Words Appropriate for a Eulogy at the Workplace

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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 collection of quotes on death, dying, and grief appropriate for the loss of a colleague, boss or supervisor at the workplace, whether that person was working or retired.

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

Words of Inspiration for the Workplace by Famous Americans

  • "The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it." ~Pearl S. Buck, American 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." ~Joseph Campbell, American scholar, and author.
  • "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." ~Thomas A. Edison, American inventor.
  • "It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." ~Carlton Fisk, American baseball player.
  • "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." ~Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur, and businessman.
  • "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." ~Martin Luther King Jr., American Civil Rights activist, and pastor.
  • "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." ~Frances Lear, American writer, and magazine publisher.
  • "The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive— perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine." ~Mignon McLaughlin, American journalist.
  • "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." ~Margaret Lee Runbeck, American author.
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