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The Best Quotes About Effort

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A list of the best effort quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous effort quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic effort quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational effort quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about effort?" and "What are inspirational effort quotes?"

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    Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

    José Ortega y Gasset
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    Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.

    Denis Waitley
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    It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.

    Arnold Bennett
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    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
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    The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.

    Denis Waitley
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    In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.

    John F. Kennedy
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    The one thing that matters is the effort.

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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    There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.

    Theodore Roosevelt
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    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. -- Ecclesiastes 9:11

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    The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one's own efforts.

    Albert Einstein
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    If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

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    When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

    Helen Keller
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    I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

    W. Somerset Maugham
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    What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

    Samuel Johnson
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    Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

    Napoleon Hill
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    Nothing can come of nothing.

    William Shakespeare
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    The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the easy life of the gods would be a lifeless life.

    Hannah Arendt
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    The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.

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    Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

    John F. Kennedy
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    If you have enough push, you don't have to worry about the pull.

    Zig Ziglar
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    You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left.

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    Inscribe all human effort with one word, artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!

    Robert Browning
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    The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task.

    Gautama Buddha
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    There's no taking trout with dry breeches.

    Miguel de Cervantes
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    The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well. The truth is, many things are worth doing only in the most slovenly, halfhearted fashion possible, and many other things are not worth doing at all.

    Barbara Ehrenreich