50 Burnout Quotes To Spark Your Motivation

Are you feeling tired and worn out from all the things you have to do? You’re not alone. Many people experience burnout, a feeling of being exhausted physically and mentally. Here are some burnout quotes that might give you a boost or some encouragement when you need it most.

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Burnout happens when you feel very tired and not interested in doing things anymore. It can make you feel low and not want to do your work or enjoy your hobbies. But there are ways to get through it and feel motivated again. First, try to take breaks and rest when you feel tired. It’s important to give yourself time to relax and recharge.

Setting small, achievable goals can also help you feel like you’re making progress, which can boost your motivation. Remember to take care of yourself by eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. They can give you support and guidance to overcome burnout.

Top 10 Burnout Quotes

  1. “Burnout: the price of relentless hustle.” — Trisha. J   

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    burnout quotes
  2. “Self-care is essential to combating burnout.” — Asa Don Brown   

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    quotes about burnout
  3. “Burnout is a war that must be won on two fronts.” — Jeanine Joy     

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    quotes burnout
  4. “Burnout is a byproduct of a dysfunctional work environment.” — Joy Energy Time   

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    work burnout quotes
  5. “Burnout is a bone-tired, soul-tired, heart-tired kind of exhaustion.” — J. Pennebaker     

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    quotes about burning out
  6. “Burnout is not the price we have to pay for success.” — Arianna Huffington       

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  7. “Burnout exists because we’ve made rest a reward rather than a right.” — Juliet C Obodo     

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    quotes on burnout
  8. “In other words, it’s burning too much fuel than you’ve put in your tank.” — Melissa Steginus      

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    inspirational quotes for burnout
  9. “Don’t burn out. Take care of yourself by getting eight hours of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise.” — Jared Kim
  10. “Burnout occurs when your body and mind can no longer keep up with the tasks you demand of them.” — Del Suggs
  11. “Feeling chronically exhausted and totally over it? It’s important to know the signs of burnout.” — Carley Schweet
  12. “Burnout is the result of too much energy output and not enough energy self-invested.” — Melissa Steginus

Best Quotes About Burning Out

  1. “The land of burnout is not a place I ever want to go back to.” — Arianna Huffington
  2. “Burnout can be prevented with proper self-care and a supportive environment.” — Asa Don Brown
  3. “You will burn, and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
  4. “It’s often the mothers who care the most who are the most prone to burnout.” — Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Ph.D.
  5. “Burnout is nature’s way of telling you you’ve been going through the motions your soul has departed.” — Sam Keen
  6. “Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.” — Gloria Steinem
  7. “The No. 1 cause of burnout is doing the same thing over and over again and not seeing results.” — Steve Kaczmarski
  8. “That’s why the burnout condition is more than just addiction to work. It’s an alienation from the self, and from desire.” — Anne Helen Petersen
  9. “I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful.” — Marissa Mayer
  10. “Burnout occurs when an individual has experienced prolonged demands, chronic stress, fatigue, a lack of support, and a decreased satisfaction in what they are doing.” — Asa Don Brown

Inspirational Burnout Quotes To Keep Going

  1. “Burnout often has as much boredom in it as exhaustion.” — Ingrid Fetell Lee, Joyful
  2. “Gratitude for everything you still have, and every step of your recovery, is such an important part of healing from burnout.” — Emma Matthews
  3. “Burnout in ministry can lead to deep emotional wounds that traumatize and leave us vulnerable and afraid.” — Anthony J. Headley, Reframing Ministry
  4. “One of the deepest contributors to burnout, I believe, is the deep disappointment of not living up to your true calling, which is to help.” — Jenn Bruer, Helping Effortlessly
  5. “By refreshing our sense of belonging in the world, we widen the web of relationships that nourishes us and protects us from burnout.” — Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone
  6. “While burnout obviously has something to do with stress, overdoing things, not being centered, and not listening to yourself or your body.” — Jenn Bruer, Helping Effortlessly
  7. “Burnout is so hard to get out of because when you’re in it, you ask yourself, ‘What can I do to bring me relief from all this pressure and stress of all this work I need to do?’” — Jonny Sun
  8. “Burnout can be defined as a loss of enthusiasm, energy, idealism, perspective, and purpose; it has been described as trying to run a marathon at full speed.” — Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Ph.D.
  9. “In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” — Dalai Lama
  10. “A meta-analysis of almost two hundred studies conducted in more than fifteen countries found that women are more physically and emotionally exhausted than men, accounting for their higher rates of burnout in many sectors, such as media.” — Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her.

Motivational Quotes For Burnout

  1. “Burnout: a reminder to refuel your soul.” — Trisha. J
  2. “You cannot burn out until you catch on fire.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “When the candle burns low, it’s time to reignite your inner flame.” — Trisha. J
  4. Exhaustion is not a sign of weakness; it’s a call for self-compassion.” — Trisha. J
  5. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz
  6. “Just because you take breaks doesn’t mean you’re broken.” — Curtis Tyrone Jones
  7. “Give up the delusion that burnout is the inevitable cost of success.” — Arianna Huffington
  8. “You’re feeling burnt out and discouraged, but you’ve made it this far, and I think that’s really brave.” — Anonymous
  9. “Self-care is your fuel…Whatever the road ahead or the path you’ve taken, self-care is what keeps your motor running and your wheels turning.” — Melissa Steginus
  10. “But what happens when you work hard at something unfulfilling? It drains your spirit. It robs you of your life force. You end up depleted, depressed and angry.” — Oprah Winfrey

Famous Burnout Quotes

These quotes capture the essence of burnout, highlighting its toll on mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and the importance of recognizing and addressing it.

  1. “Burnout is the symptom; stress is the source.” — Hamza Khan
  2. “Burnout is due to a lack of respect for your personal boundaries.” — Unknown
  3. “Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long.” — Michael Gungor
  4. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott
  5. “If the fans want a burnout, I’m going to give them a burnout. That’s what it’s going to be.” — Chase Elliott
  6. “Burnout is not about giving too much of yourself, it’s about trying to give what you do not possess.” — Unknown
  7. “Nobody’s perfect, so give yourself credit for everything you’re doing right, and be kind to yourself when you struggle.” — Lori Deschene
  8. “When you’re at peace with yourself and love your self, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.” — Wayne Dyer
  9. “In order to break the cycle of burnout, it is important to observe and identify your burn events, prepare for those you can identify, and recover from each.” — Dr. Kate Steiner
  10. “It can be tempting, in our goal-oriented society, to push ourselves beyond our capacities in pursuit of success. But when we do this we tell ourselves that our work is more important than our health. Without our health our success means nothing. No promotion, no raise, no accolade will mean anything if you aren’t happy and healthy.” — Olivia Kram


In conclusion, these burnout quotes serve as gentle reminders that exhaustion is a universal experience, yet it’s also an opportunity for growth and self-care. They highlight the importance of prioritizing mental, emotional, and physical well-being in the face of life’s challenges.

Let them serve as beacons of hope and inspiration, guiding us toward a path of renewal and balance in our lives.

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