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Quotations: Work & Effort

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Work Is Wonderful & Work Is a Privilege

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

“Chance favors those in motion.” —James H. Austin


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A belief in working with the head, hand and heart and mixing enough play with the work so that every task is pleasurable and makes for health and happiness.” —John Ruskin (Roycroft creed)

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” —Henry Ford

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” —John Lubbock

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” —Henry Kissinger

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” —Napolean Hill

“A jewel will not shine if it is not polished.” —Japanese Proverb

“A word does not frighten the man who, in acting feels no fear.” —Sophocles, Oedipus in Colonus

“Achievement results from work realizing ambition.” —Adam Ant

“Action is the antidote to despair.” —Joan Baez

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” —Benjamin Disraeli

“All great achievements have one thing in common—people with a passion to succeed.” —Pat Cash

“All that you do, do with your might, things done by halves are never done right.” —Shaker saying

“All the so-called ‘secrets of success’ will not work unless you do.” —Author unknown

“Always perform your duty efficiently without attachment to the results, because by doing work without attachment one attains the Supreme.” —The Baghavad Gita

“An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” —Colossians 3:17

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” —Colossians 2:23

“Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it; People become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarly, we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.” —Aristotle, Ethics

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” —Alexander Graham Bell

“But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” —Luke 8:50

“Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?” —Sun Tzu (not Ann Frank, Jeff Rich, Hindu proverb, Lao Tzu, Prince)

“Chance favors those in motion.” —James H. Austin

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” —Alexander Graham Bell

“Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“Die with memories, not dreams.” —Unknown

“Do more than believe: practice.” —William Arthur Ward

“Do not put off until tomorrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work; Industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always hand-grips with ruin.” —Hesiod, Works and Days

“Do the work you love or love the work you do.” —Anonymous

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do.” —Oprah Winfrey

“Do you work to eat or eat to work? Do you work to rest or rest to work? Do you wish work away and so your life? Or, do you enjoy work and so your life? Do you have it backwards? Then change your attitude starting today!” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Doing your best is more important than being your best.” —Shannon Miller

“Don’t be afraid to go slowly. Be afraid of stopping.” —Chinese proverb

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” —Woody Allen

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Energy is the basis of everything. Every Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal. It is the most perpetual people of the Earth.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Find the fun and the work will get done.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Finding is reserved for those that search.” —Jim Rohn

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” —Peter Drucker

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” —II Thessalonians 3:10

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“Formula for success: under promise and over deliver.” —Tom Peters

“Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.” —Sophocles, Minos

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” — Thomas A. Edison

“Goals are not only absolutely necessary to motivate us. They are essential to really keep us alive.” —Robert Schuller

“God always strives together with those who strive.” —Aeschylus, fragment

“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” —Douglas Malloch

“Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.” —Washington Irving

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” —Vincent van Gogh

“Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.” —Vincent van Gogh

“Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.” —Samuel Johnson

“Half measures availed us nothing.” —AA Big Book

“Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” —Napoleon Hill

“Haven’t you noticed that plants and animals do not retire, but work their entire lives?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.” —William Blake

“He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Heaven never helps the man who will not act.” —Socrates, fragment

“Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” —Thomas Edison

“Hunger is an altogether fit companion for the idle man.” —Hesiod, Works and Days

“I believe in being an innovator.” —Walt Disney

“‘I must do something’ always solves more problems than ‘Something must be done.’” —Anonymous

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” —George F. Burns

“Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.” —Arnold H. Glasow

“Idleness is the devil’s workshop.” —Aphorism

“If anything is worth doing, do it will all your heart.” —Buddha

“If men are given food, but no chastisement nor any work, they become insolent.” —Aristotle, Economics

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” —Milton Berle

“If the use of leisure time is confined to looking at TV for a few extra hours every day, we will deteriorate as a people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” —Thomas Edison

“If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.” —Ivan Turgenev

“If you add a little to a little, and do it again, soon that little shall be much.” —Hesoid, Works and Days

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” —Steve Jobs

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” —Nora Roberts

“If you hate the work you have, then you doubt yourself and your life; therefore, find work you value or learn to value the work that you have.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you hate work, then you hate yourself because you are made for work.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you master consistency you’re halfway there.” —Unknown

“If your plan isn’t working, adjust your plan. Never give up.” —Matt Martin

“In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference.” —Anonymous

“Inaction is the worst action of human beings!” ―Mehmet Murat ildan

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius

“It doesn’t matter what you do, just enjoy it and do your best.” —Winnie Byanyima

“It is a sad state of affairs when the world makes both learning and work a pain–when in fact learning and work are the two greatest joys in life. Think not–then watch little children before school and parents have corrupted them.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” —Napoleon Hill

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” —Henry David Thoreau

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ―Theodore Roosevelt

“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.” —Henry Longfellow

“It’s easier to make something happen when you’re already in motion.” —Barrie Dolnick

“It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” —David Feherty

“Keep busy; idleness is the strength of bad habits.” —Fredrick W. Evans, Shaker member

“Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.” —Roger W. Babson

“Killing time murders opportunities.” —Anonymous

“Later never exists.” —Anonymous

“Laziness is the mother of all evils.” —Sophocles

“Laziness is the source of many evils.” —Meander

“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” —Vince Lombardi

“Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties.” —Samuel Johnson

“Love the life you live and you will live the life you love.” —Anonymous

“Management by objective works–if you know the objectives. Ninety percent of the time you don’t.” —Peter Drucker

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” —Peter Drucker

“More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision.” —Cicero

“Much sleep is not required by nature, either for our souls or bodies, or for the action in which they are concerned.” —Plato, Protagoras

“My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’” —Jim Fox

“Necessity is the mother of taking chances.” —Mark Twain

“Never look for your work in one place and your progress in another.” —Epicetetus, Discources

“Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.” —Miguel de Cervantes

“Never mistake motion for action.” —Ernest Hemingway

“No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No labor, however humble, is dishonoring.” —Talmud

“Not to take risks is to risk mediocrity.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Nothing great comes into being all at once.” —Epictetus, Discourses

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” —Henry Ford

“Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

“Nothing works like working.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.” —Herbert Spencer

“Only he who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” —Albert Einstein

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” —Miguel de Unamuno (not M. C. Escher)

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but worry, frustration and resentment.” —Dale Carnegie

“Peace begins when expectation ends.” —Sri Chinmoy

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.” —Thomas Henry Huxley

“Persistent effort gets results.” —Albert Ellis

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” —Peter Drucker

“Practice is everything.” —Periander, in Lives of Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laërtius

“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.” —Epictetus

“Purpose is what gives life a meaning.” —Charles Henry Parkhurst

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” —Swami Sivananda

“Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” —John Ruskin

“Remember, nothing succeeds without toil.” —Sophocles, Electra

“Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises.” —Demosthenes

“Sometimes the easiest way is the hard way.” —John Finn

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” —Babs Hoffman

“Success is about who you are, not what you have. Successful people work to discover their talents, to develop those talents, and then to use those talents to benefit others as well as themselves.” —Tom Morris

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” —Winston Churchill

“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.” —Zig Ziglar

“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” —G.K. Nielson

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” —Emile Zola

“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is good work today.” —Elbert Hubbard

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” —Chinese proverb

“The best way to get something done is to begin.” —Anonymous

“The best way to predict your life is to create it.” —Abraham Lincoln

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The easy way out is often just that–the ‘easy’ way out of the most rewarding lifestyle.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 177.

“The gods help those who help themselves.” —Aesop, Fables

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.” —Epicurus

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.” —Michelangelo

“The greatest happiness is to do our duty, and our foremost duty is to reach the place we can.” —Chaim Nachman Bialik

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” —Vince Lombardi

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” —Stephen Covey

“The man who moves the mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” —Confucius

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” —Amelia Earhart

“The most important thing about having goals is having one.” —Geoffrey F. Abert

“The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.” —Publilius Syrus

“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.” —Meister Eckhart

“The realization that all beginnings are difficult makes the task of beginning easier.” —Rabbi Shraga Silverstein, A Candle a Day

“The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.” —Denis Waitley

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” —Jonas Salk

“The road to easy street goes through the sewer.” —John Madden

“The secret of success is to know something else nobody else knows.” —Aristotle

“The secret to success in life is: To find the one thing that you enjoy doing so much that you would gladly do it for nothing…and then you get good enough at it that you actually get paid for it.” —Cavett Robert

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.” —Napoleon Hill

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. “ —Bruce Lee

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” —Arnold J. Toynbee

“The way to do is be.” —Lao Tzu

“The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.” —Benjamin Jowett

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” —Colin L. Powell

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t all yourself to be one of them.” —Ralph Marston

“There is always room at the top.” —Daniel Webster

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” —Zig Ziglar

“There is no substitute for hard work.” —Thomas Edison

“There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.” —Christopher Morley

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” —Francis Bacon

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” —John F Kennedy

“Those who wish to know the whole truth take joy in doing the work and service that comes to them.” —Huahujing

“To be is to be related.” —J. Krishnamurti

“To be is to do.” —Plato

“To be needed means you do work for someone.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To be useful means you do work.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“To do is to be.” —Socrates

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” —Lao Tzu

“To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“Too much rest becomes a pain.” —Homer, The Odyssey

“Try first thyself, and after call in God; For to the worker God himself lends aid.” —Euripides, fragment

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” —Japanese Proverb

“We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start.” —Anonymous

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” —Kenji Miyazawa

“We only regret the chances we didn’t take” —Robin Dabhi

“Well begun is half done.” —Aristotle

“What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.” —Bertrand Russell

“What may be done at any time will be done at no time.” —Scottish proverb

“What one has to do usually can be done.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.” —Alexandra Stoddard

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (paraphrase from, Faust)

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” —Betty Bender

“When we grow old, there can only be one regret- not to have given enough of ourselves.” —Eleanora Duse

“When work is over life is over.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When work is play–you have arrived back home.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.” —Anonymous

“When you hit a wall—of your own imagined limitations—just kick it in.” —Sam Shepard

“Whenever a man makes haste, God too hastens with him.” —Aeschylus, The Persians

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” —Confucius

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.” —Seneca

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” —Johannes Brahms

“Without danger you cannot get beyond danger.” —George Herbert

“Work is a gift. Work is a privilege. Work is a challenge. Work is an opportunity.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Work is not a shame. Laziness is a shame.” —Hesiod

“Work is the best method devised for killing time.” —William Feather

“Work is the sustenance of noble minds.” —Seneca

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget that errand.” —Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

“You have a right to the work, not the results.” —Bhagavad Gita

“You must not only aim right, but draw your bow with all your might.” —Henry David Thoreau

“You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.” —Charles Buxton

“You will not achieve happiness if you don’t work hard; and it’s a shame not to want to work hard.” —Euripides

“You will not do incredible things without an incredible dream.” —John Eliot


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