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Thomas EdisonGenius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

George SantayanaFanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Pierre de CoubertinThe most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

Pierre de CoubertinThe important thing in Life is not triumph, but the struggle; the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

—  Pierre de Coubertin, 1863-1937, French, father of the Olympic Games

HoraceLife grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Thomas JeffersonI find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

—  Thomas Jefferson, 1749-1826, American President [1801-1809]

Theodore RooseveltIt is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Winston ChurchillContinuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Wolfgang GoetheEverything is hard before it is easy.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Sylvia PlathI love my rejection slips. They show me I try.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Don't judge those who try and fail. Judge only those who fail to try.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Paul ValeryAlways, start again.

Toujours recommancer.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Jim RohnFor every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Bob MarleyBeginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Calvin CoolidgeAll growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

Zig ZiglarThere are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Zig ZiglarWhen you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Vince LombardiDictionary 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.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiLeaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiThe harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Lou HoltzNo one has ever drowned in sweat.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Eugene O’NeillAny fool knows that to work hard at something you want to accomplish is the only way to be happy.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

George Bernard ShawWhen I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Samuel JohnsonExcellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Quotes in Verse

Constantine KavafyOur efforts are those of men prone to disaster;
our efforts are like those of the Trojans.

—  Constantine Kavafy, 1868-1933, Greek poet ‐ Trojans

Robert FrostBut I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek phraseGood things are difficult.

Χαλεπά τα καλά.

—  Ancient Greek phrase



American proverbNo pain, no gain.

—  American proverb

Chinese proverbRaise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.

—  Chinese proverb


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