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Effort Quotes

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

Author: Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Profession: American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist

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

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

But the effort, the effort! And as the marrow is eaten out of a man's bones and the soul out of his belly, contending with the strange rapacity of savage life, the lower stage of creation, he cannot make the effort any more.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there -- or failing to get there.

Author: Max Lerner (1902)

Profession: American Author, Columnist

It is not the truth that a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forward to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man. For it is not by the possession, but the search after truth that he enlarges his power, wherein alone consists his ever-increasing perfection.

Author: Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781)

Profession: German Dramatist, Critic

The smallest effort is not lost. Each wavelet on the ocean tost aids in the ebb-tide or the flow; each rain-drop makes some floweret blow; each struggle lessens human woe.

Author: Charles Mackay (1814-1889)

Profession: Scottish Poet, Song Writer

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.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself.

Author: Frank Mcgee


Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.

Author: David O. Mckay


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.

Author: Mignon McLaughlin (1915)

Profession: American Author, Editor

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.

Author: William Of Occam


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

Author: Arnold Palmer (1929)

Profession: American Golfer

The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.

Author: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Profession: French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

If a man has done his best, what else is there?

Author: George S. Patton (1885-1945)

Profession: American Army General during World War II