Much effort, much prosperity.
EURIPIDES, The Suppliant Women
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, as quoted in Wendy Toliver's Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET, as quoted in Jason A. Merchey's Building a Life of Value
Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. So with the man who has daily inured himself to habits of concentrated attention, energetic volition, and self-denial in unnecessary things. He will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him, and when his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast.
WILLIAM JAMES, Talks to Teachers on Psychology
Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, "The Strenuous Life," The Works of Theodore Roosevelt
All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired.
To despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
NAPOLEON HILL, as quoted in Bob Kelly's Worth Repeating
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires us to try.
MOTHER TERESA, Rolling Stone, Dec. 1992
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.
To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals this alone is worth the struggle.
WILLIAM OSLER, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul
No one ever drowned in sweat.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
Go the extra mile. There are never any traffic jams on the extra mile.
BRIAN TRACY, The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success
We must adapt our efforts to the express object which we seek to attain.
MARY WILLARD, "The True Spirit of Reform," Autographs for Freedom
Don't wait for the ship to come in. Row out and meet it.
JOHN TAYLOR WOOD, Quotes to Nirvana
No one knows what he can do till he tries.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS, Moral Sayings
- The smallest effort is not lost,
- Each wavelet on the ocean tost
- Aids in the ebb-tide or the flow;
- Each rain-drop makes some floweret blow;
- Each struggle lessens human woe.
CHARLES MACKAY, The Old and the New
If it required some effort to go from today to tomorrow, some people would always remain in yesterday.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Talkin' 'bout fire doesn't boil the pot.
The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it.
ANTONIN SERTILLANGES, The Intellectual Life
Walls don't fall without effort.
Beautiful objects are wrought by study through effort, but ugly things are reaped automatically without toil.
DEMOCRITUS, attributed, Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers
- Inscribe all human effort with one word,
- Artistry’s haunting curse, the Incomplete!
ROBERT BROWNING, The Ring and the Book
Elbow grease is the best polish.
Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of effort involved in getting there--or failing to get there.
MAX LERNER, "Man's Belief in Himself," The Unfinished Country
I'm bred for farm work, and for such folk, the only A's you get come from effort. Strife and strain are all the world can offer, and they temper you into something unbreakable because Lord knows they'll try -- without let up -- to break you.
Sometimes it takes a pound of effort to gain an ounce of gold.
JON R. STONE, The Routledge Book of World Proverbs
It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
MADAME DE MAINTENON, attributed, Treasury of Thought
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
SAMUEL JOHNSON, Johnsonian Miscellanies
Do not attempt to accomplish greater results by a greater effort of your little understanding, but by a greater understanding of your little effort.
WALTER RUSSELL, THINK: IBM Lecture Series
A little bait catches a large fish.
JOHN TAYLOR WOOD, Quotes to Nirvana
Earnest effort leads to success.
Effort is a species of talent.
J. ALDRICH, attributed, Day's Collacon
Hand plow can't make furrows by itself.
By labor, fire is got out of a stone.
When your efforts run in the face of conventional wisdom and accepted mastery, persistence can look like madness. If you succeed in the end, this extreme originality reformulates into a new level of mastery, sometimes even genius; if you fail in the end, you remain a madman in the eyes of others, and maybe even yourself. When you are in the midst of the journey ... there’s really no way of knowing which one you are.
HILARY AUSTEN, Artistry: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life
The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.