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Quotations about Doing Hard Things

It is much more exciting to do hard things; anybody can do easy things. ~Freda Pepper, c. 1940  [a little altered —tg]

It is the hard things that make men. It is hard things that bring mental discipline and mental muscle. It is what brings out manhood, to really conquer something. ~Proceedings of the Dedication of the New Buildings of the Central High School, Philadelphia, 1902  [a little altered —tg] is going to be hard, terribly hard, to do these things quietly, steadily and patiently day after day and week after week, and if need be, as perhaps it will, year after year. That is the thing that is going to be hard, but we can do hard things, and let us do our part. ~Convention of the Colorado Bankers' Association, 1917

Don't you find it easier to do hard things when you stop to think love-thoughts? Love makes the burden light. ~Frank T. Bayley, Little Ten-Minutes, 1903  [a little altered —tg]

Pluck... That means having the courage to do hard things and the things that are right. ~J. F. Cowan, "What Ailed Bob's Luck?," in Christian Work, 1899

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

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me most good. ~Lucy Larcom, A New England Girlhood, 1889

We belong to each other, and we can do hard things. ~Glennon Doyle, @glennondoyle, Instagram post, 2020

Doing hard things is worth it in the end. And not doing hard things doesn't really leave you with much. So keep pushing. Keep going. Keep working hard. And keep enjoying the journey. ~Paul Holte, @mylayoverlife, 2022

Don't be an easy-doing child, do hard things too. Remember a blacksmith never got a big muscle by hammering an inch nail, but by swinging a heavy hammer while beating out an iron bar. Sometimes we must run hard roads, through briers, over sharp stones, and any which way. ~Sunday School Helper, 1897  [a little altered —tg]

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

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

A successful business man tells me that every victory he has gained in a long career has been the result of hard fighting, so that now he is actually afraid of an easily won success. He feels that there must be something wrong when anything worth while can be obtained without a struggle. Fighting his way to triumph, overcoming obstacles, gives this man pleasure. Difficulties are a tonic to him. He likes to do hard things because it tests his strength... ~Orison Swett Marden, "The Stimulus of Rebuffs," Getting On, 1910

A great many people fail in life for no other reason than that they shrink from doing the hard, disagreeable things; then they are tortured with anticipation of the drudgery to come later. To go through life picking the flowers and avoiding the thorns weakens one's character. Do hard things, and develop the strength that will enable you to do the harder things when they come. ~Orison Swett Marden, Making Life a Masterpiece, 1916  [a little altered —tg]

You'll wish that you had done some of the hard things when they were easier to do. ~Author unknown

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

God has made it easy to reach boys in their early adolescent years if a hard enough and noble enough program is placed before them. Boys do not like to do easy things. There is no fun in jumping over a two-foot ditch. Boys like to do hard things... To shield a boy from hard work, from self-sacrifice, is the temptation into which indulgent parents most easily fall. Self-sacrifice is the law of life. ~Edgar M. Robinson, "The Necessity of Developing the Altruistic in Adolescent Boys," 1910

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]

If at first you do succeed, try something harder. ~Author unknown, c. 1950

"Do the hardest things first," is the motto hanging above the desk of a very successful business man. This man has told me that that single short sentence has wrought a revolution in his life... Don't fall into the habit of putting off unpleasant duties and evading disagreeable or difficult tasks, until the ghosts of them block your path at every turn. ~Orison Swett Marden, Making Life a Masterpiece, 1916  [a little altered —tg]

Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard thing makes it impossible. ~George Lorimer

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