Quotes About Effort

Our response has been, ‘Well, let’s then make an effort to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit around the table.’ That hasn’t happened. So we only have ourselves to blame for this crisis.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

Every effort should be made to help build the new democratic nation with reconciliation and forgiveness, for the sake of Egypt and not for the benefit of a party or a group.

— Ahmed Zewail

Once you discover that you can, then you must. And it’s not easy. You have to take direct steps. You really have to count your blessings and you have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues.

— Al Jarreau

I know I need to exercise. For some people, exercise is like breathing for others, like me, it takes effort. Exercising is what I need for my metabolism and for a better sense of well-being.

— Al Roker

I want to put some effort into a bunch of different types of videos. I don’t think I’m gonna do ‘Man On The Street’ messing with people, I don’t think I’m gonna do over-the-top wacky comedy.

— Andy Milonakis

What my work is, is my approach to it. It’s the practice. And my work is about the effort that I make to get there. And I think if there’s anything artistic, it’s in that middle space.

— Anna Deavere Smith

We don’t have any intention whatsoever to use military force to solve the Palestinian problem. But when it comes to terror – when it comes to terror, I believe that military – the right military steps is a very, very complicated kind of warfare, where I make every effort not to escalate the situation.

— Ariel Sharon

Israel has many hopes, and faces extreme dangers. The most prominent danger is Iran, which is making every effort to acquire nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and establishing an enormous terror network together with Syria in Lebanon.

— Ariel Sharon

If there will be a serious Palestinian prime minister who makes a 100 percent effort to end terrorism, then we can have peace. Each side has to take steps. If terror continues, there will not be an independent Palestinian state. Israel will not accept it, if terror continues.

— Ariel Sharon

I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I’m a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary.

— Ashwin Sanghi

If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.

— A. A. Milne

The Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo show just how much effort China is willing to spend to enter the global stage. But while China desires to understand the world, it fails to accept its universal values.

— Ai Weiwei

What bothers me is that there is so much emphasis on food, rather than gathering and meeting – so that there is all this effort in creating the right food, whereas the food is only a small part of whether the encounter is successful or not.

— Alain de Botton

As a lifelong Democrat, I never thought I’d lead an effort to defend the symbol of the Republican Party. But when I saw the cruelty that Ringling inflicts on elephants every day across the country, I had to speak up.

— Alec Baldwin

For me, surrealism is in my blood it’s not an effort.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

In this business, life is one long fund-raising effort.

— Alvin Ailey

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

— Arnold Palmer

I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

— Arnold Palmer

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

You know, I think that romance sort of coincides with effort, so you can fall flat on your face, but as long as you’re making a great effort, I think it comes off as romantic.

— Ashton Kutcher

I’ve found that when everyone rallies behind a cause, and when they learn their effort can contribute something bigger, they get engaged.

— Aaron Koblin

When I step into a character’s shoes, I don’t judge them. I make a conscious effort not to look from the outside in but look from the inside out, and when you do that it allows you to feel and sense things more, and act and react from a core, you know?

— Abbie Cornish

It is my growing conviction that the Baptist churches in America are behind the age in missionary spirit. They now and then make a spasmodic effort to throw off a nightmare debt of some years’ accumulation, and then sink back into unconscious repose.

— Adoniram Judson

My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.

— Adrian Belew

When you see me on TV against one of the other girls, they look 10 times better than me, and I’m OK with that. I make a conscious effort not to wear that much makeup and not have my hair so perfectly groomed. That’s just not me. I’m not going to be perfect.

— AJ Lee

Without going to what I think is my limit. I always say that my ideal is to get pole with the minimum effort, and to win the race at the slowest speed possible.

— Alain Prost

To be a poet is as serious, long-term and natural as the effort to be the best human you can be. To express something well is not a question of having a top-class education and understanding poetic forms: rather, it’s a question of paying attention.

— Alice Oswald

If we all make a concerted effort and try to improve the life of someone else, then this world would be a better place to live in.

— Alonzo Mourning

But on this show, it’s a good question because in the 35 shows that we’ve done now, I’ve really made a consistent effort to really shadow the directors because in many ways they have to be more prepared than feature directors.

— Anthony Michael Hall

There’re so many things I want to do, like become more media savvy. I am too lazy. But I’m making an effort.

— Ajay Devgan

It’s important to make a statement, but don’t kill yourself over it. You have to make an effort, but not go overboard.

— Alexandra Roach

The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted to strengthen their power, and the resistance to that effort caused an immense growth of Parliamentary influence.

— Albert Bushnell Hart

You never really get a chance to sit down with the people you love, unless you really make an effort to do it. It doesn’t just happen naturally anymore.

— Amos Lee

I’m not the type of person who goes through all this effort for a movie, and then doesn’t care if anybody sees it. I want them to see it, and I want them to see it on the big screen.

— Andy Garcia

In America, for a brief time, people who followed Coltrane were studied and considered important, but it didn’t last long. The result is that the kind of music I played in the ’60’s is completely dismissed in this country as a wrong turn, a suicidal effort.

— Archie Shepp

Over many years, the United States has worked to persuade and compel governments around the world to abide by the rules. By spurning our own rules, we put that effort at risk.

— Anthony Lewis

Well, one of the things a lot of Americans don’t know, when Mitt Romney is nominated a few days from now, he will be the most experienced executive to be nominated for the presidency since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952, who had run a university and had run the allied war effort. That’s actually a big deal.

— Artur Davis

While few religious leaders and scholars would doubt the commonalities that exist among the various religious groups, the followers of these religions unfortunately struggle in their effort to peacefully coexist.

— Alcee Hastings

In 2010, I proposed that Congress take its first pay cut in 77 years, and my effort had bipartisan support. And as part of leading by example, I returned 5 percent of my paycheck every month to pay down the debt.

— Ann Kirkpatrick

I believe we must protect Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, and I will oppose any effort to dismantle Medicare and turn it into a voucher system.

— Ann Kirkpatrick

But marriage goes in waves. You’ve got to be patient. People bail and give up on their marriages way too early. They just don’t put the work and the effort into it. You’ve got to suck up your ego a lot of times, because that can be a big downfall.

— Anna Benson

I feel respect is in your hands as an actor when portraying a character, particularly when it’s from the Indian subcontinent. I do make a conscious effort to do so and often talk to the directors especially about the heavy accent when it’s not needed.

— Ajay Mehta

I have a wonderful English-language dialogue coach. All the time I have to speak English, he is with me. It is a double effort, because you have to say the words correctly and then act them.

— Adriana Barraza

The most interesting statistic, stunning statistic that came out of my research was that in 1942, as this war production effort is going on, the number of Americans killed or injured in war-related industries surpassed the number of Americans in uniform killed and wounded in action in the war by a factor of 20 to 1.

— Arthur L. Herman

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

— Auberon Herbert

You really should not do this job unless you’re willing to put in that enormous amount of effort. You should not do the job unless you’re willing to take risks. And you shouldn’t do the job unless you’re willing to lose the job, too.

— Anthony A. Williams

All real freedom springs from necessity, for it can be gained only through the exercise of the individual will, and that will can be roused to energetic action only by the force of necessity acting upon it from the outside to spur it to effort.

— Anna C. Brackett

Every effort needs to be made to try and offset the costs of Katrina and Rita by reductions in other government programs, especially those that are wasteful, duplicative and ineffective.

— Ben Bernanke

There are a number of institutions globally where the Federal Reserve typically leads the U.S. effort to work with financial regulators from other countries, and we try to, to the extent possible, establish international standards for how – the amount of capital a bank should hold, for example, or how much.

— Ben Bernanke

I would like people to recognize in looking at my story that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you is you. It’s not the environment, it’s not the other people who were there trying to help you or trying to stop you. It’s what you decide to do and how much effort you put behind it.

— Ben Carson

You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.

— Ben Stein

While I may not agree with all of President Obama’s energy policies, I strongly supported his successful effort to double fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

— Bernie Sanders

It was my effort, in depicting the West, to depict it as it was.

— Buffalo Bill

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

— Bruce Lee

If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.

— Branch Rickey

It has been my experience that if we make the effort to listen to people when we meet them, and work to get to know them a little, it is then easy to find something likeable in practically anyone.

— Bryant H. McGill

There are many of us thinking of one version of parallel universe theory or another. If it’s all a lot of nonsense, then it’s a lot of wasted effort going into this far-out idea. But if this idea is correct, it is a fantastic upheaval in our understanding.

— Brian Greene

Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.

— Ben Hecht

One thing, however, is sure, – that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice, and of course such justice is necessarily free.

— Benjamin Tucker

The Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, actually, was an effort to put something on the mall in Washington so American tourists could walk through America, and in their minds everything on the mall would be American.

— Bernice Johnson Reagon

This was our last stop. This was it. We had those two embryos that we had banked prior to learning about the breast cancer, and with the medicine she was on, this was our last effort. The prayers were answered.

— Bill Rancic

You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.

— Bob Nelson

I never felt that I was typecast, but I was concerned about it. I certainly made an effort to take as many parts in theater and film that resisted that. If you only learn how to act a certain kind of role, it is very difficult to grow as an actor.

— Billy Crudup

This evolution may compromise Java’s claim of being simpler than C++, but my guess is that the effort will make Java a better language than it is today.

— Bjarne Stroustrup

I won it, at least five million times. Men who were stronger, bigger and faster than I was could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, and never made the feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground and get over the bar.

— Bob Richards

It’s been such a group effort. When you’re a new band and you have limited resources, you end up getting people that are there because they love what you do, and that’s great.

— Balthazar Getty

With so many amazing artists on one bill, we expect this concert to be incredibly powerful in its ability to raise both money and awareness for the long-term rebuilding effort we must all support.

— Brad Delson

Everything I did that required effort, I opened my mouth. Even to catch a ball, I opened my mouth.

— Betty Cuthbert

Every major federal campaign-finance-reform effort since 1943 has attempted to treat corporations and unions equally. If a limit applied to corporations, it applied to unions if unions could form PACs, corporations could too and so on. DISCLOSE is the first major campaign-finance bill that has not taken this approach.

— Bradley A. Smith

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

— Calvin Coolidge

Change takes effort. And the reality is, most people don’t want to put in effort to better their life.

— Cesar Millan

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

— Charles Babbage

General Atomics, the progenitor of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, started life in 1955 when a major military contractor, General Dynamics, feared that the military hardware market might dry up. It began exploring peacetime uses of atomic energy, but abandoned the effort when cold-war military spending took off.

— Charles Duhigg

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

— Charles Schwab

If people give me a year or two of their best effort, then I am their friend for life.

— Charlie Trotter

The funny thing about directing is that you have your own opinions, but it’s a collaboration. Directing is a group effort. Even though you might think something works, the smartest thing you can do as a director is try and weigh the opinions of the people around you.

— Chris Evans

I have that glass-half-empty syndrome, and it takes a great deal of effort to climb out of the hole of darkness that I choose to live in mentally.

— Christian Slater

Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances.

— Christopher Dodd

You hear about things happening to people – they slip in the bathtub, fall down the stairs, step off the curb in London because they think that the cars come the other way – and they die. You feel you want to die making an effort at something you don’t want to die in some unnecessary way.

— Christopher Walken

Early on, I played one or two disturbed people, and I guess I must have been good at it, because it stuck. But, you know, I’m a regular guy. I stay home a lot, I make an effort to keep a distance from the whole social thing, the openings, the parties. I try to live in a calm way.

— Christopher Walken

I always knew that it was going to be an uphill climb to replace Letterman from complete obscurity with no experience, but I think I had to go through it to know exactly what a titanic effort that was going to be.

— Conan O’Brien

Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.

— Claude Debussy

Right now, oil is being isolated around the globe, and there is a major effort in shipping, trucking and otherwise transporting that oil around to a very finite number of refineries. Biology allows us to make these same fuels in a much more distributed fashion.

— Craig Venter

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.

— Caroline Kennedy

Nowadays, to get a movie greenlit, you have to make an incredible effort.

— Catherine Hardwicke

We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.

— Chen Shui-bian

The Cox Report documents a systematic, well-planned effort by the Chinese military at the highest levels to target and acquire technology for military modernization.

— Charles Bass

It is the doctrine of the oligarchy that there is nothing that we hold in common, that the commonwealth is a myth, that it is even a sign of softheadedness and weakness. The oligarchical power feeds on the sense that we are all individuals, struggling on our own, and ennobled by the effort.

— Charlie Pierce

Around 1960, I moved back to Europe, attracted by the newly founded European Organization for Nuclear Research where, for the first time, the idea of a joint European effort in a field of pure science was to be tried in practice.

— Carlo Rubbia

When aspiring writers ask me about how they should target their writing, I tell them to pay no attention to that kind of thing. It will restrict you. You will end up falling into stereotypes in an effort to tailor your work toward a perceived genre category.

— Carrie Vaughn

I think I’m most excited about traveling and shooting and spending time in L.A. I have a great talent agency there and, you know, working with my acting coach and really putting in the time and effort to transition into the acting.

— Charlotte McKinney

If you’re playing the a historical character that’s in the public consciousness, then obviously you’ve got to make an effort to look like that person and there’s a huge amount of historical record there that you have to kind of comply to.

— Colm Meaney

It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

— Claude M. Bristol

In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty.

— Claudio Hummes

I saw ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine once, and they were talking about the top 50 songs, and there wasn’t one Sly song how does that happen? But, Sly isn’t the type to brown nose for props. He’s always known what he had, what he was capable of I’m just proud that he took the time and effort to put it to music.

— Cynthia Robinson

I guess what bothers me so much about what I now see going on in both Washington and in Texas is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers and then when they’re uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong.

— Chris Bell

I’ve been in the league 12 years. To sit on the bench and complain about the way things were, that doesn’t get anything done. I don’t know. I’m playing for a championship and trying to make the playoffs. My effort has never changed.

— Chris Webber

These small shows were decidedly a success. The exhibitions were not too large to be seen easily. It was not an effort, as larger collections of pictures usually are.

— Childe Hassam

Here’s the thing about Red Sox fans, or actually just fans from that region, in general: they appreciate the effort. And if you mail it in or if you give 80 percent, even with a win, they’ll let you know that’s not how you do it. They want – if it’s comedian, if it’s a musician, bring us your best show.

— Dane Cook

California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.

— D. H. Lawrence

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.

— Daisaku Ikeda

If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, if that doesn’t work out, that’s all I can do.

— Dave Chappelle

Well, any effort to maximize your potential and ability is a good thing.

— Daniel Goleman

Mental effort, I would argue, is relatively rare. Most of the time we coast.

— Daniel Kahneman

Searching for music is like searching for God. They’re very similar. There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unseeable, the unspeakable, all those things, comes into being a composer and to writing music and to searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.

— David Bowie

There’s an effort to reclaim the unmentionable, the unsayable, the unspeakable, all those things come into being a composer, into writing music, into searching for notes and pieces of musical information that don’t exist.

— David Bowie

Probably the reason it’s a little hard to break away from the album format completely is, if you’re getting a band together in the studio, it makes financial sense to do more than one song at a time. And it makes more sense, if you’re going to all the effort of performing and doing whatever else, if there’s a kind of bundle.

— David Byrne

If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.

— Denzel Washington

If we are prepared to invest the necessary time and effort, affirmative action can contribute to Harvard’s quality and not detract from it.

— Derek Bok

My effort is to slip into any role that is offered to me. The minute you go into those costumes, those grand sets, and start prepping up for the role, you become the part or at least start feeling the part.

— Deepika Padukone

I think we need a very, very serious effort, primarily through tax policy to provide incentives and encouragement for people to save and invest and expand their businesses and to create more jobs. The kind of thing we did in the early Reagan years, 30 years ago. I think that’s essential.

— Dick Cheney

Satan, our adversary, wants us to fail. He spreads lies as part of his effort to destroy our belief. He slyly suggests that the doubter, the skeptic, the cynic is sophisticated and intelligent, while those who have faith in God and His miracles are naive, blind, or brainwashed.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Most of the time spent wrestling with technologies that don’t quite work yet is just not worth the effort for end users, however much fun it is for nerds like us.

— Douglas Adams

Playing two people is definitely difficult, but it’s made possible by everyone around me, and it’s a big team effort.

— Dove Cameron

But I just think I was lucky enough to figure out early on that I wanted to do comedy, so that’s what I put all my effort into.

— Donald Glover

I don’t think people know how much time and effort truly goes into the game and goes into simply just scoring a touchdown. So when you get that opportunity, you should be able to be free and be relaxed from all the pressure that went into scoring that touchdown and have fun.

— Dak Prescott

This illness made it impossible for me to give my best effort to our audience, but now that it’s been identified, I’m looking forward to a complete, quick recovery and to get back out there with John as soon as possible.

— Daryl Hall

When you have too much scheme, sometimes it’s hard to work on all the things you have to, and you can make effort the top priority of your game.

— Dan Quinn

The crusade to convince us that global warming can only be dealt with by wealth destruction and higher energy prices began with an effort to ‘raise awareness,’ which turned into some delicate nanny-state prodding before efforts to artificially inflate prices.

— David Harsanyi

At the center of President Obama’s strategy for dealing with the Islamic State is an empty space. It’s supposed be filled by a ‘Sunni ground force,’ but after more than a year of effort, it’s still not there. Unless this gap is filled, Obama’s plan won’t work.

— David Ignatius

To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again.

— David Viscott

Whenever a Gujarati or Sikh businessman comes to a Republican event, it begins with an appeal to Jesus Christ. While the Democrats are really good at making the outsider feel at home, the Republicans make little or no effort.

— Dinesh D’Souza

The voice doesn’t take a lot of effort now, but in the beginning it was hard to try to find a voice. The one I settled on was just easier to do for a half-hour.

— Dan Castellaneta

Select a subject that interests you and make an effort to become an expert in that field. I promise you, if you make the effort, and you become an expert, you will have a wonderful career.

— Dan Shechtman

The frontiers of science, on the very small scale and very large scale, require large investments and international effort.

— Dan Shechtman

As we have sought through the centuries to define ourselves as human beings and as nations through the prisms of history and literature, no small part of that effort has drawn us to the subject of war. We might even say that the humanities began with war and from war, and have remained entwined with it ever since.

— Drew Gilpin Faust

We must make every effort to neutralize this threat peacefully, but be ever mindful of the growing danger Iran poses not just to a safe and free America, but to our allies abroad.

— Dave Reichert

You don’t simply tell someone to get out there and win the tennis match. You say ‘move your feet’ or ‘watch the fuzz on the ball’ to really get into the Zen of it. You pull all that together, and then you just might hold up the Wimbledon Plate… It’s not about winning first place but bringing every element of effort to whatever you do.

— Diana Nyad

Now that I’m staring down the barrel of the last act of my life, I’m less excited about control and solo effort, and I resent the way the business aspects interfere with my space for creative writing.

— David Knopfler

You know, the purpose of reconciliation is to avoid the filibuster. The filibuster is an effort to talk something to death.

— Dick Durbin

Certainly if we hope do enhance and extend whatever natural assets we were given, we must expect to make an effort, if not actually great labor.

— Dixie Carter

One of the things I really learned from my first term is the importance of focusing. In that sense, it is a deliberate effort. What I look at with each vote is that priority of whether it’s good for the middle class or not.

— Dan Maffei

There’s a lot of really talented people in Utah, people who would really make an effort to make the music the best that it could be and as emotional as it could be.

— David Archuleta

When things could’ve gone really bad, rugby caught my interest and I really stuck with it. The sport brought me, maybe off the streets where we’d be fighting, into putting in a good effort in the rugby field where you’re kind of rewarded for that rough behaviour instead of in trouble with the law.

— Daniel Cudmore

As leader of the effort of the Iraqi Survey Group, I spent most of my days not out in the field leading inspections. It’s typically what you do at that level. I was trying to motivate, direct, find strategies.

— David Kay

At my heaviest, I was 5’8 and 175 pounds. I ate well, but in too large quantities, and I rarely made a concerted effort to burn off the extra calories. I’d beat myself up about being overweight, even though I had the tools to be in shape. Then I’d resort to an unhealthy diet to lose the weight that was making me self-conscious.

— Daphne Oz

I ran the effort to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City. We lost – on a global scale. To my surprise, life went on, and I learnt that nobody cares about your failures as much as you do.

— Daniel L. Doctoroff

Don’t get me wrong: I think that everyone should put forth an effort to do better, but let’s face it, some of us are just plain luckier than others.

— Donald Ray Pollock

Necessarily, I’m always involved in casting, as any playwright is, because the whole process of putting on a play is a collaborative, organic effort on the part of a bunch of people trying to think alike.

— David Ives

There were times when I’d bench players for their lack of effort. We worked very hard on fundamentals, which was the Dodger way. We needed to be more aggressive.

— Dick Williams

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.

— E. O. Wilson

Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the ‘environmentalist’ view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.

— E. O. Wilson

There is something about building up a comradeship – that I still believe is the greatest of all feats – and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It’s the intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got. It’s really a very pleasant sensation.

— Edmund Hillary

If I wished to do something, even if I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to make the effort with me, I would go out solo climbing. I did find solo climbing very challenging and a little frightening. You knew that you were completely on your own, and you had to overcome all the problems and possible dangers.

— Edmund Hillary

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.

— Eckhart Tolle

You know, making a movie is a collaborative effort and sometimes all the ingredients don’t work out. I know that every now and again I am going to make a movie that won’t work.

— Eddie Murphy

I’ve learned not to let it be the end of the world if a boy doesn’t like you. I used to put so much effort into boys. I started playing guitar because I wanted to impress this boy. Then, I ended up in love with guitar and I didn’t care about the boy anymore.

— Ellie Goulding

Everything good takes a great amount of effort. Like, things went wrong with ‘Prozac Nation’ so much, and it went through so many rejections and incarnations, but I felt so much that it needed to exist. But if I hadn’t been so persistent and insistent, it wouldn’t have happened.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

The Obama administration has vastly expanded the use of armed drones and concentrated a great deal of diplomatic effort on building and maintaining alliances that share information about terrorists, provide access to get near them, and then strike against them.

— Elliott Abrams

Many have a vague idea that they must make some wonderful effort in order to gain the favor of God. But all self-dependence is vain. It is only by connecting with Jesus through faith that the sinner becomes a hopeful, believing child of God.

— Ellen G. White

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

— Emma Goldman

Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.

— Emma Goldman

Tell him I mind having to look pretty, that’s what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort.

— Emma Thompson

I would say, as an entrepreneur everything you do – every action you take in product development, in marketing, every conversation you have, everything you do – is an experiment. If you can conceptualize your work not as building features, not as launching campaigns, but as running experiments, you can get radically more done with less effort.

— Eric Ries

If I just simply let go, and allow my hand, my arm, to be more of a support system, suddenly – I have more dynamic with less effort. Much more, and I just feel, at last, one with the stick, and one with the drum.

— Evelyn Glennie

I wear no makeup in real life. I’m very simple. That may be why I go over the top for the red carpet. But otherwise, I’m very plain. I should make more of an effort, actually.

— Eva Green

Much effort, much prosperity.

— Euripides

The Lord is pleased with every effort, even the tiny, daily ones in which we strive to be more like Him.

— Ezra Taft Benson

I had started writing as a poet in a closed, post-Revival, claustrophobic world, where the shadows of the national upheaval and the intense effort – the intense self-conscious effort – to make a literary movement were still evident. Now we lived a life as writers that was more cosmopolitan, more open, that had more travel and exchange.

— Eavan Boland

Though every legal task demands this skill, it is especially important in the effort to frame public policy in a way that is properly responsive to human needs and predicaments. The question is always: How will the general rule work in practice?

— Elliot Richardson

For me, to put together my museum and all my remembrances was a big effort mentally, physically and monetarily.

— Elsa Peretti

Sometimes I think your face and your bearing and your energy have so much more to do with the jobs you get than the actual work and the time and the effort that you put in, or the talent even.

— Elizabeth Reaser

Make a conscious effort to loosen your hands and let your arms feel soft when you’re at address. Take the club back a bit shorter, and feel as if you’re cracking a whip on the way down – not tensing up to smash something hard.

— Ernie Els

I almost never hit a shot all out, and I make a conscious effort to swing my long clubs just as I do my wedges. Keep this in mind when hitting your fairway woods.

— Ernie Els

There’s almost no way of doing importing honestly, because if you do you’re at such a disadvantage competitively. So people spend huge amounts of effort getting around stupid laws and not paying taxes.

— Esther Dyson

In the sense that people who produce things and work get rewarded, statistically. You don’t get rewarded precisely for your effort, but in Russia you got rewarded for being alive, but not very well rewarded.

— Esther Dyson

Disease is, in essence, the result of conflict between soul and mind, and will never be eradicated except by spiritual and mental effort.

— Edward Bach

The Unites States used to use law enforcement to aggressively target North Korea illicit activities – counterfeiting U.S. currency, drug-running, counterfeit cigarettes and pharmaceuticals – until diplomacy gutted those efforts. The effort should be reinvigorated.

— Ed Royce

Each implementation of human effort, however minute the overall result may be, is summed up in the gesture of the sower – sometimes an awe-inspiring gesture.

— Emile Galle

Over the years, a number of other intriguing experimental ideas and areas of investigation have been the objects of my attention, and I have devoted some time and effort to exploring the inherent possbilities.

— Frederick Reines

Our research is so complex that the resources of a single region of the world are no longer enough – both intellectually and economically, it must be a global effort.

— Fabiola Gianotti

That is why we wholeheartedly support the American-led effort to free the people of Iraq. And though we are a small country with a small military, we are proud to stand side by side with our allies in the fight to end the reign of terror in Baghdad.

— Fatos Nano

It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible.

— Fidel Castro

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs did not start out wealthy, and actually added to income inequality, but we all benefit from their creative effort.

— Foster Friess

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.

— Fran Lebowitz

Shell has poured billions of dollars into offshore Arctic drilling, but no matter how much it spends, it cannot make the effort anything but a terrifying gamble. And if Shell, the most profitable company on Earth, can’t buy its way to safety in Alaska, nobody can.

— Frances Beinecke

Where I would fault President Bush the most was that, in the wake of 9/11, he motivated our military, but he didn’t call the nation into a state of war. And he didn’t explain that this would take though a communal effort against common foe.

— Frank Miller

People choose to read, and it takes effort. It’s not one of those hobbies that asks nothing of the person who is doing it. It’s more than a hobby.

— Gabrielle Zevin

In Washington, there’s always an effort to label people.

— Gale Norton

For the first time federal, state and local bureaus of investigation are coordinating their effort, to serve as eyes and ears and protect us against further attacks.

— George Pataki

It is not the truth that a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forward to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man.

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

The question of causality is complex. For some philosophers and physicists, time might not exist. And since cause-and-effect reasoning needs the concept of time – of one thing preceding another – the effort to establish causality is a mug’s game, an infinite regression of increasingly unanswerable questions.

— Greg Grandin

The first mention of a ‘ranger’ is as early as 1622, during the 1622 Powhatan rebellion, a near-successful effort to drive the British out of what is now Virginia.

— Greg Grandin

I really don’t make a concerted effort to try to find a type of role. Maybe I’ve just done enough of them now where people are like, ‘Oh, it’s the guy that’s in a swirling vortex of despair, send it to Kinnear!’ I don’t really know, but it does seem to be a recurring theme.

— Greg Kinnear

Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears and effort in the gym every day.

— Gabby Douglas

Gold medals are made out of your sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day, and sacrificing a lot.

— Gabby Douglas

If you’re building a house, or doing anything, time is what you’ve got. Well, there’s effort, but you need time. The more time you put into something, the better stuff you can make.

— Gene Simmons

The Iraq war was always a long shot. But it was made immeasurably longer by its principal architects in Washington, including Douglas Feith, who ignored expert advice, reserved most of their effort for fighting each other in ideological battles, and regarded the Iraqi people as an afterthought.

— George Packer

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.

— George Santayana

It is beyond dispute that President Obama and his aides have an extreme, even unprecedented obsession with concealing embarrassing information, controlling the flow of information, and punishing anyone who stands in the way. But, at least theoretically speaking, it is the job of journalists to impede that effort, not to serve and enable it.

— Glenn Greenwald

I passed my classes because I displayed effort, not because I learned math. But how can we help young people understand life rarely gives partial credit for effort, especially if that effort doesn’t lead to understanding or success?

— Gina Barreca

The more I examine the issue of clutter, the more effort I put into combating it, because it really does act as a weight.

— Gretchen Rubin

In ‘Before and After,’ I identify the sixteen strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. Some are quite familiar, such as ‘Monitoring,’ ‘Scheduling,’ and ‘Convenience.’ Some took me a lot of effort to identify, such as ‘Thinking,’ ‘Identity,’ and ‘Clarity.’

— Gretchen Rubin

The thing about music is it’s not an obscure pursuit, it’s a very natural thing for human beings to do. Once you put in the effort, the learning curve is very fast.

— Grimes

When I was living in Mexico and writing a book called ‘Aztec,’ I had to make a deliberate effort to ignore a lot of the ‘typically Mexican landscape’ around me – banana and citrus groves, roses and carnations, burros and toros – because they did not exist in Mexico in the 15th century, the time of my book.

— Gary Jennings

If it were a real effort to live in the Middle Ages, your life would be one perpetual prevarication.

— Goldwin Smith

One of the things about working on stage – actually, about working in show business, that is – is that it’s such a collaborative effort. I suppose that everything in life is – every endeavor where people are able to be successful.

— Gregory Hines

It is clear that while our Army was engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia studied U.S. capabilities and vulnerabilities and embarked on an ambitious and largely successful modernization effort.

— H. R. McMaster

Consequences of linear thinking in Afghanistan and Iraq included overestimating indigenous forces’ capabilities, underestimating the enemy, and the associated expectation that the coalition could soon reduce force levels and shift to an exclusively advisory effort.

— H. R. McMaster

I was a weirdo. I think I wanted to be liked, but I didn’t have the attention or bother to actually make an effort to be. I also think I had a different perception of what I needed to do to be liked.

— Halsey

They have been saying for a long time that Iraq made an effort to import active uranium, and my colleague demonstrated the other day that they came to the conclusion that it was a fake document that everybody is relying upon.

— Hans Blix

My aim was to safeguard justice, without doing harm to our war effort.

— Hans Frank

Well, we are not doing that film actually. At least I am not at the moment, but we are making an effort to get it done I don’t know whether we’ll get the financing for it. The old story we had it, it fell out of place and this and that.

— Harvey Keitel

I enjoy those small chats you have when people come up and talk to you about your work. It only involves a few seconds of effort to be nice to those people, and I am very grateful for the kind words that people have taken the trouble to express to me in person.

— Helena Bonham Carter

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.

— Henry A. Wallace

I often find during a day of shooting I will speak in an American accent all day long when I’m doing dialogue. At the end of the day, it often takes an effort when I’m talking to my fiancee to bring my English back just because you’re so used to speaking that way.

— Henry Cavill

The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.

— Henry Rollins

I tend to gravitate to the darkest or most obscure part of any venue in an effort to have my own space to experience the music on my own, free from unwanted conversations and other distractions.

— Henry Rollins

While the crash only took place six months ago, I am convinced we have now passed the worst, and with continued unity of effort, we shall rapidly recover. There is one certainty of the future of a people of the resources, intelligence and character of the people of the United States – that is, prosperity.

— Herbert Hoover

From the point of the view of the nation’s power, it was obvious that while we were fighting the Sino-Japanese war, every effort was to be made to avoid adding to our enemies and opening additional fronts.

— Hideki Tojo

Every time I make a new game, I put all of my effort completely into that game. It’s like putting all your effort into a new child that’s being born. Once the project is done, I can step back and look at it objectively, which is when I can see a lot of flaws. That’s when I start to make a new game that tries to fix some of those flaws.

— Hideo Kojima

I have a lot of reason to believe, as we saw in the 2012 election, most Americans don’t agree with the extremists on any side of an issue, but there needs to continue to be an effort to find common ground, or even take it to higher ground on behalf of the future.

— Hillary Clinton

These rough sketches, which are born in an instant in the heat of inspiration, express the idea of their author in a few strokes, while on the other hand too much effort and diligence sometimes saps the vitality and powers of those who never know when to leave off.

— Giorgio Vasari

Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.

— Horace

If doing something with second-rate effort satisfies you, find something else to do – where only your best effort will satisfy you personally.

— Harry Kroto

Now that our troops are mired in a dangerous effort to defeat the insurgency and are also trying to help rebuild the country, Americans of all political persuasions simply want the United States to succeed and our troops to be as safe as possible.

— Harry Reid

Part of doing mash-ups is getting the legal rights to use the songs. If you’re going to do a mash-up with five songs, you should probably find 10 songs, because you’re only going to get half of them cleared. It’s a real collaborative effort.

— Harvey Mason, Jr.

Making a movie is like an accelerated version of growing up with someone. You spend so many hours a day with each other, and you’re putting your heart into this same effort.

— Halston Sage

Trying to build a spaceship by making an aeroplane fly faster and higher is like trying to build an aeroplane by making locomotives faster and lighter – with a lot of effort, perhaps you could get something that more or less works, but it really isn’t the right way to proceed.

— Henry Spencer

Reading is a huge effort for many people, a bore for others, and, believe it or not, many people prefer watching TV.

— Hugh Mackay

The last couple relationships I had were long distance. It’s not like I can make much of an effort to travel and see anybody. The guy had to do all the work, unfortunately.

— Holly Madison

I’ve not as yet found one hobby that would absorb me completely when I’m not working, but I have just bought a new apartment and didn’t quite bargain for the amount of effort and time and money that that absorbs.

— Hugh Dancy

There was nothing in all Douglas’s powerful effort that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature, while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords. Lincoln’s speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm of his audience to the end.

— Henry Villard

When it costs you the same amount of manufacturing effort to make advanced robotic parts as it does to manufacture a paperweight, that really changes things in a profound way.

— Hod Lipson

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.

— Igor Stravinsky

Although lynchings have steadily increased in number and barbarity during the last twenty years, there has been no single effort put forth by the many moral and philanthropic forces of the country to put a stop to this wholesale slaughter.

— Ida B. Wells

Being an individual takes effort. Most people are pretty lazy. And that’s OK! I mean, there are more important things than fashion. If it’s going to stress you out to have a sense of style, don’t do it. The important thing is to be comfortable so you can get on with your life.

— Iris Apfel

I absolutely consider fashion a form of art. Of course, there is some fashion that is not art at all – it’s utilitarian, made for the purpose of covering up. And there are a lot of people out there who put a lot of effort into looking awful. But there are also people putting the same amount of energy into making bad art.

— Iris Apfel

For those who are willing to make an effort, great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

My father values talent. He is colorblind and gender neutral. When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, excellence, and effort.

— Ivanka Trump

Television, they say, will permit a person to be entertained at home, without the effort of going to a picture house, without the trouble of booking seats, without the presence of other people.

— Ivor Novello

To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread.

— James A. Baldwin

Fires can’t be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

— James A. Baldwin

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.

— James Allen

I needed an outlet in high school and came across painting. I’ve actually been painting longer than I’ve been acting. A movie is a collaborative effort, and with painting you just have yourself.

— James Franco

Some degree of inequality in income and wealth, of course, would occur even with completely equal opportunity because variations in effort, skill, and luck will produce variations in outcomes.

— Janet Yellen

I don’t think the Tea Party people are racist, except maybe a tiny portion of them. But there has been a deliberate effort – again, referring to Fox Broadcasting – to inject the race issue into it. They have actually called Obama a racist on television.

— Jimmy Carter

Truth cannot be brought down rather, the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop, you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

A disagreement or incident involving someone who’s not that important to you, like a guy who cut you off in traffic or a rude cashier, is something that should roll off your shoulders. Save the effort for resolving conflicts with the people you cherish.

— Joel Osteen

We all live in the same house, we all must be part of the effort to hold down our little house. When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just… do something about it. Say something. Have the courage. Have the backbone. Get in the way. Walk with the wind. It’s all going to work out.

— John Lewis

The real color of my hair is mouse. I always want to be ginger, which I was when I was born, or blond, because I live in L.A., and I want to look like I go surfing without any physical effort.

— John Lydon

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

— John Ruskin

Taxes on capital, taxes on labor, inflation, bureaucratic regulation, minimum wage laws, are all – to different degrees – unnecessary slices of the wedge that stand between an individual’s effort and reward for that effort.

— Jack Kemp

There is absolutely no power in our human effort to live holy. It is only by His grace. And the result of receiving grace is we get better at living like Christ, which is something we all want, right?

— Joyce Meyer

Yes, the fullness of the gospel is a pearl of great price worth any effort.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

It wasn’t my plan to create such a record. All I did was put in the effort to win every match I played and it went on for weeks, months and years until my defeat to Ross Norman in Toulouse in 1986.

— Jahangir Khan

As I’ve told Tyler, there’s not a really easy place between being single and being married for us now. We’re just so busy that the logistics of our career make dating impossible. I think I’ll find a girl at some point that makes all of the extra work and effort that needs to be put into it worth it. But for right now, I just date my drums.

— Josh Dun

The capacity for people to kid themselves is huge. Living on illusions or delusions, and the re-establishing of these illusions or delusions requires a big effort to keep them from being seen through. But a very old idea is at work behind our current state of affairs: enantiodromia, or the Greek notion of things turning into their opposite.

— James Hillman

When you’re making a bigger movie, you have much bigger set pieces that require more time and more effort and more people.

— James Wan

Starbucks goes to a great effort, and pays twice as much for its coffee as its competitors do, and is very careful to help coffee producers in developing countries grow coffee without pesticides and in ways that preserve forest structure.

— Jared Diamond

What I’ve learned in my career is that it takes the same amount of effort to build a $10bn company as it does a $1bn company you as the entrepreneur are going to put your entire life, your entire effort into it.

— Jason Calacanis

All we have to do is find something we love doing each day, surround ourselves with like-minded people, and put all of our effort into that one thing at all times.

— Jason Calacanis

Team Obama continues to dominate new media, spending far more effort and money than Team Romney in targeted online youth outreach.

— Jennifer Granholm

In high school I became a vegetarian more times than I can now remember, most often as an effort to claim some identity in a world of people whose identities seemed to come effortlessly.

— Jonathan Safran Foer

I really didn’t try to make an effort to make urban music, but I am a product of my inspirations.

— Justin Timberlake

It was a blast. I was doing everything that teenagers do and everything people in their twenties do. I was playing as hard as I was working, which was an effort to really balance my life.

— Jason Bateman

I just find that the harder you work and the more effort you put into yourself, the better you’ll be.

— Jason Schwartzman

Within the Christian tradition, fundamentalism arose in the 19th century as an effort to push back against modern’ readings of the Bible that suggested everything in the text wasn’t true in some literal sense.

— Jay Parini

The best companies with the strongest credit ratings borrow like the United States: on a non-prioritized basis. This means that in the event of a default, all of their debts are of equal priority because lenders and creditors believe default is highly unlikely. And they spend considerable effort maintaining this status.

— John Delaney

Jack & Diane’ was originally about race. I was playing nightclubs, and I was seeing new American couples, mixed-race couples. I thought it was cool. The song was my effort to make a song about that, but of course the record-company guy didn’t like it.

— John Mellencamp

I am very fortunate. I am a glass-half-full eternal optimist type to the point of being a moron. But I would never presume to know how hard it goes for others. How, for some people, just getting though the day is an incredible effort that can hardly be borne.

— John Niven

I knew that you couldn’t make a living simply writing about the outdoors, so I made an effort from the beginning of my freelance career to write about other subjects.

— Jon Krakauer

Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.

— Julius Erving

I wish that the Democrats would put some effort into Social Security reform, illegal immigration’s reform, tax reform, or some of the other real issues that are out there.

— Jack Kingston

One of the main uses of a home is to stay in it, when one is too weak and spiritless for conforming, without effort, to the ways of other houses.

— Jane Welsh Carlyle

There’s something to be said about a girl who knows what she wants. One of my favorite girls to dress is Diane Kruger. It’s always so easy with her. I know her body and what works. When it’s right, it’s not a lot of effort.

— Jason Wu

People ask me if I ever see my father and I say yes, because he puts in the effort. He calls all the time to tell us he’s proud of us.

— Jenna Bush

Our top priority is our troops, who are making the extraordinary effort to fulfill the mission they have been given. Democrats will work with this Administration to better define that mission and a realistic expectation of success in Iraq.

— Jim Clyburn

Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts.

— Jose Bergamin

I believe in sex on a first date. Otherwise, how do you know if a second date is worth the effort?

— Jacki Weaver

My idea of writing is of unflinching and continual effort, somehow trying to find the right words until you reach a point where you can make no further progress and you either have something or you don’t.

— James Salter

I’ve made an effort to nurture the feminine in myself. I don’t mean overtly, but in terms of response to things.

— James Salter

And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it’s just been so worth the effort. It’s like I’m planting a garden in my head.

— Jane Campion

I am very busy, life is very busy, and I was, I think, a somewhat lazy friend. I love them, I know they love me, but I didn’t make much of an effort.

— Jane Green

With so much at risk, you might expect Australia to be at the forefront of the clean-energy revolution and the international effort to cut carbon pollution. After all, the continent’s vast, empty deserts were practically designed for solar-power installations.

— Jeff Goodell

Making the Hall of Fame has long been considered the top individual honor that one can achieve in any sport, but for me, I feel it is a culmination of all the input and effort afforded me from so many other people over the years that put me in this position today.

— Jerry Reinsdorf

It had not occurred to me that marriage requires the same effort as a career. And unlike a career, marriage requires a joint effort.

— Jessica Savitch

My main commitment is to Caudwell Children. I put more than £1m a year into the charity, besides a lot of time and effort.

— John Caudwell

Obviously, the death of Usama Bin Laden marked a strategic milestone in our effort to defeat al-Qa’ida. Unfortunately, Bin Laden’s death, and the death and capture of many other al-Qa’ida leaders and operatives, does not mark the end of that terrorist organization or its efforts to attack the United States and other countries.

— John O. Brennan

I think that we must come together progressively, with the British, the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians and with the new members of the European Union, we must make an effort to forge closer links.

— Jean-Pierre Raffarin

We like to engage in a normal publishing effort, which is to act in a responsible manner and make sure the material is not likely to harm anyone, that it is properly investigated by quality news organizations, and by lawyers and human rights groups and so on.

— Julian Assange

Well, there’s a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there’s a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that’s a really good signal that when the information gets out, there’s a hope of it doing some good.

— Julian Assange

I’m a dad now and whatever I’m doing in life I usually put a lot of effort into it – usually too much effort, so it kind of comes off ridiculous at times.

— Jeremy Sisto

I can sing fine and I can play guitar fine, but put ’em together and it becomes a thoughtful effort.

— Jerry Cantrell

Mr. Speaker, genocide is the most potent of all crimes against humanity because it is an effort to systematically wipe out a people and a culture as well as individual lives.

— Jerry Costello

It is during difficult times like this that the true American spirit reveals itself. I am not talking only of the response of local, state, and federal governments, although they will each play an extremely important role in this effort.

— Jo Bonner

In an effort to provide my constituents with information on how they can make contributions to a number of relief and humanitarian organizations, I have posted a short list of these groups and contact numbers on my Internet website.

— Jo Bonner

I have a very realistic image of what marriage should be. It takes effort, but it shouldn’t be the hardest thing that you do.

— Joanna Garcia

In the ongoing effort to combat Ebola, more needs to be done to rewrite the public-health narrative. It must move from one that has been infused with fear to one that recognizes the hope for survival that supportive care can offer infected people.

— Joanne Liu

The hours, minutes and seconds stand as visible reminders that your effort put them all there. Preserve until your next run, when the watch lets you see how Impermanent your efforts are.

— Joe Henderson

We need to strengthen our analytic capacity in Washington, we need to centralize the anti-terrorism effort.

— John Ashcroft

Any Reform Bill which is worth a moment’s thought, or the smallest effort to carry it, must at least double, and it ought to do much more than double, the representation of the metropolitan boroughs and of all the great cities of the United Kingdom.

— John Bright

Yet, if we accept the solution offered today by this bill to explore and develop for oil on the coastal plain of ANWR, it will be 5 years, at least, and probably closer to 8 before the first barrel of oil flows from that effort.

— John Olver

I probably didn’t put forth the effort I should have put forth, didn’t realize the value of education until I went to college.

— Jamie Moyer

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

— John Sergeant Wise

So I’m in that half-hour business where the most money is, so that eventually I feel like the people that put on the Dupont show, like maybe my artistic effort is going to be a little different.

— Jackie Cooper

I think a lot of trainers are forgetting to take care of themselves and focusing only on their clients. You see it with doctors, nurses, and caretakers. If you put too much effort into only helping others, you are neglecting yourself, and your health is the only thing that makes it possible for you to help others.

— Jessie Pavelka

You can’t kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications.

— James G. Stavridis

Interestingly, the American Embassy mentioned that our efficient relief effort has significantly improved the image of the United States among the Pakistani people.

— Jon Porter

It is to be deeply regretted that the clergymen would oppose an effort to teach the people the Bible truths nevertheless, we find much opposition everywhere, and many clergymen will attempt to prevent the people from reading what is here written.

— Joseph Franklin Rutherford

I joined the Aspen Institute, which is a terrific nonpartisan center. They have a wonderful effort that focuses on the impact of communications technology on society and our economy.

— Julius Genachowski

I don’t believe that there’s such a thing as objectivity in much of journalism, but I think there is a serious effort to and a regard for facts and into taking that stuff seriously is very important to the public discourse and it’s very important to democracy.

— Jann Wenner

With this realization, came a growing need for men and women willing to take up arms in an effort to protect our American way of life and the freedoms so many of our ancestors died to entrench.

— Jim Walsh

An activist is someone who makes an effort to see problems that are not being addressed and then makes an effort to make their voice heard. Sometimes there are so many things that it’s almost impossible to make your voice heard in every area, but you can sure try.

— Joanne Woodward

I have such thin skin, so I make a concerted effort to avoid reading anything about myself.

— Justin Long

When we are reporting the news, we make every effort to report it in as factual way as possible.

— Joshua Micah Marshall

It takes a long, hard effort and sustained determination to reduce crime. We will stay the course and we are confident that the numbers will continue to go down.

— Jack Johnson

The truth is, the sport of skiing takes so much effort, setting up and traveling with equipment, that you can only train for a certain number of days in the summer. Most of my peers ski between 40 to 60 days. I ski about 55 days.

— Julia Mancuso

I am pleased to see that information campaigns, such as the America’s WETLAND effort, are getting the message out, and people are beginning to realize that wetlands loss in Louisiana affects us all.

— John Breaux

Over the last decade, at considerable cost to me in money and effort, confronted with ridicule and intimidation, I have brought more than a dozen lawsuits challenging the corruption in the election process in Tennessee.

— John Jay Hooker

Tragically, the effort to make America and the world safer and to defend freedom around the world is not without an enormous cost to this Nation in terms primarily of lost lives and those who bear the scars and the wounds of war, and their families who must bear these losses.

— John Warner

I make no conscious effort to be tough, or hard-boiled, or grim, or any of the things I am usually called.

— James M. Cain

It is the duty and high privilege of every human being to endeavor to improve himself. Effort at self-improvement is the definition sometimes given for religion. It may relate to our actions or to our convictions. In our actions we should aim at goodness in our convictions, at truth.

— Joseph P. Bradley

My success is the team’s success. It’s one of those things to a certain degree that it’s effort and ability but also how I benefit from what my teammates do, and then it is up to me to perform.

— Jason Babin

Even though my work life is very intense, I make a conscious effort to be healthy.

— Jessica Scorpio

What I’ve been doing with my misfit, so-called acting career in film from day one on my first film, ‘Spanking The Monkey’, is, I’ve kind of made a concerted effort to hijack my acting career to turn it into film school, because I’ve always had the blasphemous idea of becoming a reasonably competent filmmaker in my own right some day.

— Jeremy Davies

I make a sincere effort to do some form of exercise every day, except for Sunday. That’s church and hang out day.

— Johanna Braddy

Further, science is a collaborative effort.

— John Bardeen

In the field of outdoor sports, the American boy is easily capable of devising his own amusements, and until some proof is adduced that baseball is not his invention, I protest against this systematic effort to rob him of his dues.

— John Montgomery Ward

I always say, ‘To have a big dream requires the same effort as having a small dream. Dream big!’

— Jorge Paulo Lemann

I’m reaching 87, trying to keep fit, presenting a vigorous figure, and it’s an effort, and is it worth the effort? I laugh at myself trying to keep a bold front. It’s become my habit. I just carry on.

— Lee Kuan Yew

The values that East Asian culture upholds, such as the primacy of group interests over individual interests, support the total group effort necessary to develop rapidly.

— Lee Kuan Yew

Science is the search for truth, that is the effort to understand the world: it involves the rejection of bias, of dogma, of revelation, but not the rejection of morality.

— Linus Pauling

That’s what makes Linux so good: you put in something, and that effort multiplies. It’s a positive feedback cycle.

— Linus Torvalds

The house of Austria has publicly used every effort to deprive the country of its legitimate Independence and Constitution, designing to reduce it to a level with the other provinces long since deprived of all freedom, and to unite all in a common sink of slavery.

— Lajos Kossuth

Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Shouldn’t you put the same amount of effort into your giving as you might for your for-profit investments? After all, philanthropy is an investment, and one in which lives – not profits – are at stake.

— Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

That’s all small talk is – a quick way to connect on a human level – which is why it is by no means as irrelevant as the people who are bad at it insist. In short, it’s worth making the effort.

— Lynn Coady

Extension work is not exhortation. Nor is it exploitation of the people, or advertising of an institution, or publicity work for securing students. It is a plain, earnest, and continuous effort to meet the needs of the people on their own farms and in the localities.

— Liberty Hyde Bailey

In 1967, the world health community launched a global effort to eradicate smallpox. It took a coordinated, worldwide effort, required the commitment of every government, and cost $130 million dollars. By 1977, smallpox had disappeared.

— Liya Kebede

The financial crisis in our country is not a passing storm. Given the size of the problems, our national effort will not be completed in 2012. It will take many years and will require the efforts and insistence of several governments.

— Lucas Papademos

What works for me is a little bit of training and sensible eating. You know, the Cameron Diaz’s of the world put a lot of effort into it! But you can’t have it all – I like going out for dinner with my husband I like meeting my mates at Starbucks!

— Louise Nurding

It is easy to make stuff up – and easy to dig up information and repeat it or report it to others. But to find a real life story with real people in real life situations is quite difficult and time-consuming. Yet, the rewards are worth the effort.

— Lee Gutkind

When the music is physically demanding, I want to make sure that the effort involved is put across to the audience through physical gesture.

— Leila Josefowicz

To be sure, governments will remain critical to any comprehensive effort to save our planet.

— Lawrence Bender

What I can’t quite see at this stage is that the evidence, even to the president, seems to be that clear. And if it is that clear, I can’t understand why we are not capable of convincing our closest allies that given that evidence, they ought to join us in this effort.

— Lawrence Eagleburger

I actually made an effort to reject acting, to shove it out of my body, because I didn’t want my kids to have an actress as a mother-to have, like, a silly person.

— Lisa Kudrow

The most effort you should expend should be cooking. If you could cook while lying on a couch, that would be perfect.

— Liz Tuccillo

When I see other people out there, involved, and really giving their time and effort for the kids, then I don’t mind giving my time and effort for the kids as well.

— LaMarr Woodley

While the web is very much the first draft of history, a rough-cut, it still has to be good journalism, well-sourced, reliable. Clearly, the printed form is going to have more effort put into it, going to be more reflective and relevant.

— Lionel Barber

Our team at Duolingo is really cohesive, but this did not just happen. I made a concerted effort to hire people who are going to play nice.

— Luis von Ahn

Halcyon people have put aside and left their homes, their million dollar salaries, full professorships at major universities, and fully seed-funded startup companies to be part of this effort.

— Luke Nosek

I got into writing in college… well, in elementary school. But in college, I started writing seriously and had a professor who read my writing and gave me permission to pursue that as a real effort and time-consuming effort.

— Lauren Holmes

No matter how well a person writes, a successful book is a team effort involving many, many people.

— Linda Lael Miller

Technique! The very word is like a shriek of outraged Art. It is the idiot name given to effort by those who are too weak, too weary, or too dull to play the game. The mighty have no theory of technique.

— Leonard Bacon

Effort should be made to see that the forum-type programs (the ‘Today Show,’ ‘Meet the Press,’ etc.) afford at least as much opportunity for supporters of the American system to participate as these programs do for those who attack it.

— Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.

— Lewis H. Lapham

Basically, discipline, effort, patience and courage are hugely important core values for kids to grow up embracing.

— Karen Salmansohn

To be an artist includes much one must possess many gifts – absolute gifts – which have not been acquired by one’s own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist much possess the courageous soul.

— Kate Chopin

When I see films made from books, I make a huge effort not to remember the book. It’s important to see the film as a film.

— Kazuo Ishiguro

As long as you give your best effort, I feel like that’s all you can do.

— Kawhi Leonard

These days, we are scrutinised by everybody. Girls in the industry put a lot of effort into it. You can’t be overdressed or underdressed, your make up has to be subtle and there’s a lot of brainstorming that goes into it.

— Kriti Sanon

If you take all the factories in the world today, they could make all the parts necessary to build more factories like themselves. So, in a sense, we have a self-replicating industrial system today, but it would take a tremendous effort to copy what we already have.

— K. Eric Drexler

I’m not particularly good at page layouts. I make an effort to stay out of the way of the artist. What I’ll try to express instead is, ‘What we’re going for here on this page is the idea of the containment of these women’s bodies. So I want them framed as though they’re bursting out of the panel borders.’

— Kelly Sue DeConnick

Going into the second arc, I’m making a conscious effort to do something I say I never do, which is to change my style because of feedback. I’m trying to make ‘Pretty Deadly’ more accessible by being more clear in the writing.

— Kelly Sue DeConnick

We’re not going to pay attention to the silliness and the petty comments. And quite frankly, women have joined me in this effort, and so it’s not about appearances. It’s about effectiveness.

— Katherine Harris

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.

— Kenneth Tynan

When you work in TV, it’s such a group effort, it’s not about you.

— Kylie Minogue

I went to go see ‘Final Destination’ which you have to be 17 and over to see and they’re like ‘Uh, we need to see your I.D.’ Here’s the really funny thing is that I actually had done my hair and makeup that day. If I don’t do my hair and makeup I can understand it but I had actually made an effort to look older.

— Kay Panabaker

Nelson McCormack on ‘Killing Kennedy’ was really terrific because I wrote the script, and he had some terrific ideas. We went over the script together, and I was with him on set. So it was a collaborative effort.

— Kelly Masterson

While countless Americans are pulling together to lend a helping hand, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pointing fingers in a shameless effort to tear us apart.

— Ken Mehlman

I don’t want to give too much of it away, because I haven’t cleared it with Bob, but the treatment is twenty years, and she, in an effort to protect herself faked her death and did a series of things regarding Dr. Loomis, who has died, because Michael Myers was after her.

— Kevin Williamson

I think that a president needs to have a variety of views presented. But also, there has to be a team effort, because otherwise, I think it creates a dissonance and difficulty.

— Madeleine Albright

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

— Mahatma Gandhi

I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.

— Mahatma Gandhi

There is no force like success, and that is why the individual makes all effort to surround himself throughout life with the evidence of it as of the individual, so should it be of the nation.

— Marcus Garvey

Leaders at the highest levels of our government are undertaking a deliberate and systematic effort to redefine our government, our economy and our country.

— Marco Rubio

The fans never send me crazy things. They send me things that they put so much time and effort into making, and they are so amazing.

— Mariah Carey

If we think we have ours and don’t owe any time or money or effort to help those left behind, then we are a part of the problem rather than the solution to the fraying social fabric that threatens all Americans.

— Marian Wright Edelman

God is limitless in His love, and asks that we at least make the effort to be limitless in ours.

— Marianne Williamson

Try to see the good in others. When you’re tempted to judge someone, make an effort to see their goodness. Your willingness to look for the best in people will subconsciously bring it forth.

— Marianne Williamson

Many of us have spent a lifetime trying to be what we’re not, feeling lousy about ourselves when we fail and sometimes even when we succeed. We hide our differences when, by accepting and celebrating them, we could collaborate to make every effort more exciting, productive, enjoyable, and powerful. Personally, I think we should start right now.

— Martha Beck

I’m not against government involvement in times of need. I am for recognizing that big public companies will continue to cut jobs in an effort to prop up stock prices, which in turn stimulates the need for more government involvement.

— Mark Cuban

As to the number of novels I’ve abandoned… I shudder to think. I have thrown away five completed novels, and that’s a gruesome enough figure. But not necessarily a waste of effort.

— Mark Haddon

Our thoughts about an event can have a dramatic effect on how we go through the event itself. When our expectations are low, it’s easy to be pleasantly surprised. When they’re not, we’re vulnerable to painful disappointment. Because of this, many people spend a good deal of effort trying to avoid developing high hopes about anything.

— Martha Beck

Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

— Mark Twain

As an actor, you know there are things you get asked to do that you do quite well, with less effort.

— Martin Freeman

Every one of us is different in some way, but for those of us who are more different, we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing they can, just differently.

— Marlee Matlin

Every one of us is different in some way but for those of us who are more ‘different,’ we have to put more effort into convincing the less different that we can do the same thing as they can… just differently.

— Marlee Matlin

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

— Michael Jordan

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

— Michael Jordan

Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game, and in some ways that’s about life too.

— Michael Jordan

End strength’ – the total number of government employees you can have at the end of the year. That’s a separate exercise and requires independent energy, independent effort with the Congress to get the ceiling of your government employees raised.

— Michael Hayden

Talent and effort, combined with our various backgrounds and life experiences, has always been the lifeblood of our singular American genius.

— Michelle Obama

I realized very early in life what my abilities and limitations were, and foreign languages was definitely one of my limitations. With strenuous effort, I just barely passed my French class at Harvard so I could graduate.

— Michio Kaku

This is a global effort we’re going to have to lead to overcome this jihadist effort. It’s more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay, and he will die.

— Mitt Romney

Still, it can be more effective to accomplish what you need to accomplish with the minimum effort. Watch Anthony Hopkins. He doesn’t appear to be doing anything. He is so still that you can’t see him working, but you are drawn into his character through his very stillness.

— Morgan Freeman

Back in 1999 and 2000, a few of us… a very few of us… Douglas Clegg, Seth Godin and I… offered free electronic copies of our books in an effort to reach an audience we otherwise wouldn’t have reached and to test out a new marketing concept for books. Despite the industry screaming we were crazy, it worked.

— M. J. Rose

I do think that there are people who are able to connect with and empathize with anyone who is going through something difficult, just naturally. I don’t think it’s a world of effort for everyone.

— Mahershala Ali

When you’ve been touched by sadness and grief, it makes you vulnerable. And because I am vulnerable, I try to be positive. And when I say ‘try,’ I really do mean try, because it’s an effort.

— Marie Helvin

The brain’s calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness.

— Marilyn Ferguson

The first arrival of earthly life on another celestial body ranks as an epochal event not only for our generation, but in the history of our planet. Neil Armstrong was at the cusp of the Apollo programme. This was a collective technological effort of epic scale, but his is the one name sure to be remembered centuries hence.

— Martin Rees

From the things I’ve read, I think I’ve been portrayed in kind of a way that makes me look like I don’t put an effort into winning. I think that’s completely the wrong portrayal of the person I am.

— Matt Harvey

What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in a craven, cynical effort to stir up hatred and anger on both sides.

— Matt Taibbi

There are people to whom heroism under fire comes naturally and seemingly without effort, but Patton was not one of them.

— Michael Korda

We think there should be a better countering-violent-extremism effort, that there should be a lead agency tasked to handle that.

— Mike McCaul

When you come to America, it’s a very serious thing. It’s not like you arrive and they say, ‘Hey, come on! Do movies!’ I can’t just be hopping around. I have to focus and be still and make sure that I put the time and effort in. Because if I don’t, I could lose it like that.

— Maggie Q

If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort.

— Mahavira

We must continue to have voting rights in the state, not to politicize this, but they must have a voice in the rebuilding effort in the community from which they have been displaced.

— Marc Morial

Shoes are the first thing I notice on a man. I like classic styles – not too square, not too pointy, not too fashiony. There’s a fine line between too much and too little effort.

— Margherita Missoni

I was raised with the idea of maximum effort: as long as you could look in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it everything I had,’ it was OK. But if you gave it less, that would disgrace you.

— Mark Harmon

I think any advocate who is effective has fully acquainted himself or herself with the legislator they are going to meet. Know what committees they are on, what issues they are interested in, all in an effort to build a bridge for communicating with them.

— Mark Shields

Screenwriting is a much more collaborative effort. When you write a novel, it’s just you, with input from your editor.

— Meg Cabot

Just by nature, I think in comedy. I think in sketches and what have you. In every drama or action movie I’ve been in, I have to make a concerted effort not to turn it into a comedy. Every shot, before action is called and after cut is called, I’m usually in some goofy head space. It feels natural to me.

— Michael Jai White

Probably most dying patients, even when suffering greatly, would choose to live as long as possible. That courage and grace should be protected and honored, and we should put every effort into treating their symptoms.

— Marcia Angell

I’m a Vietnam veteran. I was here when there was no public support, not just for the effort in Vietnam, for the mission in Vietnam, but for our men and women in uniform.

— Michael Mullen

I call it the ‘House of Reprehensibles.’ We don’t have any real political resistance to this growth of the domestic state across the board. So I’m much more focused on that than on the Patriot Act, which is a real effort, however inept, to deal with a real problem.

— M. Stanton Evans

With all this rehab, for me just to walk was a huge effort. I had to re-learn how to walk again after the stroke. And all the rehab and all the effort shows the mental determination times 10 to keep serving.

— Mark Kirk

Much of modern molecular biology and microbiology has been based on the effort to decipher the basic code of life, which is made up of four nucleotides: adenine, thymine, cytosine, and guanine.

— Michael Specter

When it comes to wilderness animals we have to make an effort to preserve what areas we can that they can be themselves in. Its come to a point though, clearly, where some species have to be cared for by humans if they are not going to disappear altogether.

— Matthew Fox

If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.

— Mike Schmidt

I think the Obama administration, whether it’s in his first term or second term, is totally committed to the search for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and we greatly appreciate the president’s effort, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the first administration, now Secretary of State John Kerry.

— Michael Oren

If anything, I’m constantly trying to figure out how to look chic with the minimal effort required because I’m constantly packing. My off-duty style is always influenced by my mood.

— Martha Hunt

I grew up in a military family, and there’s something about that military-style uniform, all cleaned up, a brutal control effort the military necessarily breeds.

— Max Cannon

Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there – or failing to get there.

— Max Lerner

I used to pride myself on being the first in the office in the morning and one of the last to leave at night. Now, that’s so dated: It’s not about effort, it’s about outcomes.

— Maynard Webb

I think there’s an ongoing effort involved in trying to get a bigger perspective, trying to let go of things that limit your capacity to love and be loved or your capacity to hear and to really speak.

— Meg Ryan

I’m hoping that maybe I can be part of a disaster relief effort, something that’s real life. That’s kind of what I do anytime I stop working: ‘OK, what’s something that you’ve really wanted to do?’

— Missy Peregrym

Men’s need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it.

— Marilyn French

When I’m driving I should make more of an effort with my iPod, but I’m too lazy to organise a playlist.

— Mark Webber

About 10 years ago, in an effort to gain a better grasp on McCone’s world, I took up the hobby of building fully electrified scale models: first of the legal cooperative where she started out, and then of her own brown-shingled cottage, a pursuit that the more tactful of my friends label unusual, and that the more blunt refer to as obsessive.

— Marcia Muller

I agree that we must expand opportunities for retirement saving, but we must not undermine this worthy effort with a flawed privatization scheme that takes the ‘security’ out of Social Security.

— Mary Landrieu

If I’m in work mode and going to meetings, I’ll make an effort and dress up, but when I’m at home or just chilling, I’m in beanies and jeans and sneakers.

— Maia Mitchell

It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort… to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.

— Michael Moss

I have to be my own artist. I need the world to know who I am, especially for music. When it comes to acting, that is a whole other story. I have no complaints that’s a team effort. It’s not just me, it’s everyone. But when it comes to music, it is solo that’s all me.

— Mitchel Musso

You know, in a business, you have to operate on the basis of voluntary investment by individuals in a cause. With government, there is no voluntary effort to invest capital. It’s just taken and invested. And the same accountability is not at play. The same natural forces in the economy are not at play.

— Mike Lee

I do NOT think that PC gaming is over… it will always be the choice of the gaming enthusiast who is willing to put in the extra effort for a richer, more rewarding experience.

— Mike Wilson

An organized effort is making to deceive the people. There are two great enemies of thought and progress, the aristocracy of royalty and the aristocracy of gold.

— Mary Elizabeth Lease

If you’re trying to impress a girl, go with something that doesn’t look like you’re trying to impress, but you should still make an effort. It goes back to what you’re comfortable with. Look like you’re there with interest.

— Matthew Daddario

People really are looking for this perfect sort of dream person, but it’s hard to go out every night or make the effort to meet people in your hometown, if you haven’t already met them all. Online there’s this infinite possibility of meeting this person who, no matter where they live, you’re meant to be with.

— Nev Schulman

Despite the value of open data, most labs make no systematic effort to share data with other scientists.

— Michael Nielsen

Yet, I am convinced that there is a need for high quality software, and the time will come when it will be recognized that it is worth investing effort in its development and in using a careful, structured approach based on safe, structured languages.

— Niklaus Wirth

Because, if one is writing novels today, concentrating on the beauty of the prose is right up there with concentrating on your semi-colons, for wasted effort.

— Neil Gaiman

The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.

— Nelson Mandela

When I first got to New York, Comedy Central was the only place to go if you weren’t on HBO or network. And then FX, Adult Swim, and other sort of ventures came up, and all of a sudden there were other places to go, and I think Comedy Central is making a concerted effort to become a place where smart, funny weirdoes can come and do their stuff.

— Nick Kroll

Everyone who is critical of Israeli policy is deluged by crazed messages intended to flood their email system or, more insidiously, passwords are accessed and messages sent out under their name! I’m sure it’s illegal. It’s also an effort to undermine free speech.

— Noam Chomsky

The effort to try to present the Social Security program as if it’s a major problem, that’s just a hidden way of trying to undermine and destroy it.

— Noam Chomsky

Pakistan will never be able to match the Indian militarily, and the effort to do so is taking an immense toll on the society.

— Noam Chomsky

Every time there has been an effort by the Haitian people to overcome the misery and poverty that comes from 200 years of bitter attacks, really bitter, the U.S. steps in and blocks it.

— Noam Chomsky

For decades in America, there has been an effort to ensure that the rights of those who are not sane are the same as the rights of those who are.

— P. J. O’Rourke

As often as you fail, get up and try again. God will never let you down, so long as you don’t let Him down, and so long as you make the effort.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

— Paul J. Meyer

John’s time and effort were, in the main, spent on pretty honorable stuff. As for the other side, well, nobody’s perfect, nobody’s Jesus. And look what they did to him.

— Paul McCartney

A free economy and strong communities honor the dignity of every person, rewarding effort with justice, promoting upward mobility, and building solidarity among citizens.

— Paul Ryan

You’re always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort.

— Paulo Coelho

I went over before the British Open and played Valderrama thinking that I might make the team, might be a captain’s pick. I made the effort to go over there.

— Payne Stewart

The fans can accept a poor performance, but they won’t take it when you choose not to put in the effort.

— Pep Guardiola

I think anything that requires real global breakthroughs requires a degree of intensity and sustained effort that cannot be done part time, so it’s something you have to do around the clock, and that doesn’t compute with our existing educational system.

— Peter Thiel

The greater the effort, the greater the glory.

— Pierre Corneille

I feel a distaste for hunting, first because of a kind of Buddhist respect for the unity and sacredness of all life, and also because the pursuit of a hare or chamois strikes me as a kind of ‘escape of energy,’ that is, the expenditure of our effort in an illusory end, one devoid of profit.

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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

— Plato

I love working with new directors. There’s so much drive and effort. It still comes down to the character for me, but if it’s a character I really want to play, I would never not do the project because of a new director.

— Pauley Perrette

I’m saying this as a Republican: In the White House, the effort that goes in and wherever these decisions are made, as to limit civilian casualties, is more probably than any in the history of the world, especially when you consider the history of warfare.

— Peter T. King

There should be no effort, consciously or otherwise, that will lead to the erosion of institutional credibility and authority.

— Pratibha Patil

I didn’t understand in the beginning that the editor didn’t want me to know the author. I’d make an effort to meet the author, but it would end up being a disaster because then I had the author telling me what I should be doing.

— Peter Sis

The way we work at Pixar is we write the script, but then we quickly move on into story reel, which is basically like a comic-book version of the film. And then we do our own dialogue and music and sound effects, all in an effort to be able to basically sit in the theater and watch the movie before we shoot it, essentially.

— Pete Docter

The remediableness criterion is an effort to deal symmetrically with real world institutions, both public and private, warts and all. The criterion is this: an extant mode of organization for which no superior feasible form of organization can be described and implemented with expected net gains is presumed to be efficient.

— Oliver E. Williamson

No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.

— Oprah Winfrey

Our visions are the plans of the possible life structure, but they will end in plans if we do not follow them up with a vigorous effort to make them real, just as the architect’s plans will end in his drawings if they are not followed up and made real by the builder.

— Orison Swett Marden

If a thing seems to you worth working for at all, if it appears to you of moment enough to challenge any effort, then put into what you do all the enthusiasm of which you are capable, regardless of criticism.

— Orison Swett Marden

Existence is the privilege of effort, and when that privilege is met like a man, opportunities to succeed along the line of your aptitude will come faster than you can use them.

— Orison Swett Marden

Life is about balance, and we all have to make the effort in areas that we can to enable us to make a difference.

— Orlando Bloom

Endless effort, endless humility, endless modesty.

— Rain

I’m a happy person. Sometimes, I have to make a conscious effort to stay happy. See, my predispositions are – as opposed to what you see – I’m actually quite a sensitive person, very empathetic, very emotional… Very impulsive.

— Ranveer Singh

I definitely was in the sequined, bedazzled era. We would put blue eye shadow up our eyebrows and glitter all over our faces. I probably put more effort into my skating outfits than my clothes.

— Rachel McAdams

My thing is, I like to do things as long as they’re relatively fluid or easy. Not to say that there isn’t any effort involved in making something happen, but I don’t like to push things or force things too much.

— Reggie Watts

If one committee controlled your entire budget, I think you might make some effort to build up personal relationships. I think it is a no-brainer.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen

I think there is a direct correlation between interest shown by a member of Congress on these projects and the progress that is made. I think it gives the Superfund effort some credibility, lets citizens know we are serious about these cleanups.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen

When the federal government gets around to cleaning up their lists, I am sure we’ll take another look at the Lowey amendment. But until then, this effort will continue to have bipartisan opposition.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen

When President Obama first unveiled his gun control proposals recommending a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and better background checks, there seemed to be momentum behind the effort. But then the proposals ran into a wall.

— Robert Dallek

The so-called second New Deal of 1935 – including the Works Progress Administration, Social Security and the Wagner Act legalizing union labor – represented an effort to meet the rising voices demanding a more aggressive government approach to the collapse of national prosperity.

— Robert Dallek

We must enforce the laws we have on the books, secure our borders, and deny special benefits to illegal immigrants such as in-state tuition rates. This approach is best for American citizens and is fair to those who have taken the time and effort to go through the legal immigration process.

— Ron DeSantis

When Americans support using our military abroad, they want to see a clear plan. They want to know what they need to do and when – and policymakers want to know that there’s broad public support for the effort.

— Ron DeSantis

Or the Department of Education and another ministry were worried about duplication of effort, so what did they do? They set up two committees to look into duplication and neither knew what the other was up to. It really is a world beyond parody.

— Rory Bremner

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all have a stake in ensuring that all students have the schools they deserve and that communities are leading this effort, not being left behind. To do that, we must challenge unchecked charter expansion and the forces driving it.

— Randi Weingarten

It takes a strong effort on the part of each American Indian not to become Europeanized. The strength for this effort can only come from the traditional ways, the traditional values that our elders retain.

— Russell Means

It is one thing to train officers on fighting crime. It is a whole other thing to train them to build friendships and relationships, which are integral to fighting crime. This takes time, effort, and patience on the part of police officers.

— Rahm Emanuel

During the 1980s, when Japan’s economy was roaring and people were writing books with titles like ‘Japan is Number One,’ most Japanese college students didn’t make the effort to become fluent in English.

— Rebecca MacKinnon

I made a conscious effort to focus on television so I could stay in Los Angeles, so I wasn’t on a location all over the world doing movies.

— Rob Lowe

I’ve always been very one-sided about science, and when I was younger, I concentrated almost all my effort on it.

— Richard P. Feynman

It is easy to overlook the importance of the young in underdeveloped countries. It is the natural course for nations, and diplomats, and those who publish newspapers, to speak to the established order. Seeking out the young requires a conscious effort.

— Robert Kennedy

I explain the law of compensation like this: ‘Returns are minimal in spite of massive effort at the start, yet returns can be massive with minimal effort over time.

— Robert Kiyosaki

Vegas is famous for a lot of things, and bad marriages are one of them. Margo and I are proof that you can make this work. It just takes a little effort.

— Ron White

When you don’t behave the way liberals think you should, their effort and their intention to control you compounds.

— Rush Limbaugh

The effort of every time I put out a video, it was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got to put it on my Facebook, I’ve got to put it on my website, what’s the view count now? What’s the view count now? What’s the view count now?’ You get obsessive with it.

— Rachel Bloom

At Lackland Air Force Base, they make an effort to retrain military dogs that suffer from PTSD. It’s a lengthy, long process. The treatment is much the same as it would be for people, but it’s a difficult road back.

— Robert Crais

Remember, what does ‘retirement’ mean? It doesn’t mean that you’re a couch potato. Leisure is not the same thing as rest. If you’re bicycling five miles a day, that’s leisure, but it certainly takes a lot of effort.

— Robert Fogel

But since September 11, we have made every effort to try to work closely with state and local law enforcement.

— Robert Mueller

Without bureaus, committees, officials or emissaries to manufacture sentiment in his favor, without intrigue or effort on his part, Grant is the candidate whose supporters have never threatened to bolt.

— Roscoe Conkling

One of the hardest things to believe is that anyone will abandon the effort to escape a charge of murder. It is extremely important to suspend disbelief on that. If you don’t, the story is spoiled.

— Rex Stout

Writing and reading fiction is, I think, a human effort to make sense of the world.

— Robin Hobb

If people take the film and screen it whenever possible for their social and professional networks, we can continue to make a difference. It is one more element we have to use in the ongoing effort to take back our country.

— Robert Greenwald

I mean, the world has already done a big, big effort to forget debt to countries heavily indebted and with low income. And that has given good chances to countries to get out of poverty.

— Rodrigo Rato

Were there contacts over time between Iraq and al-Qaeda? Yes, there were efforts made to communicate. We found no evidence of collaboration in any effort to mount any kind of operation against the United States’ interests.

— Richard Ben-Veniste

Usually, those persons closest to the incoming President will be the main leaders of the Transition effort. They are most familiar with his policies and practices, and are able to interpret his wishes regarding the structure and staffing of the new Administration.

— Richard V. Allen

I guess if I was made responsible for every single line of dialogue in a game and every single piece of textual visual detail, every sign or piece of graffiti, then yes, I think that would be comparable to the time and effort required to write a very long novel, indeed.

— Richard K. Morgan

When families observe a later, deeper stage of cult involvement they may find it necessary to consider the involvement of a professional such as myself in an intervention effort.

— Rick Ross

I’m definitely still putting effort into my lyrics, for them to be emotional and tell a story.

— Robert Coppola Schwartzman

Open access is good, but we have to have ways and means where content that has been generated with a lot of effort and cost also gets the chance to monetise itself as is now beginning to happen in the West where some publications are really beginning to make their Internet revenue lines and subscription revenue lines quite significant.

— Raghav Bahl

I think that quite often you can only find a choice between bad and worse. But I think it’s worth making the effort, and I like to expose my characters to that sort of situation.

— Robert Jordan

Whatever requires an undue amount of thought or trouble or involves a large expenditure of effort and causes our whole life to revolve, as it were, around solicitude for the flesh must be avoided by Christians.

— Saint Basil

But communication is two-sided – vital and profound communication makes demands also on those who are to receive it… demands in the sense of concentration, of genuine effort to receive what is being communicated.

— Roger Sessions

I think that it’s important for every single person, no matter what they do in life, to participate in the well-being of humanity and the planet. Don’t let a year go by knowing you didn’t make an effort to do something – no matter how small – outside your own problems and drama.

— Salma Hayek

We apply our effort to be mindful, to be aware in this very moment, right here and now, and we bring a very wholehearted effort to it. This brings concentration. It is this power of concentration that we use to cut through the world of surface appearances to get to a much deeper reality.

— Sharon Salzberg

Meditation is not the construction of something foreign, it is not an effort to attain and then hold on to a particular experience. We may have a secret desire that through meditation we will accumulate a stockpile of magical experiences, or at least a mystical trophy or two, and then we will be able to proudly display them for others to see.

— Sharon Salzberg

Research has shown that it takes 31 days of conscious effort to make or break a habit. That means, if one practices something consistently for 31 days, on the 32nd day it does become a habit. Information has been internalised into behavioural change, which is called transformation.

— Shiv Khera

CNN, a part of the Time Warner company, lives for news about everything and anyone. In the office, the bosses openly discuss the need for a diverse staff and diverse stories, and each time we draw new viewers, the effort intensifies.

— Soledad O’Brien

In fact, I believe the first companies that make an effort to develop an authentic, transparent, and meaningful social contract with their fans and customers will turn out to be the ones that are the most successful in the future. While brands that refuse to make the effort will lose stature and customer loyalty.

— Simon Mainwaring

I am like the sick sheep that strays from the rest of the flock. Unless the Good Shepherd takes me on His shoulders and carries me back to His fold, my steps will falter, and in the very effort of rising, my feet will give way.

— St. Jerome

Belief comes spontaneously as well as by effort. Belief is power. An insincere and uninspired seeker is aware of the truth that belief is power, but he cannot go beyond understanding or awareness whereas a sincere, genuine, devoted and surrendered seeker knows that belief is dynamic power, and he has this power as his very own.

— Sri Chinmoy

President Obama had voiced strong support for the effort in Afghanistan during his campaign, pledging to add two brigades, which he did. But since the inauguration… the administration had signaled that the U.S. commitment needed careful assessment, and we needed to recalibrate the strategy and objectives.

— Stanley A. McChrystal

Your first projects aren’t the greatest things in the world, and they may have no money value, they may go nowhere, but that is how you learn – you put so much effort into making something right if it is for yourself.

— Steve Wozniak

Decades of futile effort have not dampened my bold aspirations to save the nation. Born in a late age, I have not been able to witness the golden rule of Yao and Shun and other sage emperors of ancient China. Instead, my heart grieves at the suffering of the Chinese people under the cruel exploitation of the Tartar Slaves.

— Sun Yat-sen

Back in Israel, I would spend much effort and plenty of money on presents when I went abroad, even if it was only for two days.

— Sayed Kashua

We’re all capable of being more than we presently are, and the effort that it takes and the will that it takes and sometimes the trauma and tragedy that it takes to force us into that kind of growth is the story of our lives.

— Scott Derrickson

I wish there were a hundred services with which I could easily look at such a book it would have saved me a lot of time, and it would have spared Google a tremendous amount of effort.

— Sergey Brin

My methods produce lasting behavioral change without unpleasant consequences, because the change does not come from an effort of will. It comes from examining your deep-rooted beliefs of who you are and how the world functions. As you examine these beliefs and make changes in them, you literally become a different person.

— Srikumar Rao

In this perfect world, there are certain imperfections that catch your eye. That’s what works for me. I don’t concentrate on being perfect, but instead put that effort behind my craft and being true to myself. I don’t conform to pressures outside of me. I am confident about myself.

— Sonakshi Sinha

I thought that that was an effort to inject a popular element, a democratic element into the selection of a person who, once he is selected and confirmed, is beyond electoral control.

— Stephen Breyer

I was never going to be a rocket scientist. But I found the field that I was blessed to be able to do, and I just put my whole effort into that.

— Sonny Bill Williams

Because Iran understands Afghanistan far better than Americans do, making Iran a partner in a long-term effort to transform Afghan agriculture makes sense.

— Stephen Kinzer

From childhood, I have been more of a musician than a singer. People close to me know how much effort I put into practising. Even when I am travelling, I have my tanpura on my iPhone.

— Sonu Nigam

Number two, we’re going to play with a lot of effort. Our guys are going to be in such good shape that fatigue is not going to be a problem. We’re going to play with full effort from snap to whistle on every play the entire game.

— Steve Spurrier

Unless I really make an effort, I quite enjoy looking a bit off and something looking a bit wrong. That’s how I feel most comfortable. If anything, it’s just because I’m, like, very scatty and not very good at putting stuff together.

— Suki Waterhouse

A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.

— Steve Berry

The writer has two kinds of faith: actual writing and sitting openly. Have faith in your personal effort or sweat. And faith in God, or whatever you want to call it. Then the voices will come. Faith is the big deal.

— Suzan-Lori Parks

The Veteran’s History Project, a nationwide volunteer effort to collect oral histories from America’s war veterans, provides an avenue to do just that. Now in its fifth year, the Project has collected more than 40,000 individual stories.

— Spencer Bachus

In ’77 there was no Internet, there was no Twitter or Facebook, and I think that, without being some old git who hates anything new, people’s attention spans are too short. Back then you had ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘Melody Maker,’ and you had to make the effort to go to a show so that you absorbed the culture of music.

— Steve Jones

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

— Sue Kelly

There is no problem that is not improved by effort, and no effort that is too paltry to be worth undertaking.

— Sam Waterston

Although strength should fail, the effort will deserve praise. In great enterprises the attempt is enough.

— Sextus Propertius

The legacy of slavery comes from the sustained political, legal and economic effort to link permanently an entire group of people to poverty – and to mystify that systematic disenfranchisement by making up something called race, which could serve as a distraction.

— Sarah Churchwell

I have learned to make a lot of effort and sacrifice for this sport, and now I can say it’s paying me back. So it is important to always show determination and effort on the pitch.

— Stephan El Shaarawy

There’s been a deliberate and systematic effort to convey to countries around the world, friends and foes, that if they cross the United States there’s a price to pay.

— Sandy Berger

I will say this: the first film that I was on was ‘In the Heat of the Night’, that Norman Jewison directed with Sidney Poitier. I’m on the set, and I’m totally taking it for granted. Everyone is working for everyone else and pulling for the very best, and it makes everyone better because you feel that effort and concern and appreciation.

— Scott Wilson

I came to the big city and I started to get involved in the punk scene and stuff, and I wanted to sort of brand myself. I made a pretty conscious effort to be a different type of person.

— Seth

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

— Steven Weinberg

If I want to make something known, I have to make a concerted effort to get the word out. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, only has to say something, and it’s tomorrow’s headlines.

— Tim Finchem

It is not only our duty to America, but also to Ireland. We could not hope to succeed in our effort to make Ireland a Republic without the moral and material support of the liberty-loving citizens of these United States.

— Thomas Francis Meagher

In live action, sometimes a mood or a feeling can go on for quite a while. Animation is a lot more effort. There are a lot more notes.

— Thomas Newman

John Cleese was with a group called Cambridge Circus, who had come to New York, and we became friends. Years later that produced a certain team effort.

— Terry Gilliam

We also had good software in the key categories and more focus on the gameplaying capability, so more of the marketing effort was targeted at game customers.

— Trip Hawkins

Because Jesus came to secure for us what we could never secure for ourselves, life doesn’t have to be a tireless effort to establish ourselves, justify ourselves, validate ourselves.

— Tullian Tchividjian

At the October 1933 proceedings of the League of Nations in Madrid, Lemkin mounted a valiant effort to persuade the gathered ambassadors to define and agree to punish the crime of what we now call genocide. He failed.

— Terry Glavin

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

— Theodore Roosevelt

People ask ‘do you make a conscious effort not to swear?’ – if you’re doing silly stuff you’re not tempted to put swearing in. All the comics from my childhood, who were funny without swearing, were the people that influenced me. What I do is quite traditional anyway.

— Tim Vine

The constant effort towards population, which is found even in the most vicious societies, increases the number of people before the means of subsistence are increased.

— Thomas Malthus

I’ve seen how much effort has to go into a tour, the performance and also how to look after yourself, not just physically, but mentally too.

— Tinie Tempah

On occasion we need to make a second effort – and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve.

— Thomas S. Monson

To score points, you need a lot of consistent effort over the course of the game. If you’re throwing it or running it in, it’s not a big difference in terms of the score at all, obviously. But turnovers limit your scoring. That’s the problem with turnovers.

— Tom Brady

One thing that was amazing about World War II was that everybody signed up for the duration plus six months. Fliers got to leave combat after 25 missions, or 35 missions, but other than that, you were in it. You were part of the great effort, until, oh boy, six months after it was over.

— Tom Hanks

To me, there is no more conscientious umpire in the Major Leagues than Jim Joyce. He gives you a hellacious effort every time.

— Tony La Russa

If a guy does us wrong the week before, and he does something the next week where he makes an effort to make it right, then I pretty much will let that go. You don’t forget about it, but just seeing that the guy makes an effort the next week means a lot.

— Tony Stewart

People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. They outperform those with a fixed mindset, even when they have a lower IQ, because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.

— Travis Bradberry

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

What I have appreciated about the ‘Call of Duty’ games is the scale of production. It’s not an indie game. It’s not trying to be an indie game. But I’ve genuinely been pretty consistently blown away by, wow, what an effort has gone into this.

— Trent Reznor

After Obama became president, I realized that black people could not have put him in the White House – it had to be a collective effort of everybody in the country.

— Tyler Perry

I’m not the most prolific writer in the world, and, sadly, writing a novel involves a lot of effort.

— Tibor Fischer

We have exhausted all of our diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis to comply with their own agreements and with international law. Given that… we have got to force them to comply, and we are doing so militarily.

— Tom Daschle

No writing effort is ever wasted. At the very least, it’s practice, and a writer never knows when he or she might usefully cannibalize an earlier effort for something new.

— Therese Fowler

I not only urge you to vote that ticket yourself, but I beg that you will persuade others to do so. Personal effort can accomplish a great deal, and I beg that you will use your personal influence with your friends to get them to go with you to save the boys.

— Thomas Jordan Jarvis

The generality have considered that disease is but a confused and disordered effort in Nature, thrown down from her proper state, and defending herself in vain.

— Thomas Sydenham

I wasn’t the brightest kid, not by a long shot. I was interested in football, in girls, in getting my work done with the least amount of effort.

— Thomas J. Sargent

So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations.

— Thomas Lynch

Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered… the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith… All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.

— Thomas Becket

The ruling of men is the effort to direct the individual actions of many persons toward some end. This end theoretically should be the greatest good of all, but no human group has ever reached this ideal because of ignorance and selfishness.

— W. E. B. Du Bois

Today the arts exist in isolation, from which they can be rescued only through the conscious, cooperative effort of all craftsmen. Architects, painters, and sculptors must recognize anew and learn to grasp the composite character of a building both as an entity and in its separate parts.

— Walter Gropius

More generally, I made an effort to leave out things that weren’t relevant to the main narrative themes of the book, namely that there were two sides to Steve Jobs: the romantic, poetic, countercultural rebel on one side, and the serious businessperson on the other.

— Walter Isaacson

With this sense of the splendour of our experience and of its awful brevity, gathering all we are into one desperate effort to see and touch, we shall hardly have time to make theories about the things we see and touch.

— Walter Pater

If anything, game development is even more of a team effort than making a movie, so for individuals to get credit for making a game is absolutely insane.

— Warren Spector

In America, it was decided to attempt the production of atomic bombs with an effort that would constitute a large part of the collective American war effort. In Germany, an effort one thousandth the scale of the American was applied to the problem of producing atomic energy that would drive engines.

— Werner Heisenberg

I always wanted to direct and write a movie, but I thought that I didn’t really have it in me. I tried to write fiction and humorous short stories, and some were considered successful, but it was always a huge effort for a small reward. I was always intimidated by the process.

— Whit Stillman

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.

— William Howard Taft

Temperance is essential, if the services of men and women are to be employed to the best and most useful effect according, to the physical capacity and ability of each. Nothing less will assure a total effort.

— William Lyon Mackenzie King

From the outset of the war, the Canadian people have clearly shown that it is their desire to help in every way to make Canada’s war effort as effective as possible.

— William Lyon Mackenzie King

If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimately to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort.

— William Lyon Mackenzie King

On behalf of the federal government, I wish now publicly to appeal to the provinces to lend their co-operation in furthering our country’s war effort by effecting at as early a date as may be possible this much needed restriction.

— William Lyon Mackenzie King

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.

— William Osler

The Russians obtained a number of plants under Lend-Lease, which had been authorized by Washington, that I thought were not justified for their war effort. They wanted them for postwar use.

— W. Averell Harriman

Very conscious of the fact that an effort was being made to destroy my mind, because I was deprived of books, deprived of any means of writing, deprived of human companionship. You never know how much you need it until you’re deprived of it.

— Wole Soyinka

Exactly who does use the safe-haven laws is difficult to discern. Most states make no effort to study the cases or compile any data, and the anonymous nature of the process makes outside research nearly impossible.

— Wil S. Hylton

I’ve done a lot of geeky things in my life, but I think the geekiest of all was my first effort to build props and cosplay, when I was about twelve years-old.

— Wil Wheaton

Labor organizations are formed, not to employ combined effort for a common object, but to indulge in declamation and denunciation, and especially to furnish an easy living to some officers who do not want to work.

— William Graham Sumner

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

— Valerie Jarrett

Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.

— William Robertson Smith

Rhye’ clearly plays with notions of sexual identity, and it has made a concerted effort to keep its own identity mysterious. Its love songs are gender-neutral, the members have declined to appear in their own videos, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a photo of the duo that doesn’t cast them in shadows.

— Will Hermes

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

— William Empson

I don’t use sex to sell records, obviously, but I’d be lying if I said that I don’t feel like I have to make an effort to look good when I go out onstage, to wear something pretty.

— Vanessa Carlton

My first real kiss came when I was 10, and it was in an acting class. I had to do a scene from a movie where someone gets kissed under a tree, and I did not want to do it! But my acting partner wanted me to feel comfortable, so he bought a picnic basket with all these snacks. He made such an effort – and it was cute.

— Vanessa Hudgens

And I think we created something incredible as a Democratic group, as a platform, as an effort to make a change in the country, and I think we did change this country. And I think we will continue to, and I know that my father is not going to stop fighting.

— Vanessa Kerry

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

— Victor Salva

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

— Vince Lombardi

My priority is cricket. Everything that I get apart from it is a result of the effort on the field. Everything else follows. I am pretty aware of my priorities, and I don’t really focus on things that are not as important to me as cricket.

— Virat Kohli

So, for me, working with larger companies has often been very satisfying, precisely because of the ability of bringing critical mass to bear on a given effort.

— Vint Cerf

You don’t want to get stuck with a record that you’ve done with someone that you feel obligated to put out – that’s not really dope, just because you made an effort to get together and work.

— Yelawolf

I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading.

— Vladimir Nabokov

There are limits to how much sound a cello can make. That’s part of the framing of acoustical instruments. Finding what those limits might be, and then trying to suggest perhaps even the illusion of going beyond is part of that kind of effort.

— Yo-Yo Ma

I used to love fine dining, but I lost my appetite for it to a degree because sometimes it is too much about the effort and too little about the result.

— Yotam Ottolenghi

One’s appearance bespeaks dignity corresponding to the depth of his character. One’s concentrated effort, serene attitude, taciturn air, courteous disposition, thoroughly polite bearing, gritted teeth with a piercing look – each of these reveals dignity. Such outward appearance, in short, comes from constant attentiveness and seriousness.

— Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Death seems to be a long way off. Is this not shallow thinking? It is worthless and is only a joke within a dream. It will not do to think in such a way and be negligent. Insofar as death is always at one’s door, one should make sufficient effort and act quickly.

— Yamamoto Tsunetomo
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