hope, and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here is a select collection of quotes on death, dying, and grief appropriate for the loss of a colleague, boss or supervisor at the workplace, whether working or retired.

If you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration to write a eulogy or condolence letter, you might find these quotes helpful.

Words of Inspiration for the Workplace by Famous Americans

  • Pearl S. Buck, American author - The secret of joy in work is contained in one word -- excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
  • Joseph Campbell, American scholar, and author - If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss -- you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
  • Thomas A. Edison, American inventor - Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
  • Carlton Fisk, American baseball player - It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career.
  • Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur, and businessman - If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend, challenge the status quo as much.
  • Martin Luther King Jr., American Civil Rights activist, and pastor - If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.
  • Frances Lear, American writer, and magazine publisher - I believe the second half of one's life is meant to be better than the first half. The first half is finding out how you do it. The second half is enjoying it.
  • Mignon McLaughlin, American journalist - The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive -- perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
  • Margaret Lee Runbeck, American author - Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
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