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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.

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich (1941)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

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

Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Profession: German-born American Physicist

Much effort, much prosperity.

Author: Euripides

Profession: Greek Tragic Poet

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different- to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.

Author: John Fischer


Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.

Author: James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

Profession: Twentieth President of the USA

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

Author: Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)

Profession: Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

Racing takes everything you've got -- intellectually, emotionally, physically -- and then you have to find about ten percent more and use that too.

Author: Janet Guthrie

Profession: American Race Car Driver

If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.

Author: Georges Guynemer


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

Author: Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

Profession: American Speaker, Motivational Writer, ''Think and Grow Rich''

God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.

Author: P. D. James (1920)

Profession: British Mystery Writer

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.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

People travel in the way of least resistance, by choosing one's environment, one will travel in a particular way.

Author: H. Janicki


Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.

Author: Bruce Jenner (1949)

Profession: American Olympian, Actor, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Sports Commentator

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win -- if you don't you won t.

Author: Bruce Jenner (1949)

Profession: American Olympian, Actor, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Sports Commentator

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

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author