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Effort Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Effort.

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Related topics: Inspirational Spiritual Nature

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

I know, to banish anger altogether
from one's breast is a difficult task.
It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort.
It can be done only by God's grace.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

 

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

We all have an instinctive fear of the unseen.
Make a conscious effort to discover
and embrace the unfamiliar -
to view the unknown not as a lurking monster,
but as a glorious adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

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Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence -
is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Winston Churchill

Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry
than it brings you hours of enjoyment
is a candidate for downsizing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort.
Full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little more persistence,
a little more effort, and
what seemed hopeless failure
may turn to glorious success.
- Elbert Hubbard

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

The best effort of a fine person
is felt after we have left their presence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment,
full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid
for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.
- Bruce Lee

The effort to understand the universe is one
of the very few things that lifts human life
a little above the level of farce,
and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
- Steven Weinberg

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

We've put more effort into helping folks reach old
age than into helping them enjoy it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Living never wore one out
so much as the effort not to live.
- Anais Nin

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind;
it requires the same effort of the brain
that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
- Helen Keller

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge,
education, hard work and effort.
It teaches us about enjoying ourselves,
having fun, keeping fit and healthy.
- Kamisese Mara

Believe that none of the effort you put
into coming closer to God is ever wasted -
even if in the end you don't achieve
what you are striving for.
- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

What is human warfare but just this;
an effort to make the laws of God and
nature take sides with one party.
- Henry David Thoreau

One of the first items of Congressional business in
2006 will be an effort to renew the USA Patriot Act.
- Roger Wicker

If we cannot by reason, by influence,
by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice,
mend the bad places of civilization,
we certainly cannot do it by force.
- Auberon Herbert

Delaware's firefighters put their lives in jeopardy
every day in an effort to keep families safe.
- Thomas Carper

A massive state and federal effort, the likes of which
we've never seen is going to be needed.
We can do it for tsunami victims half a world away.
We can do it for our own citizens.
- Al Roker

Last year, I co-sponsored the Highlands Conservation
Act and in a bipartisan effort we passed the bill through Congress.
- Sue Kelly

Law without education is a dead letter.
With education the needed law follows without effort and,
of course, with power to execute itself;
indeed,
it seems to execute itself.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has
been given to us without any thought or effort on our part.
It just comes!
That is the miracle of it.
- William Griffith Wilson

Instead of sitting on the sidelines,
President Obama has made it clear that the US is ready
to lead a global effort to combat climate change.
- Valerie Jarrett

My experience as a school nurse taught me that we need
to make a concerted effort,
all of us, to increase physical fitness activity among
our children and to encourage all Americans to adopt
a healthier diet that includes fruits and vegetables,
but there is more.
- Lois Capps

Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.
- Pat Riley

He was a silly guy.
Out - do the other guy.
That was his effort at all times.
- Cab Calloway

I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station,
who did not do better work and put forth greater effort
under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.
- Charles Schwab

The history of all countries shows that the working
class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop
only trade-union consciousness.
- Vladimir Lenin

Individual effort is almost relatively impossible to
cope with the big problem of poverty as we see it.
- John Burns

Leaders are made, they are not born.
They are made by hard effort, which is the price which
all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
- Vince Lombardi

Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
- William James

When I first concluded to print the book,
I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.
- John Sergeant Wise

In life every effort is marked down at the end as a win or a loss.
- Edward Bennett Williams

The only method by which people can be supported is
out of the effort of those who are earning their own way.
We must not create a deterrent to hard work.
- Robert A. Taft

Apply yourself both now and in the next life.
Without effort, you cannot be prosperous.
Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant
crop without cultivation.
- Plato

The fatigue produced on the muscles of the human frame
does not altogether depend on the actual force employed in each effort,
but partly on the frequency with which it is exerted.
- Charles Babbage

This war in Iraq is part of a larger effort to remove
this terrorist threat from the planet.
- Paul Cellucci

Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.
It is not the effort nor the failure tires.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.
- William Empson

The best that an individual can do is to concentrate
on what he or she can do,
in the course of a burning effort to do it better.
- Elizabeth Bowen

It is my aim, and every effort bent,
that the sum and history of my life,
which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too,
shall be them both: He made the books and he died.
- William Faulkner

Great art is never produced for its own sake.
It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
- Robert Quillen

None of the things I have done would have been accomplished
without a true team effort.
- Nick Lampson

My earlier award was also based on a close collaborative effort.
- John Bardeen

A garden requires patient labor and attention.
Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions.
They thrive because someone expended effort on them.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself,
get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was
a one hundred percent effort that you gave -
win or lose.
- Gordie Howe

When we are honest - that's my saying -
if we are honest then we will reveal ourselves.
But we do not have to make an effort to be individualistic,
different from others.
- Josef Albers

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.
The extra energy required to make another effort or
try another approach is the secret of winning.
- Denis Waitley

I've never made any effort to hide what happened.
I served my time, I've tried to learn and move on.
- Victor Salva

It seems to me we are losing our way in an effort to get the ratings.
- Matt Drudge

An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success
when it is made in place of your best effort or when
it is used as the object of the blame.
- Bo Bennett


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