HARD WORK

is to use great effort in order to get something accomplished.

“Much effort, much prosperity.”

Euripides (480-406);
Greek tragedian

“Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947);
founder of Ford Motor Company

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.”

Vernon Sanders Law (born 1930);
Major League Baseball pitcher

“It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have.”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826);
3rd U.S. President

“An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox. ”

Lao Tzu (600-531);
philosopher

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968);
author, lecturer, activist

“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 (born 1949);
former professional baseball player

“If you can't excel with talent, triumph with effort.”

Stephen G. Weinbaum (1902-1935);
science fiction author

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

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919);
26th U.S. President

“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.”

Horace (65-8);
Roman lyric poet

“Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.”

Marian Wright Edelman (born 1939);
childrens' rights activist

“As surely as the acorn becomes the oak tree, the images in your mind become your reality.”

Unknown

“Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947);
founder of Ford Motor Company

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large. ”

Henry Ford (1863-1947);
founder of Ford Motor Company

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933);
30th US President

“By the work one knows the workman.”

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695);
author, fabulist

“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”

James Allen (1864-1912);
writer

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.”

John Ruskin (1819-1900);
poet, writer, art critic

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

“I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else; hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't. ”

Lucille Ball (1911-1989);
actress, producer

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010);
basketball coach, author

“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865);
16th U.S. President

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948);
Indian political and spiritual leader

“Success is dependent on effort.”

Sophocles (496-406);
Greek tragedian

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784);
poet, essayist, lexicographer

“The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”

John Ruskin (1819-1900);
poet, writer, art critic

“The greatest oak was once a little nut that held it's ground.”

Unknown

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945);
32nd U.S. President

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

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826);
3rd U.S. President

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

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

Michelangelo (1475-1564);
sculptor, painter, architect

“I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973);
writer, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner

“Any necessary work that pays an honest wage carries its own honor and dignity.”

W. Kelly Griffith

“The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.”

Colin Powell (born 1937);
65th U.S. Secretary of State

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”

Ralph Marston

“Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.”

Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955);
philosopher

“Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919);
26th U.S. President

“[Regarding dyslexia) I knew I wasn't stupid, and I knew I wasn't dumb...They knew I wasn't lazy, but what was it?”

Whoopi Goldberg (born 1955);
actress, radio host, author, comedian

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vincent "Vince" Lombardi (1913-1970);
athletic coach

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

Henry Ellis (1721-1806);
2nd Royal Governor of Georgia

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

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

“If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.”

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

Victor Hugo (1802-1885);
poet, novelist, playwright

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.”

Vincent "Vince" Lombardi (1913-1970);
athletic coach

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882);
poet

“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 (born 1949);
former professional baseball player

“Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.”

Paul Coffey (born 1961);
retired professional Hall of Fame ice hockey defenseman

“Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines.”

Gary Sinise (born 1955);
actor, director

“I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.”

Ray Bradbury (born 1920);
author

“He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.”

Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-1661);
clergyman, writer

“The greatest weariness comes from work not done.”

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983);
philosopher

“If there is no wind, row.”

Latin Proverb

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

David Bly (born 1952);
Politician

“Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”

Roger Staubach (born 1942);
athlete

“The one thing that matters is the effort.”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944);
(1900-1944); aviator, writer

“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ”

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984);
Prime Minister of India

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

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895);
Invented pasteurization

“The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.”

Horace Greeley (1811-1872);
editor and publisher

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

Aristotle (384-322);
philosopher

“Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.”

Bette Davis (1908-1989);
Bette Davis

“We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.”

William James (1842-1910);
psychologist, philosopher, author

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”

James M. Barrie (1860-1937);
novelist, dramatist

“Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226);
Catholic Saint, founder of Franciscans

“Hard work doesn't guarantee success, but improves its chances.”

B. J. Gupta

“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.”

Richard David Bach (born 1936);
writer

“The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882);
Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there's love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”

Ella Jane Fitzgerald (1917-1996);
Jazz vocalist

“Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love.”

Steve Pavlina (born 1971);
motivational speaker and entrepreneur

“The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935);
associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court

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Everyday Hero: Deb

Of course my mom is my hero, but for reasons beyond her nurturing love and endless support she has given me throughout my life. Mom instilled in me numerous values, but one that I value the most is commitment to hard work. Mom worked 16 hour days as a single parent who still wanted to provide her daughters with everything…

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Everyday Hero: Estela

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She's always my hero and our (family's) hero. She dedicates her life in helping all of us here in the Philippines. Its more than 20 years, she's working in another countries just to feed us. She was able to help us in many ways; basic needs, education, social protection and everything. And on here 5oth birthday, I want to reward…

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Everyday Hero: Marcus

Seeing & knowing Marcus is a blessing to everyone's life he touches! Teaching himself to paint beautiful paintings after being paralyzed from the shoulders down is just a miracle! Marcus is always happy and enjoying life! The rest of us could learn a lot about life from him!

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Everyday Hero: Dianna

My hero is my mom, I picked my mom because, she's funny, patient, loving, caring, great mom, pretty, good sense of humor, very smart, fun, wealthy, good influence, successful, very hard working, not selfish, protective, just got to love her!

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Everyday Hero: Hong

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Hong Liu, known to most as "Master Hong" has been a Grandmaster of Qi Gong (the highest attainable level of training) for the last 35 years. While he first began his healing studies in Western medicine in Shanghai, China, Master Hong discovered that there was so much more to healing than what he had learned in school. Therefore he trained…

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Everyday Hero: Wafa

Wafa, is my mother, not only my mother but also my best friend. I have done things in life, that may not have been the best decisions ever made but she has always been my shadow and never turned her back on me. Not only that, but she's a single mother who worked two jobs everyday so my younger brother…

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Everyday Hero: Kaitlyn

My hero is not someone famous or someone who has made a huge impact on the world. My hero is just a regular person. She won my admiration with hard work and determination. Everyday after Kaitlyn came home from school she would do her homework and study until she couldn't possibly stuff anymore information into her brain. She did this…

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Everyday Hero: Thomas

My son is without a doubt my hero. He had a rough start as a child, having seizures, poor eyesight and later tics. But he has grown into an inspirational young man. He is in his fourth year of nursing and currently working with brain injured people. He decided to become a nurse when his elderly grandfather came to live…

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Everyday Hero: Hamlet

My little brother is my hero. He was a wild teenager. Everybody expected him to end up in trouble. When his girlfriend got pregnant, he didn't run away, he moved his girlfriend to an apartment and got two jobs to support her and her son from a previous relationship. I saw him put a crib together and wait for the…

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Everyday Hero: Frederick

Frederick is my father. At age 16 he lied about his age to join the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was the engineer on the PBM amphibian plane. After the war he came home and he did what he could to get a job. With a standard of honesty and hard work my father worked until he…

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Everyday Hero: Edward

My hero is my dad because he is a hard working man he doesn’t let anything get him down. He is strong and strong hearted. He is very nice and funny, also very respectful. He has a lot of patients with me because I am a pain in the butt, but he knows how to deal with me in the…

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Everyday Hero: Ashley

This dedication is in reference to your pass it on campaign. Each time I read your billboards I am inspired. I however am so inspired by a young woman I go to school with. This young woman, Ashley attends the same university as I do. She however attends this university by paying for it herself. When I see the hard…

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Everyday Hero: Erin

Erin is the reigning 'Outstanding Teen Madison County,' and she is truly outstanding. Erin's platform issue is 'Raising Teen Awareness Against Girls Bullying Girls.' It is her goal to educate teens and parents of the horrors of girl bullies. She has a forum where girls and parents can discuss their issues and she is starting a support group. She always…

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Everyday Hero: Troy

Troy Polomalu is the strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has shown hard work and determination throughout his whole career. Troy Polomalu is very good at his job. Troy Polomalu has achieved many great accomplishments. He has been to the Pro Bowl numerous times. He has sacked a lot of quarter-backs. He is very good at tackling other players.…

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Everyday Hero: Mina

My hero - it is my grandma. She got married to my grandpa and came to Dhanbad in Bihar. Starting a life on her own as a primary Bengali School teacher in Carmel Convent. She did her job excellently with full loyalty and commitment never missing a single day in school despite she had an ailing son at home. She…

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Everyday Hero: Glenn

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I think my dad is my hero, because he is really nice even if he has had a really bad day I love my dad.

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Everyday Hero: Gary

My hero is my dad, Gary. He is my hero for many reasons. My dad was brought up in a very poor family. He had to walk to school everyday, even though he lived miles out of town. He also shared a room with his two brothers. My dad and his two brothers had a triple bunk, in a room…

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Everyday Hero: Chloe

My daughter, Chloe, is a beautiful little 6 year old with Down Syndrome. I am amazed EVERYDAY when I look at her. She has defied all stereotypes and diagnoses that we have ever assumed with her Syndrome. Her hard work, determination, commitment, ambition, and so many other adjectives that I could use to describe her, have helped me help her…

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Everyday Hero: Dan

My dad is buried in Riverside Arlington National Memorial Cemetery for his service in Vietnam. He died 40 years after exposure to Agent Orange and had parasupranuclearpalsy from it. In fact he was one of the first cases. In the months before he passed he said to me, "good girl, you're a good girl." He chose to go off antibiotics…

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i think smart work is more important than hard work
trishita 17 days ago from hyderabad

The dignity in any job consists in doing it right.
Dennis Dinzeo about 1 month ago from Las Vegas NV

hardwork place to peasful life and strong determination in future
shivprasad rajput 3 months ago from dondaicha

Work hard at present Enjoy in future
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work hard play hard follow me
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