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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”— Colin Powell. Here are 48 Motivational Hard Work Quotes.

Hard Work Quotes

1. “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.”– Malcolm Gladwell

2. “Every beautiful mind has great dreams, but rarely is anyone ever ready to work hard for their dreams.”– Terry Mark

3. “Face your problems head-on. Do what you have to do to take care of it. Develop a good work ethic.”– George Chuvalo

4. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”– Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

5. “Choices and decisions must be supported by your passion, resolve, and a productive work ethic. If these meet opportunity – your success has finally come.”– Archibald Marwizi

6. “There are people who try to look as if they are doing a good and thorough job, and then there are the people who actually damn well do it, for its own sake.”– John D. MacDonald

7. “A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have, in fact, used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard work is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.”– Criss Jami

8. “A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.”– Frederick Douglass

9. “Every time you stay out late; every time you sleep in; every time you miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100% – You make it that much easier for me to beat you.”– Unknown

10. “No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American.”– Anthony Bourdain

11. “Enjoy life, study hard, play hard, be kind to other people, set high standards, and don't be afraid to say ‘No.‘”– Nia Long

12. “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” – Calvin Coolidge

Hard Work Quotes

13. “I'm a firm believer in if you work hard, you should play hard. So, I try to keep my life as balanced as possible to keep my sanity.”– Alicia Sacramone

14. “Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there.” – Unknown

15. “When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.”– Theodore Roosevelt

16. The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. — Thomas Edison

17. “The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.”– Alex Spanos

18. “Don’t give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Life rewards those who work hard at it.” – Unknown

19. “If you work hard enough and assert yourself and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”– Malcolm Gladwell

20. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

22. “I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.”– Theodore Roosevelt

23. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”– Thomas Jefferson

24. “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

Hard Work Quotes

25. “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

26. “Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.” – Steve Jobs

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

28. Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

29. “Without labor, nothing prospers.”– Sophocles

30. “Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you're a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.”– Tyler Perry

31. “It's not about money or connections – it's the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.”– Mark Cuban

32. “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”– Marvin Phillips

33. “Make each day your masterpiece.”– John Wooden

34. “Leadership is more than just being able to cross the t's and dot the i's. It's about character and integrity and work ethic.”– Steve Largent

35. “I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the lover of it. I live it.”– Maya Angelou

36. “Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands.”– Japanese Proverb

Hard Work Quotes

37. “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

38. “There is simply no substitute for hard work when it comes to achieving success.”– Heather Bresch

39. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”— Paulo Coelho

40. “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive, and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream.”— Tommy Hilfiger

41. “Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning.”— Charles de Lint

42. “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.”– Sheryl Sandberg

43. “Don't work for recognition but do work worthy of recognition.”– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

44. “I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”— Jim Carrey

45. “We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”– Arianna Huffington

46. “If your teacher, coach, or mentor believes you can do something, you’re more likely to do it.” -Gwen Moran

47. “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” -Zig Ziglar

48. “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” -Elon Musk


Best Hard Work Quotes

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“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
2.
"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” -Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
3.
“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” -Michael Phelps

Ian Warner

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I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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