Hard Work Quotes

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Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.

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If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.


Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work.
I'll sleep when I'm dead.


The work praises the man.
— Irish proverb

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Luck is the residue of design.

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Dreams don't work unless you do.


We work to become, not to acquire.


There is no substitute for hard work.
Go the extra mile. It's never crowded.
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If you never budge, don't expect a push.


The harder you work, the luckier you get.

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Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

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There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

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The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
There are no shortcuts in life—only those we imagine.
For me, hard work represents the supreme luxury of life.
The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.


There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.

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Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.


The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.


A genius? Perhaps, but before I was a genius, I was a drudge.
Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done.
Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.

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


Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take many small steps.


Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.


Success has a simple formula: do your best, and people may like it.


Luck is not chance, it's toil. Fortune's expensive smile is earned.


Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.


There's no labor a man can do that's undignified—if he does it right.


Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
One of the greatest sources of energy is pride in what you are doing.
— Spokes
God gives every bird his worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.
— Swedish proverb

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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

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Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work.
For 37 years I've practiced 14 hours a day, and now they call me a genius.

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The important thing in life is not to have a good hand but to play it well.

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It's hard to detect good luck—it looks so much like something you've earned.


The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.


In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: hit the line hard.

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Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.


I was made to work. If you are equally industrious, you will be equally successful.


I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.


The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.
Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.


Work is something you can count on, a trusted, lifelong friend who never deserts you.
Hard work is rewarding. Taking credit for other people's hard work is rewarding and faster.

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Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted.


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.


Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.

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Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

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Anything I have begun is always on my mind, and I am not easy while away from it until it is finished.
Always behave like a duck—keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.

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Toil and pleasure, in their nature opposites, are yet linked together in a kind of necessary connection.
You can't expect to make a place in the sun for yourself if you keep taking refuge under the family tree.


There are only two ways of getting on in this world: by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others!
We don't reach the mountaintop from the mountaintop. 
We start at the bottom and climb up.
Blood is involved.

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The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: it is work.


Well, I won't say I can or I can't [walk on water], but if I do, I do it before most people get up in the morning.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.


On this earth, in the final analysis, each of us gets exactly what he deserves. But only the successful recognize this.


If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.


Let us be grateful to Adam our benefactor. He cut us out of the "blessing" of idleness and won for us the "curse" of labor.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

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The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-it-iveness; third, common sense.

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Pixar's seen by a lot of folks as an overnight success, but if you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.

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Ninety eight per cent of genius is hard work. As for genius being inspired, inspiration is in most cases another word for perspiration.

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Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.


The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

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To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

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Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline—and that's the important half, for without discipline you wouldn't know what to do with your luck.

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Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

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Probably the most honest "self-made man" ever was the one we heard say: "I got to the top the hard way—fighting my own laziness and ignorance every step of the way."


Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.
Our delight in any particular study, art or science rises in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.
Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.

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If we're going to prosper, we have to work. We have to have people subject to carrots and sticks. If you take away the stick the whole system won't work. You can't vote yourself rich. It's an idiotic idea.


I had long known that there were worlds of difference between males and men, as there were between females and women. Genitalia indicated sex, but work, discipline, courage, and love were needed for the creation of men and women.

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Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.


It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird. It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.


When a man guards his gift and doesn't do his work, he doesn't fulfill his mandate and remains primitive; when he is overly enthusiastic about his work, he forgets his gift and creates a constructivist ethic: he believes everything is the fruit of his own hands and that there is no gift.

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Their research suggestes that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.


Koreans came up from nothing in the auto business. They worked 84 hours a week with no overtime for more than a decade. At the same time every Korean child came home from grade school, and worked with a tutor for four full hours in the afternoon and the evening, driven by these Tiger Moms. Are you surprised when you lose to people like that? Only if you're a total idiot.