105+ Hard Work Quotes

These hard work quotes reflect the sentiments of many a successful person who believes that to get ahead in this world, some elbow grease is required.

Hard work can compensate for too few resources, a lack of education, and not being born into a life of luxury. And one of the great things about working hard, nearly anyone can do it.

So, with that thought in mind, let’s see what other notables have written on the topic of hard work.

Best Hard Work quotes

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

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

3.) Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

4.) There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.
Cesar Chavez

5.) No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.
Elon Musk

6.) 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.
Ariana Huffington

7.) The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will.
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8.) Do not whine. Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.
Joan Didion

9.) The harder you work for something, the higher you’ll feel when you achieve it.

10.) Without hard work and discipline, it is challenging to be a top professional.
Jahangir Khan

11.) Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.
G.K. Nielson

12.) Dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people.

13.) You can’t fool the grind; it knows how much you have invested, and it won’t give you anything you haven’t worked for.

14.) 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

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15.) 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 thought alone. This is the way to success.
Swami Vivekananda

16.) The question isn’t who is going to let me. It’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

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

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18.) 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 find will be yourself.
Alan Alda

19.) Baby steps are better than no steps at all. Keep going. You’ll get there.

20.) Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.
Thomas Carlyle

21.) If you don’t have big dreams and goals, you’ll end up working hard for someone who does.

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22.) Work hard and become a leader, be lazy, and become a slave.

23.) Never expect anyone to give you what you want. Work hard, show some dedication, and get it yourself.

24.) There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

25.) Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time. Still, the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
Calvin Coolidge

26.) The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Roger Bannister

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27.) Most of the essential things in the world have been accomplished by people who had kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale Carnegie

28.) If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.
Elon Musk

29.) Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston S. Churchill

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

31.) The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.
Helen Keller

32.) To be a star, you must shine your light, follow your path, and don’t worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest.
Napoleon Hill

33.) You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort, and money into training.
Tom Hopkins

34.) All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
Calvin Coolidge

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35.) Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.
Tim Fargo

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

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37.) Do not wish it was easier. Wish you were better.
Jim Rohn

38.) The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

39.) Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

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40.) It doesn’t matter how high your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.
Martina Boone

41.) Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not like.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

42.) 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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43.) If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he were any smarter.
John Gotti

44.) Doing nothing is very hard to do; you never know when you’re finished.
Leslie Nielsen

45.) I will always choose a lazy person to do a hard job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
Bill Gates

46.) Sometimes the best part of my job is that my chair swivels.

47.) I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
Charles Lamb

48.) Be like a duck, paddling, and working hard in the water, but what everyone sees is a smiling, calm face.
Manoj Arora

49.) The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
Robert Frost

50.) Success is dependent upon the glands – sweat glands.
Zig Ziglar

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51.) The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you’re finished.
Benjamin Franklin

52.) I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.
Theodore Roosevelt

53.) Working hard or hardly working?
Any manager anywhere.

54.) Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
Edgar Bergen

55.) Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.
Drew Carey

56.) You’re probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm.
Larry Page

57.) A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.
Fats Domino

58.) Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.
Orson Scott

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Hard work pays off sayings

59.) Hard work always pays off, whatever you do.
Dustin Lynch

60.) Today’s tears water tomorrow’s gardens.
Matshona Dhliwayo

61.) If a man chooses a certain Way and seems to have no particular talent for this way, he can still become a master if he so wants. By keeping in a specific form of study, a man can attain perfection either in this life or the next.
Miyamoto Musashi

62.) There is no shortcut for hard work that leads to effectiveness. You must stay disciplined because most of the work is behind the scenes.
Germany Kent

63.) Have a goal. Work towards it. Because there is not a thing more fulfilling than reaping the fruits of your labor.”
Amanda Shivrattan

64.) When you want to be successful as bad as you breathe, then you’ll be successful.
Eric Thomas

65.) The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.
Vince Lombardi

66.) I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
Frank Lloyd

67.) Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
Vaclav Havel

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68.) I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker Washington

69.) Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham

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

71.) Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.
Muhammad Ali

Hard Working Man Quotes

72.) It is the working man who is the happy man, and it is the idle man who is the miserable man.
Benjamin Franklin

73.) We fall, we break, we fail. But then, we rise, we heal, we overcome.

74.) I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true–hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
Ray Bradbury

75.) TV’s hard work. I don’t know how the hell Angela Lansbury survived ‘Murder, She Wrote’ all those years.
Christopher Meloni

76.) I would rather have one article a day of this sort, and these ten or twenty lines might readily represent a whole day’s hard work in the way of concentrated, intense thinking and revision, polish of style, weighing of words.
Joseph Pulitzer

77.) 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

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78.) Good things happen to those who hustle.
Anais Nin

79.) In the end, hard work and persistence are what make fortunes.
Andy Atticus

80.) There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.
Cesar Chavez

81.) Progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not still a smooth path.
Barack Obama

82.) Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the most significant thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it.
Steve Maraboli

83.) Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
Jerry Rice

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84.) I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon.

85.) It’s not wrong to be passionate about your career. When you love what you do, you bring that stimulation back to your family.
Allison Pearson

86.) Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.
Serena Williams

87.) Something is empowering about going, “Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!” That’s the beautiful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just do.
Kate Winslet

88.) A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.
Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

89.) Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermont

90.) Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

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91.) Don’t give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Life rewards those who work hard at it.

92.) The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity In Every Difficulty.
Winston Churchill

93.) Fortune sides with him who dares.

94.) You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
Maya Angelou

95.) Do what you love, and the money will follow.
Marsha Sinetar

96.) Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.
Henry Ford

97.) You learn more from failure than from success. don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.

98.) Hard work makes you feel good because you have accomplished something.
Alcurtis Tumer

99.) The thickest sweats produce the sweetest life.
Isrealmore Ayivor

100.) Hard work is what separates the winners from the losers.

101.) Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
Dwayne Johnson

102.) 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

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103.) Make each day your masterpiece.
John Wooden

104.) Your limitation—it’s only your imagination.
Mohsin Khan

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

106.) Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.
Beyonce Knowles

107.) Do not worry about how things are going to work out; just believe that they will.

108.) Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

109.) Nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.
Elon Musk

Bonus Hard Work Quotes

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

Keep your face always toward the sunshine―and shadows will fall behind you.”
Walt Whitman

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
Henry Ford


My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Michael Jordan

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.

Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion, you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.
Henry L. Doherty

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Tim Notke

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
Stephen King

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
Steve Jobs

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

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé)

Short Hard Work Quotes

Failure is not the opposite of success: it’s part of success.
Arianna Huffington

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but a good amount of it actually is.

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Work hard and be kind and amazing things will happen.
Conan O’Brie

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Stephen Coveyn

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

I didn’t get there by wishing for it, but by working for it.
Estée Lauder

Great Hard Work Quotes

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from work.
Louis C. K.

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

How to use our hard work quotes

You can use these hard-work quotes in a variety of ways. Consider starting off a difficult project with an appropriate quotation reading. Or, maybe include one of your favorite hard work quotes at the bottom of emails you send for a week — and then rotate a different quote each week.

Most great accomplishments happen as a result of hard work. So, if you’re looking to inspire a team – with young or old members – a good quote can get the job done.

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is an author and the founder of Greeting Card Poet.

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