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40 Best Too Much Work Quotes To Cope Stress and Burnout

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Last Updated on 23 April, 2024

There is a saying “a solid day’s work is a noble act.” Work is great. But nobody likes to work too much. It is no fun when you have work piled up which triggers stress. Every year, overwork and burnout cost billions of dollars to the organizations.

Employees feel overwhelmed by the work pressure and it impacts their physical as well as spiritual wellbeing. The solution lies in a multi-faceted approach. Self-care and discipline should lie at its soul.


According to Atlassian, most productive employees work around 38 hours per week. When this figure drags around the 50 mark, there is a sharp decline in the efficiency of the employees and they experience burnout and health issues.


The most common effects of Overwork are-

  • Stalling Productivity
  • Developing Smoking Habits
  • Trouble having sleep
  • Impacts the Mental Health
  • Negatively affects personal life and relationships
  • Physical strain and muscular pain
  • Less job satisfaction

It is important that employers understand the seriousness of the issue and constantly strive to adapt their work environment and work culture. It will ensure that employees are fresh and motivated to perform to the best of their abilities.

I have tried to sum up some of the best quotes highlighting the concerns around overwork and draw the attention of employers regarding the subject. Have a good read!



You need to remember to give yourself enough slack to work with, but too much and you'll soon find yourself entangled and bleeding. - Andrew Ervin


Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much-assorted vice or too much drink - Rudyard Kipling


Too much work will create too much motivation for the strong, and a big collapse for the weak! Strength gets great strength from the challenges! - Mehmet Murat Ildan


Stress is the trash of modern life. We all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. — Danzae Pace


Burnout is nature’s way of telling you you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed. — Sam Keen


Balance in work is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. — Betsy Jacobson


Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear. — Steve Maraboli


A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. — Lysa Terkeurst


If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit. — Banksy


I actually think burnout is the wrong description of it. I think it’s burning up. Physiologically, that is what you are doing because of the chronic stress being placed on your body. — Richard Boyatzis


Your energy is currency. Spend it well. — Adrienne Bosh


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


Being overwhelmed means that your life or work is overpowering you. Regain control by clarifying your intentions, setting realistic expectations, and focusing on your next step. — Daphne Michaels

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Live a good life. More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.― Roy Bennett


Burnout is the result of too much energy output and not enough energy self-invested. In other words, it's burning too much fuel than you’ve put in your tank. ― Melissa Steginus


The more stress you accumulate, the heavier it becomes. If you accumulate too much, the weight of carrying it can break you.― Oscar Auliq-Ice


Take a break from the stresses of life and use that time to rediscover the important things that matter to you most. We all deserve an anti-stress day to recharge our batteries.― Dee Waldeck


Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.― Steve Maraboli


When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for. When you have an attitude of gratitude, frustrating troubles will fall by the wayside.― Dana Arcuri


One who possesses, stresses, and obsesses; and never progresses. One who surrenders, wonders and ventures; and never falters.― L.A. Golding


Another technique I use when my job seems overwhelming is to keep it all in perspective by saying to myself: 'My job is important but it only forms part of my life - it is not my entire life. ― Catherine Pulsife


Don't overwork your squad. If you're going to make a mistake, underwork them. - Bear Bryant


Do each day all that can be done that day. You don't need to overwork or rush blindly into your work trying to do the greatest possible number of things in the shortest possible time. - Earl Nightingale


If each day is a gift, I’d like to know where I can return Mondays — John Wagner


By working faithfully 8 hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work 12 hours a day.— Robert Frost


There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full. — Henry Kissinger


In too deep to see the diamond, down too dark to see the gold. Now he won't let go of the shovel, and he cannot dig out of the hole. — Randy Travis


Overwork has long been cast as a choice, and a positive one borne out of love at that. But the truth is that for so many, there is no choice. — Miya Tokumitsu


The bane of Americans is overwork-and the ruin of any work is a divided interest. Concentrate-concentrate. One thing at a time. — Mark Twain


More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies. — Rudyard Kipling



It's also our collective delusion that overwork and burnout are the prices we must pay in order to succeed. — Arianna Huffington


Work while you can. But avoid overwork; depletion of energy. — Lailah Gifty Akita


No work is worse than overwork; the mind preys on itself, the most unwholesome of food. — Charles Lamb


The working classes may be injuriously degraded and oppressed in three ways: 1st - When they are neglected in infancy 2nd - When they are overworked by their employer and are thus rendered incompetent from ignorance to make good use of high wages when they can procure them. 3rd - When they are paid low wages for their labor.— Robert Owen


Around me I saw women overworked and underpaid, doing men's work at half men's wages, not because their work was inferior, but because they were women.— Anna Howard Shaw


A thoroughly good relationship with ourselves results in being still, which doesn't mean we don't run and jump and dance about. It means there's no compulsiveness. We don't overwork, overeat, over smoke, over seduce. In short, we begin to stop causing harm.— Pema Chodron


We know that our bodies suffer from overwork and lack of leisure: anxiety, mental-health issues - we're not designed to work more than about 40 hours a week. Our systems wear out and the quality of the work suffers. After 50 hours, it crashes and burns.— Katrina Onstad


I'm far from perfect. I'm still learning. I overworked myself, and I paid the price. I consider the breakdown a breakthrough. I needed to hit rock bottom. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard; fighting so hard against the system.— Mariah Carey


Nervous exhaustion from mental overwork is most often due to neglect of this rule and the brain worker should limit his regular day's work to a reasonable number of hours per day and those when the brain is at its best.— Maurice Bigelow


No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office. —Harold Kushner

Let us know in the comments if the above quotes have helped to change some perspectives in your workplace.

This article is written by Nizamul Bhuyan, a Content Marketer at Vantage Circle. With a professional exprience of writing on various subject domains like Corporate Wellness and Sports, he prefers to watch football and explore new places to unwind. To get in touch, reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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