We’re going to get straight into it because we absolutely love some of these quotes so much that it simply motivates to keep using standing desks all the time!
I write at a standing desk, which has helped me be much more productive and solved some back problems, but mostly all my quirky habits have to do with procrastination and avoidance rather than with work. I’m slowly trying to stamp those out.
– Paolo Bacigalupi
One sits the whole day at the desk and appetite is standing next to me. “Away with you,” I say. But Comrade Appetite does not budge from the spot.
– Leonid Brezhnev
I will never forget the bright September day, standing at my desk in the White House, when my young assistant said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center – and then a second one – and a third, the Pentagon.
– Condoleezza Rice
By too much sitting still, the body becomes unhealthy, and soon the mind. This is nature’s law.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1839
I am concerned, lest you should injure your health by too close an application to your studies. Walk out often; and when you write or read, be sure to keep yourself in as upright a posture as you can. Write upon an inclined plane, but a standing desk is best. Nothing is more injurious to the health of young divines and students than stooping.
– Job Orton, letter, 1777 July 5th
Still, it is customary to keep pupils sitting too long at once. They ought to stand occasionally or march around the room, and they should be required to exercise a few minutes in the open air, once an hour, at least.
– American Annals of Education and Instruction, April 1832
Sometimes I sit at my table, but my favorite place is at my standing desk.
– Horace E. Scudder, “The Poet’s House,” 1880
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!
– Henry David Thoreau, 1851 August 19th
The human body simply isn’t built to sit for long periods of time. A hundred years ago, when we were all out toiling in the fields and factories, obesity was basically nonexistent. But since we can’t exactly run free in the fields until the end of our days, we have to help our bodies in other ways. We have to stand up for our right to stand up.
– Jolie O’Dell, “Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down,” May 2011
I shall be compelled to buy a standing desk, which will cost me from two to three dollars, as the older students advise me to have one as necessary to my health.
– James Stokes Dickerson, 1842
I have seen children who were naturally of feeble constitution, but whose backs, having never been injured, were able to be on their feet from morning to evening, with less of fatigue and suffering than usually falls to the lot of those who are sitting half the day.
– William Andrus Alcott, The Young Woman’s Book of Health, 1850
I am writing this at my standing desk, which is against the window. The window offers a pleasant prospect over the lime trees and sun-bathed hills — delightful natural scenery.
– Friedrich Nietzsche, 1862
Reginald was nearly all day at his office, and half the night at his stand-up desk in his room.
– Henry Kingsley, 1874
Sitting kills, moving heals.
– Joan Vernikos, 2011
This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
I try to get seven hours of sleep every night; I always walk or bike to work; I make a point to eat well and take my vitamins; I drink tons of water, and I always spend a portion of my day at a standing desk.
– Jessica Scorpio
These are just a few of the hundreds, if not thousands, of quotes out there by famous people who love to stand at their desk and work instead of sitting. We hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we did! 🙂