Funny Work Quotes Bring Out the Ha-Has

Make Your Office a Happy Place

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Life at the workplace can be dreary without humor, which can serve to relieve tension and create camaraderie among team members. Teamwork improves productivity and work performance, and when people are enthusiastic, the workplace ambiance becomes fun. You look forward to working with people you enjoy and have a rapport with. This all is part of a vibrant workplace atmosphere.

In this collection of funny work quotes, glimpse the lighter side of work life. Share these with your colleagues to create an upbeat environment in your workplace.

Scott Adams, "The Dilbert Principle"

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

William Castle

"An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault."

"What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day."

Carl Zwanzig

"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together."

Scott Adams

"Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you're a consultant."

Tori Filler

"Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want."

Phil Pastoret

"Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil—and you’ll never get a job working for a tabloid."

"The easiest job in the world has to be coroner. Surgery on dead people. What’s the worst thing that could happen? If everything went wrong, maybe you’d get a pulse."

Niels Bohr

"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field."

Leo Durocher

"I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?"

Jerome K. Jerome

"I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours."

Woody Allen

"I'm short enough and ugly enough to succeed on my own."

"If a man smiles all the time, he’s probably selling something that doesn’t work."

Dave Barry

"If you had to identify in one word the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'"

"Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so are the lazy to their employers."

Sam Ewing

"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn’t be done."

Lily Tomlin

“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”

Oscar Wilde

"The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one."

Betty Reese

"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”

Ted Turner

"My son is now an "entrepreneur." That's what you're called when you don't have a job."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It takes less time to do things right than to explain why you did it wrong.”

Henry Kissinger

"A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure."