155 Hard Work Quotes

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Here are 155 of the best hard work quotes I could find. The goal? Simply to motivate you and help you achieve more today. Enjoy!

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Without labor nothing prospers. Sophocles Click to tweet

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The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will. Nike Click to tweet

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The world belongs to the energetic. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

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Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone. Joan Didion Click to tweet

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Take up one idea, make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda Click to tweet


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It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. Mark Cuban Click to tweet

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Hard work betrays none. Hachiman Hikigaya Click to tweet

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There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. Coco Chanel Click to tweet

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What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy. Unknown Click to tweet

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Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy. Barack Obama Click to tweet


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Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far. Gary Vaynerchuk Click to tweet

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Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and effort, and we control both. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) Click to tweet

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The wiser you get, the less you take yourself seriously, the more work looks like play. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life. Alain de Botton Click to tweet

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Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. Conan O’Brien Click to tweet

Related quotes and topics: hope, positive, money


A few thoughts on hard work…

When I was young, I thought success was solely attributed to talent.

Then, I discovered that by working hard I could in fact become “talented.”

I was observing the bests of the bests and they were all obsessed with one thing: working harder than yesterday.

I then decided to follow their paths and always give 100% to what I was doing.

However, as I was growing up, I discovered another important thing.

What was it?

It’s the fact that what you work on is way more important than how hard you work.

Indeed, you can be the hardest working person in a room, but if you work on something useless you’re wasting your time.

Thus, I use today what we call the Pareto principle. It states that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts.

In other words, I try to focus almost exclusively on the tasks that will have the greatest impact and I avoid most others.

Since we all have too many things to do, it’s a great way to simplify your life and work more efficiently.

In sum,

working hard and smart is way more fun, isn’t it?

The Best Hard Work Quotes

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Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it. Buddha Click to tweet

Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

What you don’t sweat out when you’re young will turn into tears when you’re old. Japanese proverb

Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands. Japanese proverb

Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen. Blair Waldorf

Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. David Ogilvy

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell Click to tweet

Talent means nothing. 50% of my success comes from luck. 50% comes from never giving up. Maxime Lagacé

To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do. Manoj Arora

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No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. Elon Musk Click to tweet


The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. Barack Obama

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. Steve Pavlina

This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. Alan Watts

Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Helen Hanson

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Muhammad Ali

A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint. Sarah Price

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It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. Vince Lombardi Click to tweet

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hard work never killed a man. Scottish proverb Click to tweet

All good work requires self-revelation. Sidney Lumet

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. Tommy Lasorda

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. Arnold Palmer

Part 2. Hard Work Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Hard Work Quotes

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Searching for a famous hard work quote? Check out those ones by Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, etc.
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I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson Click to tweet

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

No one ever drowned in sweat. U.S. Marine Corps

One must work and dare if one really wants to live. Vincent van Gogh

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Mark Twain

You just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. Elon Musk (Tesla)

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life — and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

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Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Stephen King

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. Steve Jobs (Apple)

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When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played. Dr. Seuss

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. Abraham Lincoln

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things, you’re excited to get up in the morning. Larry Page (Google)

If you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like or who you love. Barack Obama

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It’s only a crazy dream until you do it. Serena Williams Click to tweet

I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. Will Smith

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

There is no substitute for hard work. Thomas Edison Click to tweet

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas Edison

Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. Thomas Edison

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm? Marcus Aurelius

I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work. Jerry Rice (Football superstar)

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I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out. Theodore Roosevelt Click to tweet

There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Conor McGregor (MMA Champion)

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

If you have faith when you pray, you will be given whatever you ask for. Matthew 21:22, The Bible

It’s hard work making movies. It’s like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it’s emotional, tense work. If you don’t really love it, then it ain’t worth it. George Lucas (Star Wars)

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

I’m a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it’s frivolous or superficial, but it’s not that way at all. It’s actually very hard work. Donatella Versace

To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession. Walt Disney

Short Hard Work Quotes

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One-liners, short hard work quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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No struggle, no progress, no success. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Go and get your things. Dreams mean work. Paulo Coelho

God sells us all things at the price of labor. Leonardo da Vinci

Work without love is slavery. Mother Teresa

Work harder than you think you did yesterday. Alex Elle

Hard work does pay off. Michael Phelps

Hard work teaches us that it takes more than hard work. Jack Butcher

Nothing can beat hard work. Conor McGregor

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Never slow down for the world, one day it will catch-up with you. Nike Click to tweet

Earned. Not given. Nike

Hard work buys experience, smart work buys time. Jack Butcher

Work hard in silence; let success make the noise. Frank Ocean Click to tweet

Light tomorrow with today. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I sweat in tears to get what I want. Lailah Akita

Sore today, strong tomorrow. Unknown

Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have. Unknown

It hurts now but one day it will be your warm up. Unknown

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Work incessantly, but be not attached to it. Swami Vivekananda Click to tweet

Look in the mirror – that’s your competition. Unknown

Luck is great, but most of life is hard work. Iain Duncan Smith

You can outwork 95% of people by just showing up every day. Jack Butcher (twitter.com)

If you can’t outplay them, outwork them. Ben Hogan

Start with a cry, end with a smile. Michael Bassey Johnson

The first one gets the oyster the second gets the shell. Andrew Carnegie

Work hard now, suffer and keep it up. Rewards are at the edge. Maxime Lagacé

Inspirational Hard Work Quotes

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The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand Click to tweet

Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso

The cynics may be the loudest voices – but I promise you, they will accomplish the least. Barack Obama

Amateurs have hard work and speed. Professionals have hard work, speed and direction. Maxime Lagacé

Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off. Sam Altman

A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent. Guy Kawasaki

Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. William A. Ward

In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. Robert Greene

Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day. George Allen Sr

When you find the right thing to do, and people to work with, invest deeply into that, and stick with it for decades. Naval Ravikant

Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom. Aniekee Ezekiel

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Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. Seneca Click to tweet

It does not matter where you are standing right now. Sanchita Pandey

I don’t like work – no man does – but I like what is in the work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself not for others – what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means. Joseph Conrad

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. Lou Holtz

You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. Alan Alda

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Peter F. Drucker

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. Roger Bannister (Ran the first sub-4-minute mile)

Baby steps are better than no steps at all. Keep going. You’ll get there. Unknown (Related topic: Monday motivation)

You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday. Unknown

When you feel like stopping think about why you started. Unknown

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed. Mark Warner

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Have a healthy disregard for the impossible and actually build new solutions. Larry Page Click to tweet

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. Margaret Thatcher

To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate. Michael Jordan

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. Henri-Frederic Amiel

Going all-in on something will make you feel alive and ultimately, satisfied. Maxime Lagacé

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off. Kevin Hart

Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it. Madeleine L’Engle Click to tweet

Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have. Ed Bradley

Doing anything big and bold in life is hard work, and learning to persist (try, fail, learn, try again, etc.) is fundamental to any entrepreneur’s success. Peter Diamandis

It seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a really great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity and be ambitious about it. Larry Page

See also: 3 Motivational Stories That Prove Hard Work Pays Off (tinypulse.com)

Wise Hard Work Sayings

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Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Kevin Durant Click to tweet

The obstacle is the way. Ryan Holiday

The more I want to get something done the less I call it work. Richard Bach

Work hard to get paid for your mind, not your time. Vala Afshar (twitter.com)

Hard work is an essential element in tracking down and perfecting a strategy or in executing it. Charlie Munger

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. Caterina Fake

Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work. Naval Ravikant (nav.al) Click to tweet

The better your feedback loop, the better your work. Businesses have the market. Novels have the readers. Science has experiments. It’s when the feedback loop is a small group of bosses or peers that quality falls apart. Naval Ravikant

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. Leo Tolstoy

Amateurs are busy and tense. Professionals are calm and focused. Maxime Lagacé

To learn you must be willing to change. To change you must be willing to suffer. To suffer you must be willing to work. Maxime Lagacé

The problems you work on and who you work with are as important as how hard you work. Shane Parrish

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Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly. Plutarch Click to tweet

There’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there. Joyce Chapman

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor. Victor Hugo

Part 1. He does nothing with haste and drudgery, but as if he loved it. He makes the most of his labor, and takes infinite satisfaction in every part of it. Henry David Thoreau

Part 2. He is not looking forward to the sale of his crops or any pecuniary profit, but he is paid by the constant satisfaction which his labor yields him. Henry David Thoreau

Our best work is the work we find ourselves doing, when there is no obligation to do so. Naval Ravikant (twitter.com)

Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. David Bly

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get. Frederick Douglass

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Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way. Mary E. Pearson Click to tweet

Work and you’ll get what you need; work harder and you’ll get what you want. Prabakaran Thirumalai

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. Lao Tzu

See also: 6 Lessons from Jack Dorsey On Hard Work and Startups (letsreachsuccess.com)

Never let your work drive you. Master it and keep it in complete control. Booker T. Washington

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Unknown

Blood, sweat and respect. The first two you give, the last one you get. Unknown

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich

Part 1. So you were born to feel “nice”? Instead of doing things and experiencing them? Marcus Aurelius

Part 2. Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the world in order, as best they can? Marcus Aurelius

Part 3. And you’re not willing to do your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do what your nature demands? Marcus Aurelius

If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labor passes quickly, but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures. Gaius Musonius Rufus

I woult rather die of passion than of boredom. Émile Zola Click to tweet

What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb

Want more wise words? Check out Words of Wisdom From The Best Minds (Ever)

Part 3. Conclusion

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We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama Click to tweet

Call to action: Read 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Hard When You’re Really Not in the Mood (themuse.com) or Motivational Quotes That Will Make You Thrive (Fast)

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

July 5, 2018

Last Update

January 4, 2022

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