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All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do.
~Author Unknown
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.
~Author Unknown
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.
~Edward H. Harriman
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
~J.G. Holland
The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert
I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
~Thomas Jefferson
Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
~Larry Bird
The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.
~Author Unknown
Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.
~Author Unknown
No one understands that you have given everything. You must give more.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
~Thomas Edison
Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm.
~Sidney J. Phillips
The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.
~Garth Henrichs
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.
~Friedrich Nietzsche
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
~Attributed to both Vidal Sassoon and Donald Kendall
Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
~Ann Landers
When 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
Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
~Swami Sivananda
Now I know, a refuge never grows
from a chin in the hand and a thoughtful pose
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

~Indigo Girls
There's nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway.
~Mark Burnett
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
Though the barriers of life seem formidable, we find when we challenge them that they have no will.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
One saves oneself much pain, by taking pains; much trouble, by taking trouble.
~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
~Author Unknown
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
~Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
~Abraham Lincoln
The footprint of the owner is the best manure.
~English Proverb
Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there.
~Author Unknown
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
~Will Rogers
Most of us can easily do two things at once; what's all but impossible is to do one thing at once.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.
~Sarah Brown
Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.
~Heywood Hale Broun
If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed 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 streetsweeper who did his job well.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gift, like genius, I often think only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.
~Jane Ellice Hopkins
If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
~Emile Zola
We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
~José Ortega y Gassett
People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do.
~Author Unknown
Most people, upon reaching the top, look down and enjoy the view. The smart money is on looking up and finding new mountains to climb.
~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com
My morning choices are having a good tussle. Procrastination was winning, but Make Your Bed & Good Breakfast just kicked his butt.
~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com
Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
~Benjamin Franklin
Man stands for long time with mouth open before roast duck flies in.
~Chinese Saying
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
~T.S. Eliot
There are no easy methods of learning difficult things; the method is to close your door, give out that you are not at home, and work.
~Joseph de Maistre
Yes, to be a good parent, you have to sacrifice, but this is not a requirement of parenting, it is a requirement of being good at something.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.
~Ulysses S. Grant
He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.
~Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961
Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets.
~American Proverb
God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use. Head you win, tail you lose.
~Author Unknown
Doors don't slam open.
~John M. Shanahan, The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less)
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
~Gloria Pitzer
Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.
~Sophia Loren
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
~Chinese Proverb
We lack resolve and blame fate, mistaking the drift for the tides.
~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.
He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.
~Dutch Proverb
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
~Confucius, Analects