The Great Resignation Quotes

What is the ‘Great Resignation’?

The ‘great resignation’ is the term that has been given to the rise in resignations that is being noticed in many counties around the world, all since the pandemic.

In the U.S in 2021, almost 48 million people quit their jobs – an annual record.

However, the now popular term of ‘great resignation’ incorrectly implies that people are quitting en masse to leave the workforce altogether. But all these people aren’t just sitting around twiddling their thumbs.

The term ‘great reshuffle’ may be a better description.

Perhaps it’s the pandemic, the reminder that life is short, the taste of ‘working from home’, career burnout, political uneasiness, general disillusionment, or the rising cost of living.

Who know, but sometimes leaving a job is the only way to get better wages and conditions, a better work/life balance, seek better opportunities or to have more time to work on those side hustles.

It’s certainly an interesting shift we are seeing play out. 


The Great Resignation Quotes

The following quotes are about resigning, but they are also about revaluating life, time freedom, opportunities, and potential. We hope they inspire you:



“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” Vince Lombardi


“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” Henry David Thoreau


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou


“To some, the pandemic exposed how much work had become like adult day-care. Everyone is expected to be in at a certain time. They’re expected to stay till a certain time. And it’s best to look busy in between.” Russ Hill


“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte


“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Nelson Mandela


“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” Charles R. Swindoll


“May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Peter Marshall


“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein


“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” Socrates


“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” Aung San Suu Kyi


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you’ll make one.” Elbert Hubbard


“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl


“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” Napoleon Hill


“Freedom lies in being bold.” Robert Frost


“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” Winston Churchill


“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” Wernher von Braun


“I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” Thomas Carlyle


“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey


“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F. Kennedy


“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller


“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” Jack Kerouac


“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein


“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Voltaire


“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.” Washington Irving


“Don’t be afraid to give up the good for the great.” Kenny Rogers


“You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.” Henry Rollins


“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions.” Marcus Aurelius


“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill


“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.” Fyodor Dostoevsky


“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” Seneca


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert Kennedy


“Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” Florence Scovel Shinn


“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.” Joe Paterno


“The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.” Thomas S. Monson


“A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” Walter Bagehot


Funny Quotes About the Great Resignation


“Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” Groucho Marx


“Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.” Golda Meir


“I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.” W. Somerset Maugham


“Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished.” Leslie Nielsen


“If you think your boss is stupid, remember you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.” John Gotti


“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?” Edgar Bergen


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