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Success doesn’t just land in our lap – it requires hard work.

We need to put in a lot of work over a period of time if we want to be successful.

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Top 10 Hard Work Quotes

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

Margaret Thatcher
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The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Roger Bannister
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Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

Coco Chanel
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To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do.

Manoj Arora
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What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.

Steve Pavlina
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I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.

Oscar Wilde
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If hard work was so wonderful, the rich would keep it all for themselves.

Yiddish saying
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Don’t blame others as an excuse for your not working hard enough.

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There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession.

Conor McGregor
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In the end, all business operation can be reduced to three words: people, products, and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two. Lee Iacocca, President

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.


He is not looking forward to the sale of his crops or any pecuniary profit, but he is paid by the constant satisfaction which his labor yields him. Henry David Thoreau

Baby steps are better than no steps at all. Keep going. You’ll get there. Unknown

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And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? Marcus Aurelius

Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.

Dwayne Johnson

You’re probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm. Larry Page

It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. Mark Cuban

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To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate. Michael Jordan

If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love.

Barack Obama

Take up one idea, make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. Steve Jobs

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The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. Henry David Thoreau

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

Pat Riley

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. Calvin Coolidge

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things, you’re excited to get up in the morning. Larry Page

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Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands. Japanese proverb

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Robert Frost

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. Ralph Lauren

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

Victor Hugo

Hard work does pay off. Michael Phelps

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. Lou Holtz

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Hard work never killed a man. Scottish proverb 

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

Lao Tzu

In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. Robert Greene

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey

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I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work. Greg Behrendt

Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.

Joan Didion

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

Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it. Madeleine L’Engle 

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Look in the mirror – that’s your competition. Unknown

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.


Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

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People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass

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If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all. Michelangelo

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

David Bly

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. Sam Ewing

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Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Stephen King

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The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished. Benjamin Franklin

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. Michael Jordan

When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played. Dr. Seuss

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One must work and dare if one really wants to live. Vincent van Gogh

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

William A. Ward

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work. Jerry Rice

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton

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The wiser you get, the less you take yourself seriously, the more work looks like play. Maxime Lagacé

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Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

Arnold Palmer

I’m a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it’s frivolous or superficial, but it’s not that way at all. It’s actually very hard work. Donatella Versace

The cynics may be the loudest voices – but I promise you, they will accomplish the least. Barack Obama

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The obstacle is the way. Ryan Holiday

When you feel like stopping think about why you started.


Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could. Charles J. Sykes 

Have a healthy disregard for the impossible and actually build new solutions. Larry Page

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Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

Alan Alda

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. Albert Camus

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Go and get your things. Dreams mean work. Paulo Coelho

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Work incessantly, but be not attached to it. Swami Vivekananda

If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.

Sam Walton

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. Muhammad Ali

I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. Will Smith

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Never expose the sweat and labor behind your poise. Robert Greene

He does nothing with haste and drudgery, but as if he loved it. He makes the most of his labor, and takes infinite satisfaction in every part of it.

Henry David Thoreau

Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen. Blair Waldorf

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Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give, the last one you get. Unknown

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The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand 

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.


Start with a cry, end with a smile. Michael Bassey Johnson

Inspiring Hard Work Quotes

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

Émile Zola 

Work without love is slavery. Mother Teresa

Why should the hen set all day? She can lay but one egg, and besides she will not have picked up materials for a new one. Those who work much do not work hard. Henry David Thoreau

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A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

Henry David Thoreau

Sticking to good habits can be hard work, and mistakes are part of the process. Don’t declare failure simply because you messed up or because you’re having trouble reaching your goals. Instead, use your mistakes as opportunities to grow stronger and become better. Amy Morin

Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way. Mary E. Pearson

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God sells us all things at the price of labor. Leonardo da Vinci

So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them?

Marcus Aurelius

Work hard in silence; let success make the noise. Frank Ocean 

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There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel

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All good work requires self-revelation. Sidney Lumet

Before you start any work, ask yourself: is this the most important and most impactful task I could be doing right now.

Maxime Lagacé

Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston S. Churchill

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The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will. Nike

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Seneca 

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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich

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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. Conan O’Brien

I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.

Charles Lamb

There’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there. Joyce Chapman

The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! Marvin Phillips

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It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it. Larry Page

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labor passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures. Gaius Musonius Rufus

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. Thomas Edison

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I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one. Bill Gates

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The better your feedback loop, the better your work. Businesses have the market. Novels have the readers. Science has experiments. It’s when the feedback loop is a small group of bosses or peers that quality falls apart.

Naval Ravikant

If you can’t outplay them, outwork them. Ben Hogan

If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. Steve Jobs

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Hard work betrays none. Hachiman Hikigaya

Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want.

Prabakaran Thirumalai

There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison 

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It does not matter where you are standing right now. Sanchita Pandey

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

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

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

Nothing can beat hard work. Conor McGregor

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

Henri-Frederic Amiel

I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out. Theodore Roosevelt

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It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. Caterina Fake

Amateurs have hard work and speed. Professionals have hard work, speed and direction.

Maxime Lagacé

Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Helen Hanson

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You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday. Unknown

Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands. Zig Ziglar

Sore today, strong tomorrow.


Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. Thomas Edison

What you don’t sweat out when you’re young will turn into tears when you’re old. Japanese proverb

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. Babe Ruth

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go about it, and make trial after trial until it comes. Thomas Edison

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. Alexander Graham Bell

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No one ever drowned in sweat. U.S. Marine Corps

A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint.

Sarah Price

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. Frank Lloyd Wright

Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. Thomas Carlyle

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The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. Barack Obama

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln

Motivational Hard Work Quotes

Phere will be a wide margin for relaxation to his day. He is only earnest to secure the kernels of time, and does not exaggerate the value of the husk. Henry David Thoreau

Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off.

Sam Altman

I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means. Joseph Conrad

The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. Andrew Carnegie

There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. Zig Ziglar

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When they’re really possessed by what they do, they’d rather stop eating and sleeping than give up practicing their arts.

Marcus Aurelius

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. Ray Kroc

What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy. Unknown

No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. Elon Musk 

No struggle, no progress, no success.

Maxime Lagacé

Hard work teaches us that it takes more than hard work. Jack Butcher

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It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football. Roger Staubach

The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. Louisa May Alcott

I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.

Maria Bartiromo

The more I want to get something done the less I call it work. Richard Bach

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Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have. Ed Bradley

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

I’m against retiring. The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do.

Colonel Sanders

I work hard because I love my work. Bill Gates

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

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. Naval Ravikant

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

Tommy Lasorda

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. Margaret Thatcher

The world belongs to the energetic. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Success is best when it’s shared. Howard Schultz

Let us work without reasoning, it is the only way to make life endurable.


Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Tim Notke

It hurts now but one day it will be your warm up. Unknown

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

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington

My life will be the best illustration of all my work. Hans Christian Andersen

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. J.C. Penney

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To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

Mark Twain

Entrepreneurship is a great leveler. The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. Richard Branson

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. Ariana Huffington

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. Henry Ford

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan

Success With Hard Work Quotes

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi,

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

Thomas Jefferson 

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Unknown

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To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession. Walt Disney

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and effort, and we control both.

Dwayne Johnson

Amateurs are busy and tense. Professionals are calm and focused. Maxime Lagacé

When you find the right thing to do, and people to work with, invest deeply into that, and stick with it for decades. Naval Ravikant

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter F. Drucker

Doing anything big and bold in life is hard work, and learning to persist (try, fail, learn, try again, etc.) is fundamental to any entrepreneur’s success.

Peter Diamandis

Never let your work drive you. Master it and keep it in complete control. Booker T. Washington

There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. Alain de Botton

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Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. Iain Duncan Smith

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.

Mark Warner

Without labor nothing prospers. Sophocles

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. Steve Jobs

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. Henry Ford

I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

Margaret Mead

Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy. Barack Obama

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

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Work isn’t meaningful just because you spend your life doing it. Anthony Marra

Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.

George Allen Sr

Work hard, have fun, make history. Jeff Bezos

Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. Emily Chang

Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

Hard work is an essential element in tracking down and perfecting a strategy or in executing it.

Charlie Munger

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur

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I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

It’s hard work making movies. It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work. If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it.

George Lucas

The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity. George Carlin

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. Gloria Steinem

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A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. Colin Powell

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

Malcolm Forbes

Character is the indelible mark that determines the only true value of all people and all their work. Orison Swett Marden

Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. David Ogilvy

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. J.M. Barrie

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.

Jessica Savitch

Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far. Gary Vaynerchuk

Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? Marcus Aurelius

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Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln

Only in recent history has “working hard” signaled pride rather than shame. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent. Guy Kawasaki

Work harder than you think you did yesterday. Alex Elle

I sweat in tears to get what I want.

Lailah Akita

This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Watts

Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have. Unknown

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The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Vidal Sassoon

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.

Maxine Hong Kingston

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. Charles F. Kettering

Be like a duck, paddling and working hard in the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling, calm face. Manoj Arora

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off. Kevin Hart

Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom.

Aniekee Ezekiel

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

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If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. Elon Musk

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Pele

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