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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.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Diary

To despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.

JOHN FOWLES, The Magus

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.

VINCE LOMBARDI

When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed.

SOPHOCLES, Antigone

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.

AFRICAN AMERICAN PROVERB

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.

NEAL SHUSTERMAN, Bruiser

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.

ENGLISH PROVERB

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.

MARY KARR, Lit: A Memoir

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.

AMERICAN PROVERB

Effort is a species of talent.

J. ALDRICH, attributed, Day's Collacon

Hand plow can't make furrows by itself.

AFRICAN AMERICAN PROVERB

By labor, fire is got out of a stone.

DUTCH PROVERB

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.

PASCAL, Pensées


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