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Quotations about Effort & Hard Work

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The level path is easy, but it will not bring you to the mountaintop. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

Once I set out on my way, I must win my right to go on. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

A toast today to all the invisible people doing jobs mysteriously getting done. ~Robert Brault, 2017,

You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic. ~Author Unknown

All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do. ~Author Unknown

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind. ~Author Unknown

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. ~Edward H. Harriman

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland

A great work demands a great sacrifice, and who is not capable of a great sacrifice is not capable of a great work. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Wind-Wafted Wild Flowers," in The Open Court, August 1903

The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. ~Larry Bird

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~Author Unknown

To have been faithful! To be able to say: "I have done the thing, and I have put all of myself into it. I have done it with all the brawn of my hands, with all the warmth of my heart, and with all the glow of my soul!" ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Nothing can replace hard work, he told us, so embrace the grind. ~Dr. SunWolf,

No one understands that you have given everything. You must give more. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have. ~Coleman Cox, 1922 (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of!)

The reason most people do not recognize an opportunity when they meet it is because it usually goes around wearing overalls and looking like Hard Work. ~Author unknown, printed uncredited in Logansport Pharos Tribune (Indiana), May 18th 1921, later commonly attributed to Thomas Edison (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of!)

Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm. ~Sidney J. Phillips

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves. ~Garth Henrichs

You can wait for a miracle, but it's generally a better strategy to meet it halfway. ~Robert Brault,

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Oh! when I can do hard things, I like to do them a great deal better than I do easy things. ~Chauncey Giles, The Magic Spectacles: A Fairy Story, 1868

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat. ~Ann Landers

Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough. ~Author unknown

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. ~George Bernard Shaw

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda

He had to, so he did, was the motto of General Armstrong's life. "Doing what can't be done is the glory of living," he once said. "For most people," said one of General Armstrong's friends, "an obstacle is something in the way to stop one from going on, but for General Armstrong it merely meant something to climb over; and if he could not climb all the way over, he would get up as high as possible, and then crow!" ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "Samuel C. Armstrong," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

Now I know, a refuge never grows
from a chin in the hand and a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.
~Indigo Girls

The dead level is not life. Give me the stimulus of the up‑grade. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

There's nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway. ~Mark Burnett

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. ~Sam Ewing

Though the barriers of life seem formidable, we find when we challenge them that they have no will. ~Robert Brault,

One saves oneself much pain, by taking pains; much trouble, by taking trouble. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. ~Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The footprint of the owner is the best manure. ~English Proverb

Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. ~Author Unknown

All that you do,
do with your might.
Things done by halves
are never done right.
~Author Unknown

We all have a path to take; sometimes it's hidden under the weeds, so you might have to work a little. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

An industrious dunce is often more successful in life than his learned neighbor. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Nothing puts me on better terms with myself than getting to understand some difficult point, and yet I so seldom set myself to master difficult things. I ought to try it more often. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), "The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance"  [Lichtenberg's unfinished "autopsychography" (Norman Alliston, 1908). —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. ~Margaret Thatcher

Put in 5% more effort than "there's only so much I can do" and you'll be way ahead of the game. ~Terri Guillemets

The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen. ~Sarah Brown

As we learn to do things well we love to do them, and after doing a few things that are quite hard to do we become very fond of doing hard things. I hope these little children will always love to do hard things. ~Sara E. Wiltse, Kindergarten Stories and Morning Talks, 1890

If you have an idea of what you want to do in your future, you must go at it with almost monastic obsession, be it music, the ballet or just a basic degree. You have to go at it single-mindedly and let nothing get in your way. ~Henry Rollins

Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment. ~Heywood Hale Broun

Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. ~William James

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gift, like genius, I often think only means an infinite capacity for taking pains. ~Jane Ellice Hopkins

If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort. ~Robert Brault,

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. ~Emile Zola

No matter what it is, if you aren't happy striving for it, you won't be happy achieving it. ~Robert Brault,

Now, my dear boy, let us see how you and I can... do hard things without looking for praise, only for usefulness. ~G. A. C., "Knights, Enchanters, and Giants," in The Quiver, 1870

We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

A machine is doing its best work when it makes the least noise. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. ~José Ortega y Gassett

If you've climbed the jutting trees to your lofty goal,
you've far outdone the unscathed ladder climbers.
~Terri Guillemets

People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do. ~Author Unknown

The elevator to success is not running; you must climb the stairs. ~Zig Ziglar

Most people, upon reaching the top, look down and enjoy the view. The smart money is on looking up and finding new mountains to climb. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson

We gain no easier advantage than by relentlessly pursuing our goal while others pursue an advantage. ~Robert Brault,

Let us remember then that we were made to do hard things, not easy, for if we do nothing but what is easy we will not go forward; then, as there is no standing still in the universe, we will degenerate, so that by doing something a little harder each time we prepare ourselves against something really hard. ~The Agricultural Journal (British Columbia), 1921

You're either changing your life or you're not. No waiting for this or that or better weather or other hurdles. Hurdles are the change. ~Terri Guillemets

The heights by great men reached and kept,
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My morning choices are having a good tussle. Procrastination was winning, but Make Your Bed & Good Breakfast just kicked his butt. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, (2009 tweet, @wildthyme)

Plough deep while sluggards sleep. ~Benjamin Franklin

Let the dragon in your soul be the keeper of your dreams — and breathe fire on all those who dare to tread, including your own demons and laziness. ~Terri Guillemets

The wings of a phoenix will take you only so far, it is up to you to jump from his back and land on your own two feet. ~Jessica McKenzie, May 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Man stands for long time with mouth open before roast duck flies in. ~Chinese Saying

The trick to playing second fiddle is to play it like second Stradivarius. ~Robert Brault,

The view is better when it is earned. ~Author Unknown

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. ~T.S. Eliot

There are no easy methods of learning difficult things; the method is to close your door, give out that you are not at home, and work. ~Joseph de Maistre

Yes, to be a good parent, you have to sacrifice, but this is not a requirement of parenting, it is a requirement of being good at something. ~Robert Brault,

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. ~Ulysses S. Grant

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody. ~Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961

Do not waste a minute, not a second, in trying to demonstrate to others the merit of your own performance. If your work does not vindicate itself, you cannot vindicate it, but you can labor steadily on to something which needs no advocate but itself. ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Letter to a Young Contributor," The Atlantic Monthly, April 1862

Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets. ~American Proverb

God gave us two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Head you win, tail you lose. ~Author Unknown

Doors don't slam open. ~John M. Shanahan, The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less)

Sometimes in life you have an appointment with destiny, and sometimes you just have to get destiny to squeeze you in. ~Robert Brault,

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. ~Gloria Pitzer

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to. ~Walter Linn

Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough. ~Sophia Loren

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb

We lack resolve and blame fate, mistaking the drift for the tides. ~Robert Brault,

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

They indeed are fools who are satisfied with the fruits of their past effort and do not engage themselves in self-effort now. ~Swami Venkatesananda

[Y]our life is a journey, not a rest. You are travelling to the promised land, from the cradle to the grave. ~The Sunday at Home, December 7th 1854

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune. ~Plutarch

He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. ~Proverb

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. ~Confucius, Analects

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