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Top 52 Quotes for Better Work-life Balance (STABILITY)

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In this digital day and age, work-life balance is highly sought after by students and professionals alike.

The more we aim for success, the more out-of-balance we are.

Work-life balance is a concept that describes better time and energy management by dividing one’s attention between work and other seemingly more important tasks.

Life is not just about working hard, pay the bills, and neglecting everything along the way. (Read: Best Life Quotes to Encourage You)

If you are desperately seeking a work-life balance then these powerful, thought-provoking quotes can inspire you to take the necessary steps to balance out your life and help you consider what daily responsibility management means to you.

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37 Inspiring Quotes On Work-Life Balance

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

Carl Sandburg
I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time. - Oprah Winfrey
I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. – Oprah Winfrey
You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. - Heather Schuck
You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. – Heather Schuck
We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. - Arianna Huffington
We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. – Arianna Huffington
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. - Harriet Braiker
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. – Harriet Braiker
Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. - Hillary Clinton
Don’t confuse having a career with having a life. – Hillary Clinton
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. - Stephen R. Covey
The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. – Stephen R. Covey
Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. - Sheryl Sandberg
Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy. – Sheryl Sandberg
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list. - Michelle Obama
We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list. – Michelle Obama
You can't do a good job if your job is all you do. - Katie Thurmes
You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do. – Katie Thurmes
You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. - Zig Ziglar
You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. – Zig Ziglar
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. - 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. – Marissa Mayer
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. - Dolly Parton
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. – Dolly Parton
You can't have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. - Marissa Mayer
You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. – Marissa Mayer
You have to balance your passions, not your time. - Lisa Sugar
You have to balance your passions, not your time. – Lisa Sugar
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose. - Thomas Edison
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. – Thomas Edison

Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”

Shonda Rhimes
Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. - Betty Jacobson
Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. – Betty Jacobson
Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. - Barbara De Angelis
Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away. – Barbara De Angelis
It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. - Philip Green
It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. – Philip Green
Invest in your work life balance. Time with friends and family is as important as times at work. Getting that out of balance is a path toward unhappiness. - Stephen Gillett
Invest in your work-life balance. Time with friends and family is as important as times at work. Getting that out of balance is a path toward unhappiness. – Stephen Gillett
You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once. - Oprah Winfrey
You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once. – Oprah Winfrey

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

Gary Keller (The ONE Thing)
Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being. - Orison Swett Marden
Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being. – Orison Swett Marden
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. - 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. – Dr. Kathleen Hall
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. - Charles Buxton
You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it. – Charles Buxton
Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work. - Rasheed Ogunlaru
Always take some of the play, fun, freedom, and wonder of the weekend into your week and your work. – Rasheed Ogunlaru
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. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think taking vacations and turning off the phone and only doing emails or social media for a specific short amount of time helps with work/life balance. If I’m checking it all day I start to feel cuckoo-bird. So I just do it once or twice a day instead of a thousand. And then remembering that it doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter.”

Maria Bamford
Most people chase success at work, thinking that will make them happy. The truth is that happiness at work will make you successful. - 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. – Alexander Kjerulf
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.’ - 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.’ – Steve Blank, author of “The Startup Owner’s Manual”
I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work. - Beyonce
I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work. – Beyonce
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. - Sydney Harris
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. – Sydney Harris
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. - Catherine Pulsifer
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. – Catherine Pulsifer
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. - Thomas Merton
Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony. – Thomas Merton
Either you run the day, or the day runs you. - Jim Rohn
Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. - Albert Einstein
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. – Albert Einstein
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. - Michael Altshuler
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. – Michael Altshuler
The challenge of work life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man. - Stephen Covey
The challenge of work life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man. – Stephen Covey
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. - 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. – Thomas Kinkade

15 Quotes About Work-life Balance That Makes You Ponder & Think

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

Mary Anne Radmacher
There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. - Alain de Botton
There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. – Alain de Botton
Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; Working hard for something we love is called passion. - Simon Sinek
Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; Working hard for something we love is called passion. – Simon Sinek
Allow the goals that “speak to your heart” to guide you in your decisions. - Richie Norton
Allow the goals that “speak to your heart” to guide you in your decisions. – Richie Norton
Forget work-life balance...Do the thing you want and create systems to support that. Perfectly imbalanced in the direction you want to go is perfectly acceptable. - Richie Norton
Forget work-life balance…Do the thing you want and create systems to support that. Perfectly imbalanced in the direction you want to go is perfectly acceptable. – Richie Norton
Those who take initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility. - Harmon Okinyo
Those who take initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility. – Harmon Okinyo
Looking back over a life of hard work… my only regret is that I didn’t work even harder. - H. L. Mencken
Looking back over a life of hard work… my only regret is that I didn’t work even harder. – H. L. Mencken
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. - Stephen R. Covey
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. – Stephen R. Covey
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade. - Henry Ward Beecher
It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade. – Henry Ward Beecher
Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. - Gustave Flaubert
Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. – Gustave Flaubert
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. - Epicurus
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. – Epicurus
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. - Matthew Kelly
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Matthew Kelly
You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. - Andrew Wilkinson
You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful. – Andrew Wilkinson
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. - Mother Teresa
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa
I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less. - Anna Quindlen
I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less. – Anna Quindlen
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. - Martin Luther King Jr.
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. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Conclusion

On the surface, some of the quotes may seem to contradict one another but the truth is, they are not.

Life is complicated and subjective. You and I have different goals.

Some people prioritize family but their work is taking too much time therefore they seek to counterbalance. Others prioritize work because they believe that their work makes a difference to the world. That is why these quotes may seem contradictory.

It all boils down to what your priorities are.

If you have no priorities then you do not need a seek work-life balance, hence it renders this post entirely pointless.

However, if you know your priorities the quotes herein can be extremely thought-provoking and life-changing if you use them correctly.

Let your friends know your priority by sharing your favorite image quote on this page on your social media profile.

Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,
Jeremiah Say

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