30 Inspirational Quotes About Hard Work

Here are some inspirational quotes about hard work. When it comes to success, working hard is unavoidable. Many look at successful people and think it was luck and talent that got them there. In some cases, maybe, but the majority of the time, their success came down to working hard on the right things. Perhaps believing that luck was involved may help some folks feel like less of a failure but the reality is that without hard work, you won’t go very far in life.

When having to decide on working hard or working smart, always choose both. You could be working smart and get good results but you would get even better results if you also worked hard. The feeling you get when you accomplish something after putting a ton of work into it is one that money can’t buy. It will build your character and make success taste far sweeter than if success had just landed on your lap. Enjoy these hard work quotes.

“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 Jr.

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”

Ann Landers

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”


“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Babe Ruth

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

Thomas Jefferson

“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

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.”

George Bernard Shaw

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”

Thomas A. Edison

“Nobody can think straight who does not work. Idleness warps the mind.”

Henry Ford

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

Abraham Lincoln

“If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there’s no way around doing the work it takes to get you there.”

Joyce Chapman

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”

Jim Rohn

“Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”

William James

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.”

Pearl S. Buck

“Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way.”

Mary E. Pearson

“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

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.”

Robert Half

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

Thomas Edison

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

Emile Zola

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but improves its chances.”

B. J. Gupta

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

Larry Bird

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better.”

Paul Coffey

“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.”

William James

“If you can’t excel with talent, triumph with effort.”

Stephen G. Weinbaum

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

John R. Wooden

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

Calvin Coolidge

“All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.”


“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

Margaret Thatcher

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