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25 Quotes on Hard Work

Sometimes, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the things that we have to do. Not only must we work forty hours a day to support ourselves and our families, but sometimes the balancing act of juggling day jobs, family time, and “me” time can feel like work itself. Hard work is exhausting. But the payoffs—even if we can’t always see them at any particular moment—are worth it.

For times when our workloads seem insurmountable and the rewards seems far off, here are 25 quotes to keep you motivated:

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“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

“Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.” – Marlon Wayans

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” – Thomas Edison

“A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. ” – Mildred W. Struven

“Stumbling is not falling.” – Malcolm X

“Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want.” – Aaliyah

“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

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vincent (Vince) Lombardi

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” – Pope Paul VI

“Persistence and passion will make you invincible.” – Christian Baloga

“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” – Helen Keller

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

“Everything yields to diligence.” – Thomas Jefferson

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson

“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 Fitzgerald

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

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

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

“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. Accordingly, a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.” – Thomas Edison

“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

“If there is no wind, row.” – Latin proverb

“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'” – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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