Hard Work Quotes

I’m not a cheater, but if I win Olympic gold and people are looking at me and saying I am a cheat because I’ve won, it’s hugely disrespectful given the hard work I’ve put in.

— Adam Peaty

The dream doesn’t lie in victimization or blame it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.

— Alphonso Jackson

I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.

— Ann Romney

We all naturally want to become successful… we also want to take shortcuts. And it’s easy to do so, but you can never take away the effort of hard work and discipline and sacrifice.

— Apolo Ohno

Know that even when you want to give up or throw in the towel, in the end it will all be worth the hard work.

— Ashton Eaton

The three ordinary things that we often don’t pay enough attention to, but which I believe are the drivers of all success, are hard work, perseverance, and basic honesty.

— Azim Premji

If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Whenever you get to win, you feel the satisfaction of all of your hard work, all the sacrifices, all the blood, sweat and tears. It feels right and makes you realise that you are really doing the right thing.

— Abby Wambach

Part of the middle class promise is that, after a lifetime of hard work, you’ll be able to retire and enjoy the fruits of that labor. Medicare was established to secure that promise.

— Al Franken

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 discover will be yourself.

— Alan Alda

Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance.

— Alex Rodriguez

I like working with the public, and I like that it’s really hard work.

— Amy Sedaris

When I grew up, my father taught us the value of hard work. He wanted us to enjoy ourselves, but he also wanted to know what it took to be successful. He coached a lot of our sports teams growing up. We weren’t very good, but we learned about hard work and enjoying life and your teammates.

— Andrew Luck

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

— Ann Landers

Age has given me the gift of me it just gave me what I was always longing for, which was to get to be the woman I’ve already dreamt of being. Which is somebody who can do rest and do hard work and be a really constant companion, a constant, tender-hearted wife to myself.

— Anne Lamott

I think that if you have a knack for storytelling, and you work really hard at it, you’ll have a chance to tap into something deep. But the fact remains that good sentences are hard won. Any writer worth a lick knows constructing a sentence, a paragraph, or a chapter is hard work.

— Adam Ross

When all is said and done, science actually takes hard work and a willingness to sometimes find out that your most cherished hypothesis is wrong.

— Alice Dreger

With due apologies to Shakespeare, some people are born writers, some people achieve it after a lot of hard work, some people have a writing career thrust upon them. I am in that last group.

— Amish Tripathi

Westerners often laud their children as ‘talented’ or ‘gifted’, while Asian parents highlight the importance of hard work. And in fact, research performed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has found that the way parents offer approval affects the way children perform, even the way they feel about themselves.

— Amy Chua

You know, I think it’s so ironic that we’re calling hard work, striving for excellence, don’t blame others, you know, don’t give up, that we’re calling these, quote, ‘Chinese values,’ ’cause I always thought of them as American values.

— Amy Chua

I’ve been pretty good about keeping my nose to the grindstone. I feel like I won a lot of matches from hard work and persistence, even maybe when I had better options as far as shot-making.

— Andy Roddick

In every role that I do – whether I’m a teacher, actor or mentor – I do it with total dedication and as much honesty as I feel is required because there’s no alternative to honesty and hard work.

— Anupam Kher

My off-the-field heroes, the people who gave me the values to live by and who inspired me with their hard work and unselfish dedication to their family, were my mom, Catherine, and my dad, William.

— Allan Ray

I was a little, uh, incorrigible as a kid, so the kitchen was a good place to give me structure and balance. It taught me hard work, but then I grew to love it.

— Aaron Sanchez

It’s been a straight strip, I must tell you, I’ve enjoyed it all the way. If I’m saying things to make it sound like it’s hard, hard work, it’s not. It’s beautiful work. It’s fun work. It’s everything you’d ever want to do.

— Aaron Spelling

If Americans want to see results instead of rhetoric, if taxpayers would like solutions instead of sound bites, and hard work instead of horse trading, I suggest you take a short look, and it won’t take much longer, at the accomplishments of this Congress.

— Alcee Hastings

Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.

— Anna Pavlova

Freedom under law is hard work. If rulers cannot be trusted with arbitrary power, it is up to citizens to raise their voices at injustice.

— Anthony Lewis

It was a lot of hard work, but everyone loved my Amy Childs’ Collection, so I decided to have a boutique as well as my salon. I love designing my own dresses, and everyone is loving the collection. I can’t believe how well the boutique and the clothing online is going.

— Amy Childs

I am very hopeful that my personal success in Qatar will ignite others, especially those in the so-called non-traditional sports, to try even harder because now they can see for themselves that significant achievements can be attained. But let me stress that it takes a lot of work – in fact, very hard work – mixed with very heavy doses of patience.

— Alia Atkinson

Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.

— Ben Carson

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.

— Booker T. Washington

It’s good to keep in mind that prominence is always a mix of hard work, eloquence in your practice, good timing and fortuitous social relations. Everything can’t be personalized.

— Barbara Kruger

We, the women of the Senate, with President Obama by our side, will keep fighting – our shoulders square, our lipstick on – because you deserve equal pay for your hard work.

— Barbara Mikulski

I fully recognize we need to improve the path to citizenship, just as we need to value the hard work of folks who become American citizens legally.

— Bill Flores

But I don’t just see the movie when I see the movie, I see all the great people who worked on it and all their hard work, because they could not have worked any harder.

— Brad Bird

The American Dream is still alive out there, and hard work will get you there. You don’t necessarily need to have an Ivy League education or to have millions of dollars startup money. It can be done with an idea, hard work and determination.

— Bill Rancic

Well mostly in song writing my experience is that there isn’t so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes.

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

We discussed politics, but we also talked about the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, living within your means, keeping your word. Those lessons stay with you throughout your life.

— Bob Ehrlich

When people see a legend, they call it a legend. But to be a legend, it’s a lot of hard work and patience. You can’t play for five or ten years and be a legend. It takes longer than that.

— Burning Spear

The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard work.

— Ben Vereen

Aside from what it teaches you, there is simply the indescribable degree of peace that can be achieved on a sailing vessel at sea. I guess a combination of hard work and the seemingly infinite expanse of the sea – the profound solitude – that does it for me.

— Billy Campbell

If the Senate can’t perform its most basic responsibilities, I worry about how we’re going to make the tough decisions and do the hard work that will be necessary to get our country on a path to fiscal solvency.

— Bob Corker

After two years of hard work and debate, Congress has passed a highway bill that will help fuel our economy by creating roughly 500,000 new jobs, as well as address many critical transportation needs in Ohio and the 18th Congressional District.

— Bob Ney

It’s just been a lot of hard work and lot of auditions. A lot of ups and downs, but a lot of ups, and I’m really happy for my downs, too. I’m really thankful.

— Bresha Webb

We must remind Americans that the promise of opportunity remains unbroken – that every person in this great nation can succeed through hard work, courage and personal responsibility.

— Brian Sandoval

Everybody out there watches the show and has expectations of wanting to be an ‘Idol’, but we’re going to teach them how much hard work goes into it.

— Bo Bice

The actor that taught me the most was Bernie Mac. I did my first big budget studio film with he and Angela Bassett, ‘Mr. 3000’ for Disney. Bernie taught me by example what creates success is humility and hard work.

— Brian J. White

Life wasn’t easy growing up it was frustrating. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily, everything would have come easily, and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.

— Caitlyn Jenner

If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily… and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.

— Caitlyn Jenner

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

— Calvin Coolidge

I think that anything that you do, any accomplishment that you make, you have to work for. And I’ve worked very hard in the last ten years of my life, definitely, and I can tell you that hard work pays off. It’s not just a cliche.

— Cameron Diaz

I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.

— Carl Sandburg

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

— Cesar Chavez

The solid, middle-class values of hard work, responsibility, family, community, and faith my father talked about tirelessly from Iowa to New York, he lived at home. The hopes he had for his family and for me, he had for all Americans. I think Americans understood this.

— Chelsea Clinton

In truth, making films doesn’t feel like hard work because I always have such a good time doing it.

— Christian Slater

It’s definitely a dream come true to be recognized and to be able to sign autographs. But, it’s also a lot of hard work and can be draining. If you don’t know already, you will quickly learn who your real friends are.

— Christina Aguilera

T.V. found me. I was offered jobs. It came in handy when I started having babies. Just one night’s work, and then I could go home. I loved ‘Surprise Surprise’, but it was hard work. ‘Blind Date’ was a doddle by comparison.

— Cilla Black

There’s a difference between someone who’s ‘harsh’ and someone who is ‘hard.’ Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard. In order to respond to that, he had to become a hard man, with very hard rules, very hard discipline for himself, very hard days, hard work, et cetera.

— Clarence Thomas

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

— Colin Powell

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

— Colin Powell

Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.

— Colin Powell

The barrier to entry, to being a model, is not hard work. You don’t need a degree. You don’t need to win an award. It’s just about how you look.

— Cameron Russell

If you have a dream, it’s definitely achievable through hard work, through dedication, sacrifice, everything.

— Carli Lloyd

I would want to bring up my children. Therefore, I have no dream to make my mark. Instead, I enjoy economic freedom my hard work has given me. It means that I can give my children the best start in life.

— Caroline Wozniacki

To my mind, the best investment a young man starting out in business can possibly make is to give all his time, all his energies, to work – just plain, hard work.

— Charles M. Schwab

I’m making better than two million a year, but it’s hard work. The luxuries and pleasures I enjoy in my spare time keep me in condition to do that work. Carnegie and Frick have more money than I have, but I’m getting more value for my dollars than they are.

— Charles M. Schwab

When I was 4 years old, my brother and sister died of hunger, so I achieved my success through confidence, self-motivation and my hard work.

— Chen Guangbiao

Fault lines run along color lines in American public life, and the women’s movement is no exception. Over the years, feminism has become more inclusive but there is still hard work to be done to include LGBT women and communities of color.

— Christine Pelosi

I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.

— Charles Evans Hughes

There is no secret to success except hard work and getting something indefinable which we call ‘the breaks.’ In order for a writer to succeed, I suggest three things – read and write – and wait.

— Countee Cullen

It’s all about the hard work, knowing your strengths and weaknesses. You work on what you know you can do best. I have speed.

— Caster Semenya

The development of science is basically a social phenomenon, dependent on hard work and mutual support of many scientists and on the societies in which they live.

— Charles H. Townes

Writing is hard work, but a lot of fun, too. It allows me to live out some of my fantasies.

— Christopher Darden

The notion of overnight stardom is really dangerous. For almost every person who has success in this business, there are years and years of hard work to get there. To have longevity, you really have to train, and you really have to work.

— Caitlin Fitzgerald

Writing is part intuition and part trial and error, but mostly it’s very hard work.

— Cheryl Strayed

People don’t realize that doing a horror movie is hard work. You’re out there all day screaming your lungs out, breathing in toxic make-up fumes, rolling around in the dirt, getting your eyebrows burned off – it’s not like doing a sitcom.

— Clint Howard

I think my best teacher and my best study was theater in general. It taught me a lot of patience and a lot of hard work, and I think that theater teaches you that you’ve got to know your stuff because you only get one chance.

— Chelsea Kane

My children were taught at an early age how money works and that it comes from hard work. They’ve been on a commission – not an allowance – since they were little. They learned that if they worked around the house, they got paid. If they didn’t work, they didn’t get paid.

— Dave Ramsey

Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There’s no better feeling. It’s beauteous. But it’s always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.

— Damien Hirst

Getting in shape for this role, which is incredibly demanding, vocally, has been a lot of hard work, but I’m nailing it. I’m even kind of, at times, blowing my own mind, because I am even able to talk right now.

— David Hasselhoff

I would argue that education, actual learning – it is hard work. It’s very personal. Your parents don’t teach you anything. Your teachers don’t teach you anything. The government doesn’t teach you anything. You read it. You don’t understand it you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again.

— Dean Kamen

When you put a lot of hard work into one goal and you achieve it, that’s a really good feeling.

— Derek Jeter

Seeking can become stressful when you apply the same laws that you apply in the material world – hard work, exacting plans, driving ambition, and attachment to outcome.

— Deepak Chopra

The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself. And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.

— Diane von Furstenberg

It can be difficult to be subtle and not cartoony in prosthetics. But when you see characters like Bubbles and Desiree from ‘Little Britain’ on screen, it makes all the hard work worth it. It’s such fun watching those transformations.

— David Walliams

Most of the time you will fail, but you will also occasionally succeed. Those occasional successes make all the hard work and sacrifice worthwhile.

— Dean Kamen

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: ‘Whose?’

— Don Marquis

I’m a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it’s frivolous or superficial, but it’s not that way at all. It’s actually very hard work.

— Donatella Versace

I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.

— Doris Lessing

In a faraway land called ‘pre-2000,’ what Earthlings now call blogging was called ‘keeping a diary.’ It’s hard work to do well. I tried doing it in the early 1990s but had to stop because I no longer had a life – instead I had this thing that generated anecdotes to go into my diary. The diary took over and I had to stop.

— Douglas Coupland

There’s nobility in hard work, traditional values.

— D. B. Sweeney

It’s fashionable with the Sarah Palin set to attack Harvard and treat its graduates as elitists. But if you spend any time on campus, you see students drawn from all over the world – an astonishing number these days with roots in Asia – whose chief assets are brainpower and hard work.

— David Ignatius

You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me.

— Donald Sutherland

In Philly, there are a lot of social programs. If you have a degree, you can go and apply. I was basically a social worker, but I became sort of a sub teacher in a special program, helping kids with reading or math. But we would also do plays, learn about music… We were doing lots of fun stuff, but that was such hard work.

— Diplo

Joe Gibbs helped define what the Washington Redskins stand for – integrity, hard work, determination, winning and championships.

— Daniel Snyder

I got a nomination for director, which means the world to me it’s just the most exciting thing for me and my family. You do the good hard work, and the rest of it is something you shouldn’t get too caught up in, but when it happens – boy! I respect it.

— David O. Russell

It will be hard work. It’s always hard work, and hard work from everybody within the team – technical director, mechanics, drivers, engineers – everyone in the team.

— David Leslie

Well, I realized finally that all of the hard work paid off.

— David Naughton

To me, acting is all about hard work and talent. Once you get your first wrinkle, if you are a female actress, nobody will care about what you look like – it’s all about what you can do.

— Dominik Garcia-Lorido

As an older and wiser man, I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work and talent and determination.

— Dexter Fletcher

Many people think that it is important to have a title before you begin writing the book, but I think you should never sit around waiting for the right title to strike before you start writing. Crack on with the story, put in the hard work, and the title will come eventually.

— Darren Shan

It’s a lot of hard work, competing and not giving up. I think you get more appreciated the older you get.

— Daniel Nestor

A man came up to me at a party and asked if I wanted to be in his video game. I of course said yes. And then it turned out it was ‘Assassin’s Creed’, so that was great. They let me ad lib a lot and mess about and be very snarky indeed, and I’m thrilled by the success of all their hard work.

— Danny Wallace

Motherhood is wonderful, but it’s also hard work. It’s the logistics more than anything. You discover you have reserves of energy you didn’t know you had.

— Deborah Mailman

If you work for it, you’ll deserve what comes. Hard work.

— DeMar DeRozan

Hard work always pays off, whatever you do.

— Dustin Lynch

Making books is hard work. Some books are, of course, more demanding than others.

— David Macaulay

My life has been forged by middle class values: faith, hard work, deep respect for America and all that she stands for.

— Dan Carter

I am very proud of my mom and consider her the most courageous woman I know. With perseverance, sacrifice and hard work, she raised a family of Olympic athletes and gave us the tools and the spirit to succeed. That is something that my brothers and I will always be thankful for.

— Diana Lopez

Why has elegance found so little following? That is the reality of it. Elegance has the disadvantage, if that’s what it is, that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it.

— Edsger Dijkstra

The one thing I’ve learned in the last ten years is that successful artists don’t get paid to write and sing songs, they get paid for the psychological roller coaster they’re going to have to ride. That’s the hard work.

— Enrique Iglesias

The grim reality is that most start-ups fail. Most new products are not successful. Yet the story of perseverance, creative genius, and hard work persists.

— Eric Ries

From the beginning, our community has been focused on people outside of Christianity. But that emphasis means that a lot of hard work is represented in every person who is baptized.

— Erwin McManus

I don’t like flirting, and when I love someone, I always give everything, maybe too much. And then you have to work at it all the time. I mean, the first months are always great, but afterwards it becomes hard work. It’s not as passionate and crazy.

— Eva Green

I think it’s very important to recognize talent in all facets of filmmaking. Making a movie is such a lengthy and intense experience, so it’s wonderful to honour actors, directors, producers and all crew members who put so much hard work and passion into a project.

— Eva Green

I got my degree. More importantly, I got a key to American opportunity. That’s who we are – a nation that rewards ambition with opportunity. Where hard work can lead to success, no matter where you start.

— Eva Longoria

Through our own hard work and ingenuity, America has spent much of its history as the world’s dominant economic power. But our dominance is not pre-ordained – history does not roll along on the wheels of inevitability.

— Evan Bayh

You work hard for your income, and that hard work is what fuels the economy.

— Emily Oster

My career has been successful, but it’s been a grind of hard work.

— Emmanuelle Chriqui

I don’t know the definition of a star I am just an actor. I prefer doing hard work, as I feel luck can’t do much in absence of hard work. I am a lazy person – when I entered into this industry, I thought it was a cakewalk, but I have realised it needs a lot of patience and hard work.

— Emraan Hashmi

I was an assistant director for a year, and I realized, ‘God, this is a lot of hard work. This is going to take time. So what’s the shortcut? What’s the better option?’ Then thankfully, someone said, ‘Why don’t you become an actor?’

— Emraan Hashmi

Well, television is grueling. The hours are grueling, it’s hard work, and there’s a lot of pressure to get it done without a lot of rehearsal time.

— Evan Peters

We need a tax code that promotes savings, investment, achievement, innovation, and hard work.

— Erik Paulsen

Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.

— Edward Weston

But a lot of my training can be done in Aston – a lot of the hard work, so to speak. But a new atmosphere, a new place, and it’s good for me because I didn’t want to get stuck in one spot, so coming home is good, back and forth, you know, where my roots are.

— Elvis Stojko

Art, whatever form it takes, requires hard work, craftsmanship and creativity. As a writer, I know my grammar, cadence, the music of prose, and the art of the narrative.

— F. Sionil Jose

Let us hope that for many it does mean the end of trouble so far as earning a livelihood is concerned, that it means happy and comfortable home living honestly earned. But there are other troubles ahead for her, and plenty of hard work.

— Florenz Ziegfeld

Yes, there is plenty of hard work for them in addition to that which they do when they appear, smiling and happy, when the curtain goes up. Giving a performance is the least of their worries.

— Florenz Ziegfeld

I think as far as kids go, you just have to work hard. Work on your skills, keep focused.

— Frank Lampard

I’m glad I don’t have to make a living farming. Too much hard work. Too many variables you don’t have control over, like, is it going to rain? All I can say is, god bless the real farmers out there.

— Fuzzy Zoeller

No one likes to work for free. To copy an artist’s work and download it free is stealing. It’s hard work writing and recording music, and it’s morally wrong to steal it.

— Gary Wright

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

— Gail Devers

I love what I’m doing most of the time, but it’s hard work. People only see your albums in the charts. They see us at award shows and after-show parties. They don’t know about your doubts, the hard work that goes in.

— Gavin Rossdale

I don’t know any musician who got to the top without hard work. Take whoever you want. They all work bloody hard, harder than you think.

— Gavin Rossdale

Lots of things are hard work, but I think writing, for me, after I started acting at 13 years old. I like writing now much more than I do acting only because, well, partly because the scripts that are offered are junk.

— Gene Wilder

In the Seventies and Eighties we all had our fun, and now and then we went really too far. But, ultimately, it required a certain amount of clear thinking, a lot of hard work and good make-up to be accepted as a freak.

— Grace Jones

A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.

— Guy Kawasaki

The academy gave me a grounding in discipline and hard work that has sustained me throughout my life, and the lessons I learned there I now try to impress on young people.

— Georg Solti

We continued the hard work of integrating TWA, because at that time we still thought an efficient connecting hub in St. Louis could be a profitable addition to our network.

— Gerard Arpey

Midwestern people stick together. Gee willikers, they work hard. There’s no glitz, no glamour. When I was a girl in Duluth, Minnesota, I used to get up early and milk cows, so I know what hard work is.

— Gena Lee Nolin

You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that.

— Haile Gebrselassie

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.

— Haile Gebrselassie

I think people overplay the ‘Saturday Night Live’ schedule. I mean, yeah, it can be some late hours. But the late hours are usually only one or two nights out of the week. You might have a crazy six-day week, but you’ll work three weeks, and then you get a week off work. I’d take most jobs if it was hard work and then I got a week off.

— Hannibal Buress

I believe in meditation – it’s a good tool to centre yourself, but unfortunately, I’m too lazy to do it. It’s very hard work, and I prefer to watch ‘Nothing To Declare’ on TV!

— Helen Mirren

Everyone wants to be a movie star or a model, to be in the papers, but few realise just what hard work it is, getting up early, and so on.

— Helen Mirren

Youths write me and tell me that their band will go nowhere because of all the bad bands in the world. I tell them there has always been awful music and that no great band ever wasted any time complaining, they just got it done. Their ropey ranting is just a way to get out of the hard work of making music that will do some lasting damage.

— Henry Rollins

We need more good jobs that reward hard work with rising wages, dignity, and a ladder to a better life.

— Hillary Clinton

If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

On television, I have watched countless athletes from different countries, sports and Olympics stand proudly at the top of the podium and shed tears. They symbolized the Olympics for me because Olympic medals represent all of the hard work and sacrifices made by the athletes as well as the people who helped them reach the top of their sports.

— Hannah Kearney

Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.

— Iain Duncan Smith

If Britain is to have a stable, affordable pension system, people need to work longer, but we will reward their hard work with a decent state pension that will enable them to enjoy quality of life in their retirement.

— Iain Duncan Smith

A lot of people think that to make it as a model you just need to be pretty and slim, but they’re wrong. There’s a lot of hard work involved. You have to be very focused, know what kind of work you’re aiming for.

— Irina Shayk

I think success is very hard work, so, you know, if you work hard and you have some success, you have to give up something.

— Irina Shayk

I think talent is dangerous to have if you take it for granted. If you use it well and put hard work with it together, it’s hard to catch that guy. And I think that’s what you’re seeing right now.

— Ivan Lendl

It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.

— Isadora Duncan

I always feel like it’s two key ingredients when it comes to following your dreams, making something happen that the average person deems difficult. If you truly believe it, that’s step one. Step two, is, you know, the hard work that goes along with it.

— J. Cole

If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.

— James A. Garfield

When I was young, I was just about hard work. But as I got older, I did experience anxiety, doubt, judgment, and it’s so easy to lose yourself for a second.

— Jennifer Lopez

Most blacks will argue that they excel because of hard work, because of intellect, determination, sweat, blood, tears and risk.

— Jesse Jackson

There is nothing better than to make it to the College World Series. All of the extra reps in the weight room, all of the early morning practices, and all the hard work spent the entire year makes it worth it.

— Jennie Finch

Performance-wise, you really need to be down in the trenches you need to do the hard work, for a lot of reasons: To build yourself as a performer, to get a sense of the audience, to work hard and to wonder, ‘Do I really want to do this?’

— Joan Jett

As society has shifted from an agrarian to an urban structure, the joy and necessity of diligent, hard work have been neglected.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

Early intervention programs enrich adverse family environments. The largest effects of the early intervention programs are on noncognitive traits. Now, what do I mean by that? I mean perseverance, motivation, self-esteem, and hard work.

— James Heckman

My mother taught me what it is to have a sense of humour my dad, who was a headmaster, everything you need to know about hard work. My dad is the most decent man you could come across.

— James Nesbitt

When I was younger, I thought you had to be in control of your own life. That takes a lot of discipline, hard work and focus. You just can’t let it all fall by the wayside. Later on, I learned that God is really in control of everything. But you still have to put your best foot forward and be the best you can possibly be.

— Janet Jackson

I have learned that raising children is the single most difficult thing in the world to do. It takes hard work, love, luck, and a lot of energy, and it is the most rewarding experience that you can ever have.

— Janet Reno

I’ve never been more motivated to be No. 1 in the world. I’ve never been more motivated to try to extend that lead from one to two. All the hard work that I’ve put into my game right now has paid off, but I’ve got to keep working hard to win as much as I can.

— Jason Day

I really try hard not to work, not to engage, because I know what that means. What hard work it is it takes me away from my family.

— Jeff Bridges

For all founders, going public is a momentous milestone that has to be experienced to be fully understood. It is the culmination of years of hard work and personal sacrifice.

— Jay Samit

I don’t have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does – and I’m much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.

— Jennifer Garner

Like I said, repetition in practice and hard work.

— Jerry Rice

When we’re children we’re told love is going to be great: Just fall in love, the rest will take care of itself – and then we fall in love and we realize, Okay, this is actually really, really hard work. This guy doesn’t just tell me I’m great every day, you know?

— Jewel

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.

— John Carmack

Film buffs who don’t live in Hollywood have a fantasy about what it’s like to be a director. Movies and the people who make movies have such glamour associated with them. But the truth is, it’s not like that. It’s very different. It’s hard work.

— John Carpenter

Making a movie like ‘Felony’ is hard work because you’re really putting your own ideas on the screen. You can’t hide behind some other person’s script you’re saying, ‘This is my brain, and I want you to know what I think’.’

— Joel Edgerton

I love hard work. ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ was so physically tiring I ached all the time, but I took a massive amount of pride in the fact that I only ever missed two shows.

— James Corden

Somehow, knowing that Alzheimer’s is coming mocks all one’s aspirations – to tell stories, to think through certain issues as only a novel can do, to be recognised for one’s accomplishments and hard work – in a way that old familiar death does not.

— Jane Smiley

No, I don’t believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.

— Jeremy Irons

Building technical systems involves a lot of hard work and specialized knowledge: languages and protocols, coding and debugging, testing and refactoring.

— Jesse James Garrett

What is so weird is that young people who want to be ‘celebrities’ do not want to put in the hard work. They don’t want to do the training, go to drama school, read Shakespeare, try different accents and study technique. They just want to be famous. It is not just in England it’s the same in America and all over Europe.

— Joan Collins

I come from a pretty working-class neighborhood in Chicago. Hard work was just expected of you. It wasn’t some noble thing you did it was a prerequisite. It’s what a man did. You get up, you put on your boots, and you work hard. We’ve lost a lot of that, I’m afraid.

— John C. Reilly

No, but I’ve always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don’t take my fans for granted.

— John Fogerty

I’m John the Fourth, so I think there’s a lot of things in life that have been truly handed to me by the hard work and the pain of others.

— John Ridley

Last year, I was on Threat Matrix. We were on Thursday against Friends and Survivor so this year it’s fun to know people are watching, and to know that all of your hard work is not sort of wasted.

— James Denton

The German people were not denied, however, the possibility of improving their lot by hard work over the years. Industrial growth and progress were not denied them.

— James F. Byrnes

What I am suggesting is hard work and it can be slow work, but the rewards are well worth it.

— Jesse Helms

Because, you know, it’s never a hard work when you enjoy yourself. Look, I’ve been here since 57 years, and I don’t have to explain why I’ve stayed so long. I always enjoyed it.

— John Hench

For a lot of kids, reading is not magical. It’s really hard work.

— Jon Scieszka

Making cartoons means very hard work at every step of the way, but creating a successful cartoon character is the hardest work of all.

— Joseph Barbera

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.

— Joshua Waitzkin

Through hard work and education, we can deliver a strong economy and opportunity for all.

— Julia Gillard

I learned you’re going to have to start from the ground up, and honestly, it starts with hard work, hard work in the offseason, and no shortcuts really.

— Jared Goff

I know it’s financially lucrative to go out on my own, but I don’t like it. It’s really hard work, just the performance aspect. I like people who look like they’ve been together for too long and sound like they’ve been together too long. I like rock n’ roll bands.

— Jason Isbell

Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work, and you got two guys, when you’re talking about Gary and myself, we have a God-given talent, but we worked at it and we’re happy to be where we are today.

— Jason Kidd

There is a need for a vision that’s compelling and uplifting, especially in a time when people are worried. At the same time, in this era, hard work and lofty rhetoric are not going to compel you to the presidency.

— Jeff Fortenberry

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.

— Jessica Savitch

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

I had parents who instilled in me the importance of love, morals and hard work. I give God all the glory because he has brought me through so much.

— Junior Seau

Success has a lot to do with luck, but it also involves a lot of real hard work. The thing about success is you really can’t gauge things by album sales.

— Jerry Cantrell

With athletics, you put all that training in for only two major championships a year and the Olympics every four years. So when you get on top of the podium, it is relief and excitement and… Oh! it has all been worthwhile… the hard work, the sacrifices.

— Jessica Ennis-Hill

My summer jobs for three years were going to work in my dad’s factory and earn a bit of pocket money. I absolutely loved it, and I think I learnt more there than I did at Cambridge, actually, in terms of how hard work is and how tough it is finding a job, keeping a job, managing a job and family and commitments outside of work.

— Jo Cox

But sometimes in the midst of worry, anxiety and hard work, it has been pretty hard to bear all these false reports going about the country – to see my friends alienated and being made to believe things that were absolutely false.

— John Harvey Kellogg

I always feel like hard work leads the way, and from there, I leave it up to the powers that be.

— James Wolk

My mom and dad are second-generation Greek-Americans who instilled in our middle-class family the values of hard work, self-reliance, and service, exemplified by my father’s tenure as a U.S. Marine who was stationed at Camp David under President Truman.

— James Costos

Writing is far too hard work to say what someone else wants me to. Serving it as a craft, using it as a way of growing in my own understanding, seems to me to be a beautiful way to live. And if that product is shareable with other people, so much the better.

— Jane Rule

I do not doubt that services like social games and coupons bring delight to people’s lives, and I mean no disrespect to the hard work that has made them possible. But in the face of threats to humanity’s future on the one hand and the extraordinary potential of mankind on the other, at some point we must ask: are we capable of more?

— Justin Rosenstein

When you think about your heritage, you think about toughness and hard work.

— Jeff Garcia

You know, being an entrepreneur is super hard work, and if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, you’re probably not going to succeed.

— Jeff Raikes

I think it’s nice to know that people in the industry are paying attention to all of the hard work you’ve done throughout the years and rewarding you for it. It reminds you to keep doing it, to keep pushing yourself, and to always remain that way.

— Joan Smalls

I think that I was raised by two of the best people ever. My mother and father are just the definition of hard work, like what hard work brings to you. They’ve taught me and my brothers and sisters to set your goals high and to give everything to reach them.

— Josie Loren

Acting is glamour but writing is hard work, so I’m going to be an actress.

— Jacqueline Susann

Since the day he came into office, President Bush has worked to gut more than 34 years of hard work by weakening many of our Nation’s standing environmental laws, some of which were signed into law by his father.

— Jim Jeffords

I kind of became a gym rat. The more results I saw, the more dedicated I became. It is such a great feeling to see your hard work pay off. I mean, if I’m gonna skip the In-N-Out burgers, there better be light at the end of the tunnel!

— Jonathan Lipnicki

I have always believed that technology should do the hard work – discovery, organization, communication – so users can do what makes them happiest: living and loving, not messing with annoying computers! That means making our products work together seamlessly.

— Larry Page

There is never just one thing that leads to success for anyone. I feel it always a combination of passion, dedication, hard work, and being in the right place at the right time.

— Lauren Conrad

Well if done a lot of hard work to try and get people to act rationally, the fact that weve had 15 deviant Muslims, plus 5 or 8 others that got away does not mean that all Muslims are deviant or extremists.

— Lee Kuan Yew

I’m lucky to be part of a team who help to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground.

— Lionel Messi

See, winners embrace hard work.

— Lou Holtz

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.

— Lou Holtz

When I think about parallels between myself and an Olympian, I believe that success in the world of business is underpinned by very similar principles of perseverance and hard work.

— Lakshmi Mittal

It’s shown and proved that hard work pays off. Make goals, achieve them and replace them with new goals.

— Lance Gross

From my dad I learned to be good to people, to always be honest and straightforward. I learned hard work and perseverance.

— Luke Bryan

As the 29th state to join the United States of America, it is our turn to show the nation what represents Iowa. Our commitment to quality education, hard work, and small-town values are all represented in the Iowa quarter.

— Leonard Boswell

Intentionality and talent always matter. An extraordinary feat is certainly made more likely by someone’s focus, hard work, etc. But chance also matters.

— Leonard Mlodinow

I’ve been a Republican all my life because I embrace the conservative values of hard work, personal freedom, less government and fewer taxes. But I also believe in compassion, inclusion, and helping those who want to help themselves.

— Lionel Sosa

My guess is the great majority of teachers would welcome a system where innovation is embraced, where their hard work and their students’ achievement are applauded and rewarded.

— Lionel Sosa

People ask why I always play crazy people and free spirits. I guess it is because I like to have fun. But I am more ambitious than your average free spirit. This job is hard enough that, without drive and hard work, you will never make it work.

— Lucy Punch

There’s so much hard work, dedication, and focus goes in from not just the athletes but from the coaches, officials, governing bodies, and Sport Wales. It’s a real team effort, and it’s rightly called Team Wales.

— Lynn Davies

Judi Dench has always been the benchmark for me. Everything I have seen her do is incredible. I also really admire Cate Blanchett. In terms of people I have worked with, there is no one more admirable than Hugh Jackman, for his spirit, energy, generosity and hard work.

— Laura Donnelly

Before it was decided that I was going to be adopted, my mother was going to abort me. I was born with tangled legs they never thought I’d be able to dance… without knowing it, as a child I overcame a lot thanks to really doting, loving parents and a great family and a hard work ethic on my part.

— Lindsay Pearce

Wyoming is a special place: Where our farmers and ranchers rise before dawn and work until night to feed our nation. Where our coal miners and oil field workers produce the energy that powers America’s homes and businesses, and where our families are guided by faith, know the value of hard work, and deeply love our land.

— Liz Cheney

A lot of hard work has to go into your career, and preparation, and being your best at all times.

— Leven Rambin

For me, writing never gets easier. It’s always hard work. It doesn’t matter how many words you wrote the day before, or how many novels you’ve completed in the last decade: every day you start fresh again with that same blank page, or that same blank screen.

— Lincoln Child

A man with a silver spoon may get his share of supporters, but he can never be an inspiration for somebody! Patience and hard work are the key to every man’s success.

— Kailash Kher

My views are very fluctuating. I have very contradictory takes on the subject. Dating is easier, while marriage is hard work. You see your friends having early divorces, and on the other hand, you see your parents having a successful marriage.

— Kangana Ranaut

For a long time, I thought it was all down to dedication, hard work, and visualising doing well – that worked for a bit, but then it stopped. I’ve realised you have to be more practical and mature to make things actually happen.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I like to balance competing with studying. It’s hard work at the moment, but it could be worse.

— Katarina Johnson-Thompson

I think any form of self-expression is half confidence, half sheer hard work and, maybe, a bit of talent thrown in.

— Kate Winslet

I owe so much to my dad and what he has done for me. And it’s hard work doing what he has done, so he’s entitled to a break.

— Katie Taylor

I believe in destiny, God’s hand and hard work.

— Katrina Kaif

It was a great feeling to be named an All-Star starter, to know that my hard work is paying off and fans around the world are recognizing that.

— Kawhi Leonard

It’s definitely fun when you’re able to translate your practice into the game. It’s fun, and you know that your hard work paid off.

— Kawhi Leonard

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

— Kevin Hart

Dance has helped me with everything. It was a great foundation for discipline, hard work and, unfortunately, the ever-elusive idea of perfection. It lends itself easily to fight choreography, because that’s what it really is. Choreography. And knowing how to move with someone.

— Keri Russell

There’s no shame in a bronze medal. I used to think that, and I’m so ashamed of thinking that because there’s so much joy and hard work and love in this.

— Kerri Walsh Jennings

Inspiration is one thing and you can’t control it, but hard work is what keeps the ship moving. Good luck means, work hard. Keep up the good work.

— Kevin Eubanks

But everything has been so gradual that it’s sort of all come from, just hard work and basically being at it.

— Kim Gordon

I did a business in a box called College Pro Painters. They taught you how to paint houses, how to hire and fire, how to sell, how to deal with customers. You got a one-year franchise. It was the hardest year of my life in terms of hard work. I won manager of the year. It was very successful.

— Kimbal Musk

Destiny plays an important part, but talent and hard work is also important.

— Kriti Sanon

I like being in movies that have a great story. I’m not so interested in being a Hollywood star. It’s a job, you know. When you wake up at six in the morning every day for a week, it feels like hard work.

— Kristen Stewart

Apart from hard work and being in the right projects, you need to re-invent yourself. I’d be bored doing the same thing over and over, and the audience wouldn’t like it, too. The trick is to break that monotony.

— Kajal Aggarwal

For any band that ends up becoming really big, yeah, hard work has something to do with it, but a lot of it is just pure luck.

— Kellin Quinn

Even now I don’t consider myself skinny, but I have put a lot of hard work into my body over the years, and in the process, I’ve really learned to love myself.

— Kelly Osbourne

I have a fear of public speaking. It’s very hard work. Words are not my skill, and because they’re not my skill, I have to work doubly hard.

— Kerry Stokes

I used to lie awake at night, willing myself to put in the hard work, the determination, the passion.

— Kevin Pietersen

When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.

— Kiana Tom

Regarding one’s career: always be prepared, no short cuts – hard work is the only alternative that really works.

— Kiana Tom

I would be an actress for the rest of my life just because it’s really relaxing. Writing is hard work, and stand-up is so stressful before you get on stage, but acting is a complete ensemble experience.

— Kristen Schaal

Winning in women’s singles felt surreal. I felt that everything I had done – the hard work, the tough times – was all worth it.

— Kristi Yamaguchi

North Carolina is strong because our people are strong. They define our state – by their hard work, commitment to their families and neighbors, their willingness to sacrifice so that their children can have a chance to forge their own path.

— Kay Hagan

My parents are very conservative. They taught me the value of hard work – don’t depend on other people, do it yourself.

— Kyrsten Sinema

One can do a film and not work for six months, but on TV, you have to produce good content every week. It involves a lot of hard work, as one has to fight for ratings every week. But I have always got love from the audiences, be it during ‘The Great Laughter Challenge’ or ‘Comedy Circus.’

— Kapil Sharma

I think that passion is the secret ingredient that drives hard work and excellence. My passion is to serve the public: to be in the arena of public policy, to have the opportunity to solve problems for our country, to be in a position where I can make a difference.

— Kelly Ayotte

The work I did on ‘Killing Kennedy’ was very meticulous and, in some ways, actually tedious. It was hard work because there is so much known about John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. To try to distill that into a clear narrative that’s interesting and tells two great stories was a real challenge.

— Kelly Masterson

These were the moments when I was disappointed and frustrated, when I got so low because it seemed all my hard work had been wasted. But the moments passed, and the motivation to go back to rehab was there again.

— Kim Clijsters

I’m happy I was able to stick through it and was being very disciplined with what I had to do, because I know eventually hard work will pay off. It’s only a matter of now just trying to make sure I get matches under my belt and I feel more and more comfortable playing matches.

— Kim Clijsters

My mother wanted a conservative, secure life, and she has been married to my father since she was 18… A lot of hard work went into that marriage and a lot of not getting what you want.

— Kimberly Quinn

It is hard work to give life to new characters every single day. It is not as if I am God. I am just a tired, middle-aged woman trying to keep going.

— Karin Fossum

And so I love films that are kind of rural in atmosphere. And you know, it’s just a nice place to be day after day. All be it, it can be hard, it can be hard work. You can get hot.

— Keith Carradine

Honestly, it’s not the medals that I feel so proud of. It’s the way I conducted myself as an athlete, the hard work that I put forward.

— Kyle Shewfelt

I just find the people I want to work with and put it all together, and it’s a lot of hard work, and all kinds of catastrophes happen, but I don’t really get too much resistance. But when you make a movie, it seems like there’s nothing but resistance. It’s kind of a miracle that any movie ever gets made.

— Madonna Ciccone

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.

— Margaret Thatcher

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.

— Margaret Thatcher

I think that with a lot of hard work and dedication, I feel that I could be the best in the world. I’m still only 35 years old… I have a fresh start physically and mentally, and I feel that I can achieve my goal to be the best again.

— Mario Lemieux

My parents were both born and raised in the Depression. They instilled great values about integrity and the importance of hard work, and I’ve taken that with me to every job.

— Mary Barra

I think that there’s something in the American psyche, it’s almost this kind of right or privilege, this sense of entitlement, to resolve our conflicts with violence. There’s an arrogance to that concept if you think about it. To actually have to sit down and talk, to listen, to compromise, that’s hard work.

— Michael Moore

I think, instead of the pessimism of the Remain campaign, we have an opportunity to think of the next generation. If we have faith in their talent, in their generosity, in their hard work, we can, if we leave the E.U., ensure the next generation makes this country once more truly great.

— Michael Gove

For me, education has never been simply a policy issue – it’s personal. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in this country.

— Michelle Obama

When I was young, I watched my mom and dad build everything that matters: a family, a business and a good name. I was raised to believe in hard work, in faith and family. My dad, Ed Pence, was a combat veteran in Korea.

— Mike Pence

I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.

— Mike Rowe

In fitness, there are no short cuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work.

— Mahesh Babu

The actual producing, mixing, and mastering is hard work, harder than what I do.

— Mandy Moore

Everyone’s like, ‘overnight sensation.’ It’s not overnight. It’s years of hard work.

— Margot Robbie

Debates require a lot of hard work and preparation. If you try to wing it, it shows.

— Mark McKinnon

It’s hard work, ‘Doctor Who,’ but let’s be frank about it, I’m fortunate to be rewarded in the ways that I am. I don’t just mean financially, I mean the nature of the part and everything that comes with it.

— Matt Smith

I was a bit of a troubled kid growing up, let’s put it that way. I didn’t take pleasure in hard work.

— Matt Taibbi

Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.

— Michael Johnson

Whether it’s learning to hit a backhand in tennis, learning high school chemistry, or getting better at ski racing, I really believe with hard work and analytic preparation, you can skip a few steps and find the faster way.

— Mikaela Shiffrin

It triggers something in you as a human being because you forget what your parents did for you. But when you become a parent, you’re like, ‘Whoa! It’s hard work.’ No wonder your parents always tell you off! They’ve done a lot for you.

— Mo Farah

People think I must have been so talented at an early age, but I don’t know – was it talent or hard work? Who knows?

— Monica Seles

I’d had episodes before, but I swept them under the carpet. This time, I couldn’t do that because everyone knew. I got on with the hard work of getting better and haven’t had a blip in almost 10 years.

— Margot Kidder

Television is not like making records. I wanna tell all you kids, do not try this at home, ’cause it’s hard. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of practice, and a lot of different takes.

— Master P

I’m definitely bigger than a Rihanna. Pop stars nowadays are all perfect Barbie-doll bodies, and they talk about how they keep their bodies up with hard work, so in my eyes, it’s good to have a regular, average body type in the charts.

— Meghan Trainor

When I was in high school, I used to have breakfast with my grandpa every morning. He instilled a lot of values in me: hard work, loyalty. He grew up during the Great Depression in Philly in poverty – he didn’t have enough to eat as a kid. Sometimes his family would get kicked out of their apartment because they couldn’t pay the rent.

— Matthew Quick

I definitely want to go back to the theatre. It is hard work, it is repetitive, but it is intensely rewarding.

— Matthew Rhys

Being and working in America, it’s very important to work hard, work smart and work in a certain way. France and Europe has, with the tradition and culture, it’s slow-moving and it’s not always good.

— Mireille Guiliano

In a daydream sort of way, I think it would be pretty cool to direct a movie. But I have been on movie and TV sets and know it is hard work. I like directing it in my mind. It is easier.

— Michael Connelly

Playing college soccer was going to be the top of my athletic feats. I wasn’t going to the Olympics. I was a decent player, but it’s because of hard work, not because I was Freddy Adu. I wouldn’t have a medal from the Olympics if I wasn’t in a chair. I wouldn’t have gone to the Olympics and experienced the whole atmosphere.

— Mark Zupan

Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.

— M. H. Abrams

Glory is attained from hard work, step by step.

— Ma Long

So, I certainly subscribe to what Bette said about acting being very hard work.

— Marie Windsor

There’s a big difference between where I came from and the NFL. Things like this don’t happen to people from there often. It just took a lot of hard work and dedication, staying on the right path, believing in myself, and having an inner drive.

— Michael Oher

Acting is really scary, but it’s also challenging, fun, hard work. There’s always an element of improvisation with every actor, even when something is really scripted.

— Michael Pitt

People like myself have been pushing, competing, and promoting female MMA for a long time, and to see the fans accept a female division in the UFC so quickly is vindication that all that hard work amounted to something.

— Miesha Tate

Writing is hard, hard work that’s just the way it is.

— Marissa Moss

Boxing gave me a path in life. Because of boxing, I learned what I’m capable of achieving if I put my mind to it and how hard work can and will pay off in the end. It gave me confidence and taught me to face fear straight on and dig down deep when times get tough.

— Mandy Bujold

For me, sometimes it’s more important to perform well in training and know that I am improving rather than scoring in a game. It’s doing the hard work, day in, day out.

— Marcus Rashford

Making a film is very hard work, and you live or die by the sword just a little bit every time you do it, but I wouldn’t chuck it in.

— Matthew Goode

I loved ‘Matilda.’ The kids are so brilliant and uninhibited. They were inspiring. Seeing them onstage, just going wild, reminded me of when I was that age. I was excited for them and completely taken by their innocence and hard work.

— Matthew James Thomas

Charlie and I discovered at a really young at that we had a passion for figure skating, and I think that passion drives us to work every day to improve and grow. We have really learned to love our sport more and more, year to year. And the hard work really pays off.

— Meryl Davis

The government is not your salvation. The government is not your road to prosperity. Hard work, education will take you far beyond what any government program can ever promise.

— Mia Love

You hit one level of the sport, and then you want to get to the next level. Until, eventually, the Olympics becomes part of that dream, part of that goal set and the mindset of wanting to get there. And then you realize there’s so much incredible hard work and determination and effort that you need to put in along the way.

— Mitch Gaylord

This initial experience has not lived up to our expectations… and it is not acceptable. While these problems will require a lot of hard work, the bottom-line conclusion is this HealthCare.gov site is fixable.

— Marilyn Tavenner

Ice skating is very difficult. It takes a lot of discipline and a lot of hard work. It’s fun, but you are there on the ice every morning freezing and trying to do these moves and these tricks.

— Michelle Trachtenberg

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.

— Mark Warner

We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short-term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future.

— Mike Rounds

The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family’s income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work.

— Mikhail Khodorkovsky

What matters is hard work, and emotional intelligence.

— Millard Drexler

There is no substitute for hard work. There is a little luck along the way, but there is no substitute for really super-hard work, first in, last out.

— Mary Callahan Erdoes

My parents were working performers, so obviously I saw that there wasn’t a lot of fairy tale going on there. It was a precarious world. One that they were deeply committed to and deeply loved, but one that required a lot of hard work.

— Megan Follows

In 2004, I was on the West End stage in The Woman In White, and for every show I had to climb into a fat suit to play the obese Count Fosco. It was hard work, and unbearably hot, but I sailed through because I’d always kept myself fit.

— Michael Crawford

Nationally, more than one million Asian American entrepreneurs create jobs in their communities, helping fuel local commerce. In New York, we have seen firsthand how this community has helped drive our economy forward through hard work and ingenuity.

— Nydia Velazquez

I speak for all Malaysians in expressing my admiration for the Queen and the grace, poise and selflessness with which she has carried out her duties during her long reign. She represents the very best of British traits: dignity, resilience and hard work.

— Najib Razak

I think that, occasionally, fame and popularity can garner more attention for individuals or films. But as a person who believes in my craft, I like the romantic notion that skill and hard work is more important than notoriety.

— Nargis Fakhri

Hard work and dedication is important to success, and I have those qualities.

— Nargis Fakhri

We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

I’m lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part.

— Neil Diamond

I like having a woman. I like having someone to come home to, to make all of the hard work feel worth it. I need someone with me. And I want someone.

— Neil Diamond

Success comes to you with luck and a lot of hard work, but it doesn’t give you the right to be any better than anybody else.

— Nick Nolte

There’s also a level of discipline I use as a writer, designed to get better at what I’m doing, that requires quite a lot of study and quite a lot of hard work as well.

— P. J. Harvey

I have gone through some bad times with my own business. At one point, I was working my socks off, driving, delivering, baking. It was hard, hard work. But I worked through it. Running your own bakery is hard. I never came close to bankruptcy, but I had to cut back on staff.

— Paul Hollywood

In the workplace, employees should be judged on their merit and hard work and not on aspects that are irrelevant to their performance.

— Paul Singer

There’s a lot of work that goes into it – if you think about how many collections a year that Karl Lagerfeld has to do, with Chanel and all the other things he does – you can’t do that unless you are working 18 hours a day. It’s really a lot of hard, hard work.

— Penelope Cruz

It’s good to like yourself, and that only comes from hard work, from doing. But vanity is dangerous it can trip you badly.

— Pierce Brosnan

I try to always motivate young kids who want to be singers or actors or whatever it is they want to be that anything is possible with hard work. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what language you speak – as long as you work hard, you can achieve those goals.

— Prince Royce

I believe destiny and hard work go hand in hand. I was studying to be an engineer when my mom and my brother sent my pictures for the Miss India contest. I didn’t even know about it. If that isn’t destiny, what is?

— Priyanka Chopra

Beauty, unlike the rest of the gifts handed out at birth, does not require dedication, patience and hard work to pay off. But it’s also the only gift that does not keep on giving.

— Paulina Porizkova

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

— Pope Paul VI

I always follow my heart and my guts. If I want to do something, I have immense belief in hard work and myself. I have it in me to do well anywhere and in anything I do. I have a deep desire to excel in everything I do.

— Preity Zinta

Work hard! In the end, passion and hard work beats out natural talent.

— Pete Docter

The entire issue is that women bear a disproportionate share of the hard work. Birthing, carrying, the whole thing – it’s hard work.

— Pete Sessions

Baseball is about talent, hard work, and strategy. But at the deepest level, it’s about love, integrity, and respect.

— Pat Gillick

Hollywood always represents this big dream and fairy tale in people’s minds, but to me, it’s just hard work. Of course, we play fairy tale on the red carpet. It’s all Cinderella. But when the clock strikes midnight, I turn into a gray mouse and I go home, and I take my dress off and it’s over. That’s Hollywood.

— Olga Kurylenko

I was taught to value hard work. At the end of day, I’m just Olivia.

— Olivia Culpo

I believe in a world where there are no heroes, and I’ve read and know humanity a lot. There are moments that I admire in a person courage, intellect, hard work. These are the qualities I admire in an intellectual, in a writer, and there are so many people who have these things.

— Orhan Pamuk

I’d like to show people that if you put the hard work in and you believe in yourself, then you can do whatever you want to.

— Oscar Pistorius

To have been selected to represent Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay is a real honor and I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together.

— Oscar Pistorius

In Korea, when I started, there wasn’t a trend where people chose to be both actors and singers. I was the first to do both. It was a great deal hard work, but I got a lot of support and love from my audience. And for me to receive the same treatment overseas, I felt that I was also very lucky.

— Rain

When I sit down to begin penciling a page, most of the hard work for me is done. I can concentrate solely on my art from that point on, which is the fun part!

— Raina Telgemeier

It is hard work to be good when you are very little and very hungry, and have many sticks to beat you, and no mother’s lips to kiss you.

— Ouida

I don’t have any formula. I just work with my heart, putting in a lot of hard work.

— Ranbir Kapoor

I don’t really get stuck in a time warp where, if my film is a success, I have to keep partying till the next one releases, or if my film is a flop, I keep wallowing in sorrow until the next comes my way. My hard work in each film is always there.

— Rani Mukerji

Depression taught me the importance of compassion and hard work, and that you can overcome enormous obstacles.

— Rob Delaney

In American history, it’s about hard work and self-reliance. It’s not about collecting giveaways or being on unemployment forever. That the economy moves ahead for people who are going to work to realize the American dream, own a home, send your kids to college. I think it’s the founding cornerstone of America.

— Ryan Zinke

It’s hard work to ensure that all schools are safe and welcoming places for all children. It means changing policies, practices and cultures providing school support personnel and funding programs like restorative justice – not simply resorting to excessive and often discriminatory discipline.

— Randi Weingarten

And it hurts as a player, that you put a lot of hard work in during the week, and at the end of the week, Sunday, when you get on the field, that’s when they acknowledge about the hard work that you put in throughout the week. That’s actually a disappointment.

— Randy Moss

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

I grew up off the grid in Vernon, and I saw my parents work hard every day, as teachers but also while farming and building a log home. So from a young age I knew the value of hard work.

— Ryan Holmes

If China someday gains a more fair, just, and accountable system of government, it will be due to the hard work and efforts of the Chinese people, not due to the inexorable workings of any particular technology.

— Rebecca MacKinnon

At Netflix, we think you have to build a sense of responsibility where people care about the enterprise. Hard work, like long hours at the office, doesn’t matter as much to us. We care about great work.

— Reed Hastings

Overcoming fear is the first step to success for entrepreneurs. The winners all exemplify that, and the hard work and commitment they have shown underlines what is needed to set up a business.

— Richard Branson

As a father and now a grandfather to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes. Being able to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones is absolutely vital, especially early on.

— Richard Branson

As Americans, we don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility.

— Rick Perry

What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life.

— Rick Perry

Just put football first, or your job first. Give everything you’ve got all week, work hard, work super-hard to take it to the next level every week. And when you feel like you got to the point where you want to be, you definitely need the time to go out, relax, have a good time, take all the stress off it.

— Rob Gronkowski

The way to an American economic comeback, the way to help those out of work today find a paycheck, is to unleash the forces of job creation in America. The source of new jobs isn’t going to be the bureaucracies of Washington, but rather the creativity, ingenuity, and hard work of the American people.

— Rob Portman

The man Dickens, whom the world at large thought it knew, stood for all the Victorian virtues – probity, kindness, hard work, sympathy for the down-trodden, the sanctity of domestic life – even as his novels exposed the violence, hypocrisy, greed, and cruelty of the Victorian age.

— Robert Gottlieb

Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat.

— Robert Griffin III

The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches – with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone – was once at the core of the American Dream.

— Robert Reich

I like CrossFit. I agree with a lot of their coaching tips and the foundation of functional movements and hard work. They embody all that stuff. But I also think there’s a bit of a cult following within the CrossFit community, a bit of a fraternity, which obviously creates a bias and a little bit of a tunnel vision.

— Roman Reigns

It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?

— Ronald Reagan

Respect your parents. What they tell you is true. Hard work, dedication and faith will get you anything. Imagination will drive itself. You can get anything you want, but you have to have faith behind all your ideas. Stick to your goals and have an undying faith.

— Russell Simmons

Just all that hard work, all those hours in the pool, I feel like it’s about to pay off. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see this summer.

— Ryan Lochte

Obviously, you need talent to do well in your sport, but I think hard work goes a long way. You need to be lucky within the sport too, though. In badminton, you can benefit from good draws and people getting injured.

— Rajiv Ouseph

I have to laugh to myself. I don’t find it work to write music, because I enjoy it. I’d find an evening of bridge hard work because you have to think like hell, and at the end, you get nothing for it.

— Richard Rodgers

Don’t expect fame to come overnight. That filtered through to me in my own career. Look at Madonna: she’s not the best singer in the world, but she’s got where she has through hard work.

— Rick Astley

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

— Robert Half

I got into science because I thought that, with inspiration and hard work, I could figure out how life works.

— Randy Schekman

You see, without hard work and responsibility, there is no American Dream. Hard work lays the foundation. Our solidarity makes work pay – for all of us. For the greater good. That’s what our vision of shared prosperity is all about.

— Richard Trumka

My brother Larry. He taught me how hard work and dedication to the game was the only way to make it. He’s taken care of all my business activities for me and my family for many years, and I thank him for that.

— Robin Yount

It seems we always exceed even our own expectations-after a lot of hard work, though!

— Roberta Williams

I think monogamy is a little unnatural, if I’m totally honest. You change. Things alter. It’s the exception rather than the rule and I think it’s exceptional to cope with it and manage it. It’s hard work.

— Robert Powell

I’m not too fond of the hard work and the constant battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write, but I figure that’s part of the territory.

— Robert Sheckley

I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful.

— Ron Conway

I think it was the preparation and every thing Lombardi represented, you know, about hard work and that every game was important. So when you get to the real important games, you were ready to go.

— Ray Nitschke

For over two centuries, Americans have grown up in a society that rewards hard work, protects innovation, and allows its citizens to constantly break new barriers. The key element to this success rests on freedom and the ability of individuals to strive toward achieving their dreams and making their children’s futures better than their own.

— Renee Ellmers

With Shakespeare, the hard work is to find out why he said it and how it can relate to the audience.

— Ruben Santiago-Hudson

The 1993 Social Security tax penalizes seniors who have planned for their retirement through savings, investment and hard work. That’s wrong, and that’s why the double tax on Social Security must end.

— Rob Simmons

I no longer do a film for the wrong reasons. I have to be convinced ethically and morally. Both the director and I have to be on the same page. There are just five songs in most films these days, and they have to be amazing. There has to be a twist in the screenplay. The editing has to be crisp. Your hard work should show, but effortlessly.

— Salman Khan

I used to tell my graduate students at Stanford, ‘Don’t worry about what job you have to pick because your job picks you. Let your job pick you. Find something you are passionate about. Then when you are passionate, be persistent. Just keep doing it for a while because progress is always hard work. It never rests in ideas.’

— Sebastian Thrun

I’m not a fan of reality shows, but I am a fan of people who use their brains and skills and hard work to outsmart people, not to steal someone’s man or get drunk on TV.

— Sandra Bullock

The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work. You’re the opposition party. Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.

— Stephen Bannon

For my constituents, owning a home is the culmination of many years of hard work and the realization of the American Dream. At no time should a local entity take those years of hard work solely to increase their tax revenue.

— Solomon Ortiz

I was reading an article in the ‘New York Times’ it talked about being in the zone, and being in the zone you’re so focused that time ceases to exist. It’s when you think, ‘Oh, I’ve been doing this for five hours and didn’t even know it.’ It’s the difference between hard work and going, ’12 o’clock, not moving.’

— Steve Martin

When people go to a track meet, they’re looking for something, a world record, something that hasn’t been done before. You get all this magnetic energy, people focusing on one thing at the same time. I really get excited about it. It makes me want to compete even more. It makes it all worthwhile, all the hours of hard work.

— Steve Prefontaine

In a lot of ways, success is much harder than I thought it would be. I figured that you’d get here and then everything would be happily ever after. But, it’s hard work, almost harder once you’re successful because you’ve got to maintain it.

— Steven Wright

To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.

— Summer Sanders

Everyone is looking for the hack, the secret to success without hard work.

— Sam Altman

At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.

— Susan Wojcicki

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

Short stories are often strong meat. Reading them, even listening to them, can be challenging, by which I do not mean hard work, simply that a certain amount of nerve and maturity is required.

— Sarah Hall

Lesson to would-be fame seekers: It’s not really a new world when it comes to celebrity. There are no shortcuts. It’s still talent, perseverance and hard work. Even the speed and reach of the Net can’t create lasting value and income overnight.

— Sarah Lacy

I returned to India because I believe in an India of honesty and hard work, not of corruption and crookedness. I believe in an India of openness and straightforwardness, not of hypocrisy and double-dealing. I believe in an India where opportunities are available to all, and not just to a chosen few.

— Shashi Tharoor

To be an Olympian – not many people can say that. But first of all, I’ve got to make the team, and I know a lot of hard work is going to go into it, so hopefully it pays off.

— Sonny Bill Williams

Hearing that people read my books when they were sick, or that the books helped them find an escape when they were having a hard time… stuff like that makes all the hard work pay off.

— Sarah J. Maas

I drove right into the music with the same sort of attitude as I went into the football stuff with. Just found a routine and hard work, and it helped me progress a lot faster.

— Sam Hunt

I can see my work as a job. I do it for money. I likely already look forward to the weekend on Thursdays. And I probably will need a hobby as a leveling mechanism. In a career, I’m definitely more engaged. But at the same time, there will be periods when I think, ‘Is all that really hard work really worth my while?’

— Stefan Sagmeister

I was never specifically associated with a part, I didn’t have tons of money, I wasn’t conventionally tall or handsome, so you know the things that were available to me were hard work and perseverance.

— Seth Green

Actually, after while, finding the ideas is the easy part. Sorting them through and turning them into stories, now, that’s the hard work.

— Sarah Zettel

During my 30 years on Wall Street, taxes on ‘unearned income’ have bounced up and down with regularity, and I’ve never detected any change in the appetite for hard work and accumulating wealth on the part of myself or any of my fellow capitalists.

— Steven Rattner

Ballet is an incredibly difficult, beautiful art form that takes a lot of training, a lot of time, and a lot of hard work.

— Sutton Foster

Mentally, my key is just focusing on the little things I need to do in a race, whether that’s tempo, turn entry, start speed, things like that. I’m not thinking about that much before or during a race. I just trust in my ability and all the hard work I put in and let the race come to me.

— Shani Davis

The real preparation for races is done in the off-season. I put in the hard work during the summer and fall, and I’m always working on technique so that when the actual races come around I’m ready to go.

— Shani Davis

Artistry is important. Skill, hard work, rewriting, editing, and careful, careful craft: All of these are necessary. These are what separate the beginners from experienced artists.

— Sarah Kay

It was from them that I learned that hard work in stable surroundings could yield rewards, even if only in infinitesimally small increments.

— Sidney Altman

Hard work – I mean, does anybody use that term anymore? Laziness doesn’t fly. It’s all in the practice. It does take work and it ain’t easy – but man, the rewards!

— Susan Powter

I was raised Jewish, my wife was raised Catholic. Though we respect each other’s heritage, and while many of our friends are deeply religious, we have chosen to focus on our similarities, not our differences. We teach our children compassion, charity, honesty and the benefits of hard work.

— Steven Levitan

People in the U.S. didn’t know what taekwondo was. But they saw what the Lopezes were able to do with all the love and support and hard work we put in, and what we accomplished. It makes me feel real lucky to be in a position like that.

— Steven Lopez

I was brought up on a farm, and I’ve learned that every opportunity that I’ve had in my life has come from hard work and persistence.

— Susan Bysiewicz

My life has been a happy accident. Anybody who succeeds in anything should count their lucky stars, because that’s the biggest element. It’s not hard work it’s not necessarily talent.

— Terry Wogan

When the dark days come, many wonderful moments, those will all seem dead and empty to you. It will take practice and even hard work to find the joy sometimes.

— Taya Kyle

After working for a couple of years, I have realised how much hard work it takes to become an actor, and my father has gone through it all these years. It’s draining, both physically and mentally, but he makes it look so effortless.

— Tiger Shroff

I’m proud of my hard work. Working hard won’t always lead to the exact things we desire. There are many things I’ve wanted that I haven’t always gotten. But, I have a great satisfaction in the blessings from my mother and father, who instilled a great work ethic in me both personally and professionally.

— Tamron Hall

I think Hispanic community – the values that resonate in our community are fundamentally conservative. They are faith, family and patriotism. Do you know the rate of military enlistment among Hispanics is higher than any demographic in this country? And they are also hard work and responsibility.

— Ted Cruz

I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.

— Theodore Roosevelt

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

— Thomas A. Edison

I always had a lot of respect for the hard work and the hours and the dedication it takes to do these jobs but even more now, yes. The fact that we’ve gotten the opportunity to go to the FBI and meet the people who do this for real and also have consultations with them.

— Thomas Gibson

All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.

— Thomas J. Watson

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

Acting is fun for me and it doesn’t really matter how, whether it’s hard work or easy work, it’s always fun.

— Tommy Lee Jones

Beauty, pleasure, freedom and plenty of sleep: these are the hallmarks of a successful idler’s break. Travel should not be hard work.

— Tom Hodgkinson

This culture is sort of antithetical in everything it says to the kids. I don’t want to pick on ‘Jersey Shore,’ but it’s pretty clear. I would tell the kids good behavior and hard work will pay off, and then they go home and watch TV and go, ‘Oh, that’s not true.’

— Tony Danza

When it comes to getting promoted, you want to present yourself in a way that feeds into the biases that bosses have about what makes someone promotable. You’re already doing the hard work, so why not frame your effort in such a way that it increases your chances of obtaining the position you want?

— Travis Bradberry

Emotional self-control is the result of hard work, not an inherent skill.

— Travis Bradberry

My grandfather was an amazing man. You talk about character and integrity, everyone who knew him, whether they agreed with him or not, said, ‘George Romney is a good man, and he sticks to his principles: a man of honesty and hard work, integrity.’

— Tagg Romney

All of my Polynesian counterparts in the NFL with roots in American Samoa understand how the values embedded in our South Pacific culture – community, hard work, perseverance, respect – contribute directly to our success.

— Troy Polamalu

I do enjoy making videos, even though they are long days and very hard work.

— Tanya Tucker

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience.

— Thomas Perry

Art doesn’t spring from the muses alone, but from hard work.

— Tom Rachman

I used to help my grandfather on the farm, driving tractors, raising crops and animals. I used to feed some of the baby cows and pigs, and I had to be no older than 7 or 8. Then at about 9 or 10 I started driving tractors. It showed me at an early age what hard work was all about and how dedicated you have to be, no matter what you do.

— Tyson Chandler

You can get a bit ‘head in the clouds’ – well, I do – and full of myself if I stick in front of the camera for too long. I forget there is hard work that needs to be done.

— Tom Goodman-Hill

A picture of me as this super affable sales guy gets painted, but in actuality, I’m pretty driven by hard work and love working with teams. What people discount is, I grew up in a very small blue-collar town in Massachusetts and have basically scrapped my way career wise.

— Tim Armstrong

I rise today to discuss the National Intelligence Reform bill. I commend my colleagues in both Houses for their hard work in coming to an agreement. As with any conference, each voice is heard, but none can dominate and compromise must be achieved.

— Ted Stevens

I belong to a family where I think we’re all fairly treated, boys or girls. Although I have to work doubly hard just to be able to be recognised. That meant long hours, but the hard work paid off.

— Teresita Sy-Coson

One’s age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.

— Thomas Arnold

I’m a realist, not a sugar coater. I believe in always letting people know what their obstacles are. And at the end of the day, I just want to be respected for my hard work.

— Tichina Arnold

I’ve heard of nothing coming from nothing, but I’ve never heard of absolutely nothing coming from hard work.

— Uzo Aduba

The success that Americans are said to worship is success of a specific sort: accomplished not through hard work, primarily, but through the ingenious angle, the big break. Sit down at a lunch counter, stand back up a star. Invest in a new issue and watch it soar. Split a single atom, win a war.

— Walter Kirn

Every film is hard work, and a few lucky people do get Oscars for what they do, and it’s recognition for all that hard work on a certain level. If you didn’t do the hard work, you wouldn’t be standing there. On the other hand, people do a lot of hard work and don’t get Oscars, so it’s a mixture of glory and injustice at the same time.

— Walter Murch

I would be happy if they just gave out nominations and there weren’t any Oscars. But winning them is definitely an experience – to get up there and make a speech. Every film is hard work, and a few lucky people do get Oscars for what they do, and it’s recognition for all that hard work on a certain level.

— Walter Murch

I am proud of where I came from, and I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.

— Wendy Davis

Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack of other fundamental qualities, but no advancements can be maintained without hard work.

— William Feather

Write for yourself, not for a perceived audience. If you do, you’ll mostly fall flat on your face, because it’s impossible to judge what people want. And you have to read. That’s how you learn what is good writing and what is bad. Then the main thing is application. It’s hard work.

— Wilbur Smith

I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I’ve talked to coal miners, and that’s really hard work.

— William Shatner

Mr. C. Klackner has for sale four etchings etched by myself, at the expense of two years’ time & hard work – ‘The Life Line,’ ‘Peril on the Sea,’ ‘Eight Bells,’ ‘Mending Tears,’ – all of which are very good and should have been put forward long ago, but C. Klackner is waiting for me to die, is my idea of the matter.

— Winslow Homer

I work hard at my job, and I guess hard work pays off.

— Walt Handelsman

Writing is work. It takes a lot of contemplation, concentration, and out-and-out sweat. People tend to romanticize it, that somehow your work appears by benefit of some mystical external force. In reality, to be a writer, you have to sit down and write. It’s work, and often it’s hard work.

— Wendelin Van Draanen

In no direction that we turn do we find ease or comfort. If we are honest and if we have the will to win we find only danger, hard work and iron resolution.

— Wendell Willkie

I have had so many great moments, but I would have to say that dancing the Swan in ‘Swan Lake’ was such a unique and passionate experience for me. It was such bloody hard work, even at that very early age, that I would not want to try to replicate it again now.

— William Kempe

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

— Vince Lombardi

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

— Vince Lombardi

Grandmasters decline with age. That’s a given. There is nothing special about the age of 40, but age eventually takes its toll. That much is clear. Beyond that, it’s about how long you can put off the effects and compensate for them. Mistakes will crop in, but you try to compensate for them with experience and hard work.

— Viswanathan Anand

Our contribution purely depends on our consciousness and our willingness to support those in need, to show vulnerability and accept the support of others, to share without expecting the credit, to give it our all and allow our hard work to decide the outcome, to understand that control can only be achieved with a shared responsibility.

— Yehuda Berg

There is a lot more hard work to do in the future for the well-being of our sisters and brothers, the people of Thailand.

— Yingluck Shinawatra

You want good ratings, you want people to like the show, you want to be appreciated for the hard work you put in. You don’t always get it. Every show is not beloved.

— Yvette Nicole Brown

Some things is made by destiny, yes, other things by hard work, but quality you don’t learn. Quality you are born with.

— Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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