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Monday Quotes: 120 Sayings + 4 Tips for More Motivation

Hardly anyone likes Mondays. You are in a bad mood, unmotivated, and tired. Quotes about the start of the week and Monday can stave off the Monday blues. With some of our quotes and poems, you can start the week with a smile and make others laugh too.

Most people really don’t like Mondays. If possible, you’d skip the weekday and stay in bed. Unfortunately, you have the work you left behind on Friday waiting for you. It’s a given that you’ll experience some stress and a lack of energy at the start of the week, especially if you had a busy weekend.

Funny sayings about Mondays can help you start the week on the right foot. With a smile on your face, you automatically get through the day in a better mood.

Positive Monday Quotes to Start off the Week

Monday quotes to start the week

Laughter and good humor help everyone get through the start of the week. Some motivation and fun are the best antidotes to a Monday morning.

It’s common knowledge that Mondays are not the most pleasant days of the week. A few sayings and quotes about Monday can help set the mood and brighten things up.

All unattributed sayings are from unknown authors.

Monday Motivation Quotes for Work

Monday Motivation Quotes for Work

Waking up for work on a Monday can be a nightmare, especially if you don’t feel particularly motivated for the week ahead.

Returning to work after a weekend of freedom may be tough, but changing your mindset can help you see the opportunities Mondays offer, and maybe even enjoy them.

Below you will find quotes that offer you motivation for returning to work on a Monday morning so you can present your best self and make the most of it.

  1. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
    (Aristotle, Greek philosopher, 384–322 BC)
  2. Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end, you are sure to succeed.
    (Abraham Lincoln, former US President, 1809–1865)
  3. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.
    (Florence Nightingale, English statistician, 1820–1910)
  4. If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.
    (Abraham Lincoln, former US President, 1809–1865)
  5. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
    (Abraham Lincoln, former US President, 1809–1865)
  6. It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
    (Confucius, Chinese philosopher, 551–479 BC)
  7. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
    (Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist, 1817–1862)
  8. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
    (Thomas Jefferson, former US President, 1743–1826)
  9. Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.
    (Elbert Hubbard, American writer, 1856–1915)
  10. Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
    (Orison Swett Marden, American writer, 1848–1924)

Are you looking for more motivational quotes? Here you’ll find them.

Motivational Quotes for Monday Mornings

Motivational Quotes for Monday Mornings

Waking up on a Monday morning can be tough, especially if your weekend wasn’t a relaxing one. If you wake up feeling exhausted on a Monday morning, it can be hard to muster up the motivation for the day ahead, let alone the whole week.

The quotes below will help to put you in a positive mindset on a Monday morning so you can tackle whatever comes your way with determination and resilience.

  1. The sun himself is weak when he first rises; and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
    (Charles Dickens, English writer, 1812–1870)
  2. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.
    (George Horace Lorimer, American journalist, 1867–1937)
  3. Mondays are tough only for those people who don’t know how to spend them cheerfully. Get up and have fun today!
  4. There is more to life than increasing its speed. (Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, 1869–1948)
  5. When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…
    (Marcus Aurelius, former Roman emperor, 121–180 AD)
  6. Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.
    (Calvin Coolidge, former US President, 1872–1933)
  7. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.
    (Jules Renard, French writer, 1864–1910)
  8. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
    (Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor, 1847–1922)
  9. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
    (Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1847–1931)
  10. It’s Monday. Get a new perspective. Whatever obstacle you’re facing — it’s not permanent.

Monday Motivation Quotes for Fitness and Workouts

Monday Motivation Quotes for Fitness and Workouts

Maintaining a consistent exercise routine can be a challenge for many, especially if you went off track during the weekend. However, it is never too late to get back on track, and the quotes below will give you the motivation you need to return to your fitness regime on a Monday.

  1. What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, 1803–1882)
  2. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
    (Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist, 1817–1862)
  3. Exercise is labor without weariness.
    (Samuel Johnson, English writer, 1709–1784)
  4. A feeble body weakens the mind.
    (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher, 1712–1778)
  5. If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
    (Hippocrates, Greek physician, 460–370 BC)
  6. The groundwork for all happiness is good health.
    (Leigh Hunt, English critic, 1784–1859)
  7. The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
    (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian philosopher, 1889–1951)
  8. Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
    (Marquis de Sade, French philosopher, 1714–1840)
  9. The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
    (William Temple, English priest, 1881–1944)
  10. Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
    (Samuel Johnson, English writer, 1709–1784)

Short Monday Motivation Quotes and Messages

Short Monday Motivation Quotes and Messages

The quotes below offer the same motivational impact as many of the quotes above, but are shorter in nature.

This makes them perfect for using as captions on social media networks like Instagram or Facebook, posting them on Twitter or even as a caption on WhatsApp to brighten up your Monday morning.

  1. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
    (Mark Twain, American writer, 1835–1910)
  2. The most effective way to do is to do it.
    (Amelia Earhart, American aviator, 1897–1937)
  3. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
    (Theodore Roosevelt, former US President, 1858–1919)
  4. The future depends on what you do today.
    (Mahatma Gandhi, Indian lawyer, 1869–1948)
  5. Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
    (Will Rogers, American performer, 1879–1935)
  6. The beginning is always today.
    (Mary Shelley, English novelist, 1797–1851)
  7. Out of difficulties grow miracles.
    (Jean de La Bruyère, French philosopher, 1645–1696)
  8. Let each man exercise the art he knows.
    (Aristophanes, Greek playwright, 446–386 BC)
  9. Think of many things; do one.
    (Portuguese Proverb)
  10. If you think you can do it, you can.
    (John Burroughs, American naturalist, 1837–1921)

Here you’ll find more short quotes.

Beautiful and Motivational Monday Evening Quotes

Beautiful and Motivational Monday Evening Quotes

Many talented writers, philosophers and poets over the years have coined some beautiful sayings and quotes that offer inspiration and motivation, perfect for a Monday evening.

The quotes below will maintain your motivation for the coming week and keep you on track for spending days full of productivity and drive.

  1. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
    (Anne Frank, German diarist, 1929–1945)
  2. Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
    (Mark Twain, American writer, 1835–1910)
  3. We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.
    (John Newton, English cleric, 1725–1807)
  4. New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
    (Laozi, Chinese philosopher, 571–531 BC)
  5. The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
    (Marcus Aurelius, former Roman emperor, 121–180 AD)
  6. When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, 1803–1882)
  7. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
    (Mark Twain, American writer, 1835–1910)
  8. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, 1803–1882)
  9. You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
    (Henry Ford, American industrialist, 1863–1947)
  10. I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.

Affirmations for More Monday Motivation

Affirmations for More Monday Motivation

If you are invested in spirituality and mindfulness, you will be well aware of the benefits it can bring to your mindset and mental health. Words of affirmation are also a part of this and can help you to achieve a more positive attitude in many parts of your life.

The affirmations below are intended to be used to increase your Monday motivation and set yourself on the right path for a positive, successful week.

Write them on sticky notes and place them in areas of your home with high visibility, such as your mirror, so you can repeat them to yourself on Mondays and set yourself up for a beautiful week.

  1. I am grateful for a fresh start and a new week.
  2. I choose to make Monday a day I feel good in.
  3. This week, I pledge to live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.
  4. I am ready to accomplish all my weekly goals.
  5. As the sun rises, so does my energy.
  6. A new week is a beautiful time for growth.
  7. No matter what happens, I will offer my best self today.
  8. I will start this Monday with positive energy.
  9. I can achieve everything I dream of and more.
  10. Good things are happening all around me.
  11. I accept new opportunities in my life this week.
  12. Today might not be perfect, but it will be beautiful.
  13. I embrace the fresh starts and new beginnings that Monday offers.
  14. This week has endless potential.
  15. I am inspired, driven, passionate and motivated.

Funny Quotes to Start the Week

Funny Quotes to Start the Week

It’s hard to get motivated for work, school or college on Monday. But why take the first day of the week so seriously?

With a little fun and sarcasm, you’ll be off to the right start. The right sayings can help you get through the first day of the week. We’ve put together some funny sayings to start the week off for you.

  1. Monday morning: coffee, coffee and bad mood.
  2. Crap! I slept through Monday.
  3. My take on Monday: new week, new losers.
  4. One minute on earth feels like 20 minutes on Monday.
  5. What do you call a person who is happy on Mondays? – Unemployed.
  6. Snooze, snooze, shower, cry, get dressed, go out and keep crying – My morning routine on Monday.
  7. It’s all fun and games until Monday rolls around and you have to put your bra back on.
  8. Dark Monday, Bright Week.
  9. One day on Venus lasts 5,832 hours. The same as one Monday on Earth.
  10. Monday is like a math problem. Add the irritation, subtract the sleep, multiply the problems, divide the happiness.
  11. Do you know the feeling of getting out of bed on Mondays with energy and in good mood?
    No? Me neither!
  12. If you ever see me smiling on a Monday, know that an alien has killed me and is wearing my skin as a disguise.

Inspirational Quotes for Monday Morning

Monday motivation: positive quotes for the start of the week

Everyone knows what it feels like to get up early again after the weekend. You need energy and are trying to wake up. Maybe Monday morning is also a real torture for you.

Besides coffee and some morning exercise, a smile on your face can brighten up your morning. So that you don’t take Monday morning too seriously, we collected some positive and motivational quotes for you.

  1. In case no one has told you yet today: Good morning and glad you exist!
  2. Good morning! Trust me, you can do it.
  3. "The future depends on what you do today."
    (Mahatma Gandhi)
  4. A wonderful good morning to you. Have a stress-free day and enjoy the week! 
  5. "The sun himself is weak when he first rises; and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on."
    (Charles Dickens)
  6. Good morning, dear Monday. A new day, with much to experience.
  7. "You don’t need a New Year to make a change. All you need is a Monday."
  8. "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."
    (Lao Tzu)
  9. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
    (Abraham Lincoln)
  10. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
    (Theodore Roosevelt)

Here are more good morning quotes for you.



If it’s Sunday, then that means it’s already the beginning of the week tomorrow. If the anticipation is too much, Sunday can feel just as bad as Monday for many. It shouldn’t be like that.

With TomorrowisMondayquotes we help you to forget the start of the week. Instead, you should enjoy Sunday, instead of occupying yourself with the worries of work and the responsibilities of tomorrow. 

  1. "The most motivating aspect of Monday is that Tuesday is just a day away."
  2. "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
    (Abraham Lincoln)
  3. "When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love…"
    (Marcus Aurelius)
  4. "Sunday is the perfect day to refuel your soul and to be grateful for each and every one of your blessings."
  5. Tomorrow is Monday. But the last one of the week!
  6. As a student, I do not know Monday. For me, tomorrow is Sunday.
  7. "Why is today Sunday?" is the new "Why is tomorrow Monday?"
  8. Sunday is your best day. You know you had an amazing week. Time to recover and think how you’re going to kill the next one.
  9. Let this Sunday be a rainbow for the entire upcoming week.
  10. Enjoy the last breaths of your relaxing Sunday, because Monday is already waiting for you with the stresses of tomorrow.

Motivational Quotes for Monday

If you need a little extra motivation to start the week, the following quotes can help.

  1. "The future depends on what you do today."
    (Mahatma Gandhi)
  2. "The sun himself is weak when he first rises; and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on."
    (Charles Dickens)
  3. "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings."
    (Lao Tzu)
  4. "You don’t need a New Year to make a change. All you need is a Monday."
  5. "The worst Monday is the one that gets wasted for nothing."
  6. "The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one."
    (Oscar Wilde)
  7. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there."
    (Theodore Roosevelt)
  8. "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  9. "The most motivating aspect of Monday is that Tuesday is just a day away."
  10. "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

Happy Monday Quotes

Happy Monday Quotes

You can send the following quotes to family and friends to wish them a good start to the day.

  1. Good morning! It’s Monday! Be positive, stay safe and have a wonderful week!
  2. May your Monday and week be filled with love and laughter!
  3. Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. Happy Monday!
  4. Happy Monday! Have a great week.
  5. When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all week!
  6. Welcome the new week with a smile. Happy Monday!
  7. Every Monday is a chance to start a new fabulous week! Happy Monday!
  8. Happy Monday! Wishing you a week full of joyful moments.
  9. Rainy days and Mondays never get me down. Happy Monday!
  10. It’s Monday … It’s raining … It’s still a perfect day to have a perfect day. Happy Monday!

Poems, Blessings, and Messages about Monday

Poems and lyrics about Mondays

Centuries ago, poets and thinkers dealt with Monday in their lyrical texts. Today, this day of the week has a relatively negative image, which is probably related to the fact that Monday has been the first day of work since 1976.

But even before that, Monday had a negative connotation in poems. The following lyrical examples deal with Monday between the 18th and 20th centuries.

In their lyrics, the poets complain about misfortunes, such as hunger, war, or destruction. In all cases, Monday is associated with the problems described.

I Shall Be Married On Monday Morning

As I was walking one morning in spring,
I heard a fair maiden most charmingly sing,
All under her cow, as she sat a-milking,
Saying, I shall be married, next Monday morning.

You fairest of all creatures, my eyes e’er beheld,
Oh! Where do you live love, or where do you dwell,
I dwell at the top of yon bonny brown hill,
I shall be fifteen years old next Monday morning.

Fifteen years old love, is too young to marry,
The other five years love, I’d have you to tarry,
And perhaps in the meantime love you might be sorry,
So put back your wedding, next Monday morning.

You talk like a man without reason or skill,
Five years I’ve been waiting against my will,
Now, I am resolved my mind to fulfill,
I wish that tomorrow was Monday morning.

On Saturday night it is all my care,
To powder my locks and curl my hair,
And my two pretty maidens to wait on me there,
To dance at my wedding next Monday morning.

My husband will buy me a guinea gold ring,
And at night he’ll give me a far better thing,
With two precious jewels he’ll be me adorning,
When I am his bride, on Monday morning.


Monday Go Away

I wake up at seven and what do I see?
The calendar clearly says Monday.
I’m rubbing my eyes and think to myself
I really thought it was Sunday.

I get up for work, what should I wear?
I look outside to the sky.
The sky is dark, the sun is not there.
This Monday is making me cry.

(Frauke Geuking)

What Is This Life

What is our life? A play of passion;
Our mirth the music of division;
Our mothers’ wombs the tiring-houses be,
Where we are dressed for this short comedy.
Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,
That sits and marks still who doth act amiss;
Our graves that hide us from the searching sun
Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.
Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,
Only we die in earnest – that’s no jest.

(Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552/54-1618)

Monday: An Unpopular Day of the Week

The moon is the namesake for Monday

Monday is the most unpopular day of the week. Many employees worldwide say they are in a worse mood at the start of the week. This condition is called the Monday blues.

The term Monday is derived from the Germanic moon god Mani. For the ancient Germanic people, the moon was considered the brother of the sun, hence Monday followed Sunday.

According to the International Organization for Standardization and the ISO 8601 version, Monday is the beginning of the week. In the past, this was not the case. Until 1976, lots of work started on Sunday.

We have this negative image of Monday in our heads. Among other things, this is due to certain linguistic concepts which reinforce that an image. For example people say that someone has the case of the Mondays when they are in a bad mood to start off the week. Phrases like that reinforce the idea that Monday is something negative. 

At the same time, Monday also has its advantages: many holidays always fall on this day of the week, for example Easter Monday.

Tips for a Nice Monday

Tips for a nice Monday

You probably also suffer from the Monday blues – the depression on Monday morning. You feel bad, tired and totally unmotivated. Many experience this feeling even on Sunday.

Scientists of the University of Gothenburg have even found out that people’s moods on Sunday is even worse than that of Monday. So you could also speak of the Sunday blues .

To get through the beginning of the week, you should start the day with motivation. In addition to coffee and other wake-up drinks, we have four tips to help you look forward to the start of the week.

Start the Day Relaxed

Stress is the worst thing that can happen to you on Monday. You should try to get as much sleep as possible, especially before Mondays. But make sure not to disrupt your circadian rhythm by sleeping too much.

Try to avoid stress in your morning routine, so that you show up to work in a good mood. This will help you have a positive start to your week.

Refrain from hitting your snooze button. If you get up immediately, you won’t have to rush before heading out to work and will be less stressed. Aside from that, you’ll confuse your brain by using the snooze button.

By snoozing, your brain doesn’t know if it’s awake or asleep. Many are therefore still tired hours after the alarm and have a kind of jet lag.

When you get enough sleep and wake up early, you’ll arrive at work awake and ready to tackle the day’s tasks. Of course, you can also use the spare time you have to read through our sayings and quotes. Maybe this will help you smile and make you happy. The main thing is that you don’t take Monday too seriously.

Try to Laugh More Often

Start the week funny: try to laugh more often

When you laugh, you’re lively and happy. Especially on a Monday, you should try to do that. You automatically feel happier as soon as you activate your face muscles.

That’s because your mouth and your brain influence each other. If you smile, your brain thinks you are happy.

Even if smiling is especially difficult on Mondays, consciously force yourself to do it. You feel better immediately and your start of the week will also seem more positive. If you are happy you will be more likely to enjoy work. 

Funny sayings, quotes and texts also conjure up a smile on your face – maybe even a saying about Monday? Use every opportunity to make yourself smile. You’ll be more motivated and have positive energy to start the week.

Relax on Sunday

Relax on Sunday

It’s true that you should use your weekend wisely and plan activities with friends and family.

However, try to keep Sunday as free as possible and focus on relaxing. That way, you’ll be well rested for Monday.

If you’re already stressed on Sunday, you’ll have even less energy the next day. Sunday is your day off, so relax. Try to refill your energy on the last day of the weekend. That way, you’ll go into the week with new strength.

It doesn’t make sense stress about Monday on Sunday. This will put a strain on your psyche and stress you out even more. In addition, you lose your motivation for the upcoming week. Instead of spoiling Sunday, try to have positive thoughts during the weekend.

Go Through the Day with Optimism

Go through the day optimistically

Do you wake up on Monday thinking about all the work you didn’t finish on Friday? Or of the colleague who went on vacation and whose tasks you need to take over?

Such thoughts don’t motivate you and won’t help your desire to get through the new week. Instead, you should try to focus on the positive things.

Maybe you’ll meet up with old friends on holiday? Or you can look forward to a good lunch with colleagues?

No matter what. Just the thought of being able to relax after hours can help motivate you. Focus on the positives of Monday and you’ll feel more optimistic right away.

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