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Down on motivation? We got you covered with our list of some of the best hard work quotes that will put you right back on the grind in no time.

Summer is technically on the books for another few weeks, but Labor Day is always described as the unofficial end of the season. So while we're relaxing with beach trips or barbecues, here are some great and inspiring quotes about the value of hard work.

Enjoy the long weekend, and we'll see you back in the trenches on Tuesday.

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

2. "TV's hard work. I don't know how the hell Angela Lansbury survived doing 'Murder, She Wrote' all those years."
--Christopher Meloni

3. "The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream."
--Tommy Hilfiger

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

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

6. "You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."
--Alan Alda

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

8. "I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
-- Mario Cuomo

9. "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
--Peter Drucker

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

11. "Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice."
--Beyonce Knowles

12. "We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded."
--Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

14. "I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard."
--Maria Bartiromo

15. "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

16. "Education, actual learning--it is hard work. It's very personal. Your parents don't teach you anything. Your teachers don't teach you anything. The government doesn't teach you anything. You read it. You don't understand it; you read it again. You break a pencil and read it again."
--Dean Kamen

17. "It's hard work making movies. It's like being a doctor: you work long hours, very hard hours, and it's emotional, tense work. If you don't really love it, then it ain't worth it."
--George Lucas

18. "Composing music is hard work."
--John Williams

19. "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
--Newt Gingrich

20. "If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all."
-- Michelangelo

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

22. "My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another."
--Sargent Shriver

23. "I think the thing about that was I was always willing to work; I was not the fastest or biggest player but I was determined to be the best football player I could be on the football field and I think I was able to accomplish that through hard work."
--Jerry Rice

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

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

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

27. "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
--Stephen King

28. "Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work."
--Robert De Niro

29. "My first job was washing dishes in the basement of a nursing home for $2.10 an hour, and I learned as much about the value of hard work there as I ever did later."
--Douglas Preston

30. "Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work--and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
--Lucille Ball

31. "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses--behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
-- Muhammad Ali

32. "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."
-- Babe Ruth

33. "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
--Abraham Lincoln

34. "It's hard work to make a four-minute program look effortless and elegant."
--Katarina Witt

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

36. "I think of doing a series as very hard work. But then I've talked to coal miners, and that's really hard work."
--William Shatner

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

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20 Quotes About Hard Work When You Need Motivation

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What does it take to be successful? Use these enlightening quotes to learn the ingredients of success—and then act on them.

Related: The 7 Arenas of Success


1. “Successful people begin where failures leave off. Never settle for ‘just getting the job done.’ Excel!”Tom Hopkins

2. “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”Zig Ziglar

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

4. “Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.”Brian Tracy

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

6. “Action is the foundational key to all success.”Pablo Picasso

7. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”Henry Ford

8. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.”Robert Kiyosaki

9. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life—and that is why I succeed.”Michael Jordan

10. “What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”Bob Dylan

11. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”Arnold H. Glascow

12. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”Vince Lombardi

13. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”John Wooden

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

15. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”Woody Allen

16. “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.”Paul J. Meyer

17. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”Walter Scott

18. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”Benjamin Franklin

19. “Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.”Naveen Jain

20. “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”Arthur Ashe

21. “I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.”Florence Nightingale

22. “I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.”Conor McGregor

23. “Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way.”Vera Wang

24. “I always think part of success is being able to replicate results, taking what is interesting or viable about yourself as a professional person and seeing if you bring it into different situations with similar results.”Robert Downey Jr.

25. “I planned my success. I knew it was going to happen.”Erykah Badu


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100 Hard Work Quotes to Achieve All You Want in Life

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Hard work is the most important key to success. Without being willing to work hard and put everything into a venture, business success is nearly impossible.

No matter what industry you work in, hard work and team spirit is the recipe for a burgeoning and successful business. However, as every business owner, manager and entrepreneur will tell you, some days are significantly more productive than others.

Are you or your team in a slump and in need of a boost? Share a few of the following famous hard work quotes designed to inspire yourself and your team.

Famous Hard Work Quotes

16 Quotes to Drive Business Success

No inspiring business leader got to where they are without a willingness to work hard and put everything into their business. The following rousing leaders, entrepreneurs and business maestros sum up the importance of working hard.

  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist and founder of Ford Motor Co.
  • A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. ~ Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary
  • I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson, former President of the United States
  • No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. ~ Elon Musk, entrepreneur
  • Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. ~ Tim Notke, basketball coach
  • Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist
  • We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. ~ Ariana Huffington, businesswoman and author
  • Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work. ~ David Ogilvy, advertising business tycoon
  • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. ~ Vidal Sassoon, hairdressing business tycoon

Inaction Brings Doubt and Fear…

  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~ Dale Carnegie, American business icon
  • Work hard, have fun, make history. ~ Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder
  • I never took a day off in my 20s. Not one. ~ Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
  • I’ve read something that Bill Gates said about six months ago. He said, ‘I worked really, really hard in my 20s.’ And I know what he means because I worked really, really hard in my 20s too. Literally, you know, 7 days a week, a lot of hours every day. And it actually is a wonderful thing to do, because you can get a lot done. But you can’t do it forever, and you don’t want to do it forever, and you have to come up with ways of figuring out what the most important things are and working with other people even more. ~ Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~ Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary
  • Without labor, nothing prospers. ~ Sophocles, philosopher
  • There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. ~ Coco Chanel, fashion icon

11 Motivational Hard Work Quotes as a Team

Working in teams increases collaboration. And the sharing of ideas and can go a long way in giving teams a productivity boost. However, with multiple individuals comprising the team, it is important to keep them all motivated. This ensures there are no weak points in group efforts. If you or your team need a little motivation, check out the following famous hard work quotes surrounding teamwork.

  • The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. ~ Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame coach
  • Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. ~ Andrew Carnegie, business magnate and philanthropist
  • Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers. ~ Pat Riley, basketball coach
  • The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. ~ J.C. Penney, retail magnate
  • In the end, all business operation can be reduced to three words: people, products, and profits. Unless you’ve got a good team, you can’t do much with the other two. ~ Lee Iacocca, President, CEO of Chrysler

The Way a Team Plays as a Whole Determines Its Success…

  • The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. ~ Babe Ruth, baseball legend
  • Success is best when it’s shared. ~ Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks
  • Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. ~ Emily Chang, journalist and executive producer
  • If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. ~ Sam Walton, founder of Walmart
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist

12 Famous Hard Work Quotes for Business Success

Success doesn’t happen overnight. And the most successful individuals are those who are willing to put in a productive day’s work before they even receive success. If you’re struggling to motivate your team, alert them to the following famous hard work quotes about business success.

  • I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen. ~ Frank Lloyd Wright, architect and writer
  • Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. ~ Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
  • What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. ~ Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister
  • I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. ~ Booker T. Washington, educator and presidential advisor
  • I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard. ~ Maria Bartiromo, television journalist and author

Would You Like Me to Give You a Formula for Success?…

  • Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. ~ Thomas J. Watson, CEO of IBM
  • The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action. ~ Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
  • Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work. ~ Stephen King, American author
  • If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast. ~ Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder
  • Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. ~ Ray Kroc, American fast food tycoon
  • The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. ~ Thomas Edison, inventor
  • It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone. ~ Mark Cuban, American investor

10 Motivational Quotes for Perseverance and Determination

It is often possible to motivate a team with a rousing pep talk or some inspirational words. It pulls them together to persevere with their tasks. However, there are other times when individuals on the team need a more tailored approach. Either way, use these famous hard work quotes to inspire unrelenting determination in your team members. It will make them stronger than the sum of their parts.

  • The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. ~ Andrew Carnegie, business magnate and philanthropist
  • If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. ~ Steve Jobs, co-Founder of Apple Inc.
  • Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. ~ Pele, Brazilian soccer player
  • Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston S. Churchill, former British Prime Minister
  • The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~ Bruce Lee, martial artist and movie star

Success Seems to be Connected with Action…

  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~ Conrad Hilton, hotelier and business magnate
  • I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go about it, and make trial after trial until it comes. ~ Thomas Edison, inventor and businessman
  • Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. ~ Charles F. Kettering, auto industry magnate
  • Entrepreneurship is a great leveler. The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. ~ Richard Branson, Serial entrepreneur
  • I’m against retiring. The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do. ~ Colonel Sanders, KFC founder
  • Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. ~ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, former wrestler and actor

11 Famous Hard Work Quotes About Rewards

One of the best sources of motivation in the business world is the reward earned. Below are many inspirational quotes from successful individuals that focus on all the good things that can be achieved through hard work and effective cooperation within a team.

  • Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. ~ Calvin Coolidge, former President of the United States
  • A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. ~ Ralph Lauren, fashion designer and business executive
  • I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. ~ Margaret Thatcher, Former UK Prime Minister

Sticking to Good Habits Can Be Hard Work…

  • Sticking to good habits can be hard work, and mistakes are part of the process. Don’t declare failure simply because you messed up or because you’re having trouble reaching your goals. Instead, use your mistakes as opportunities to grow stronger and become better. ~ Amy Morin, author and clinical social worker
  • For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work. ~ Jessica Savitch, television news presenter and correspondent
  • I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work. ~ Greg Behrendt, comedian and author
  • I learned the value of hard work by working hard. ~ Margaret Mead, author and cultural anthropologist
  • It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football. ~ Roger Staubach, former NFL quarterback and US Navy officer
  • I work hard because I love my work. ~ Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
  • Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. ~ Malcolm Forbes, entrepreneur and Forbes magazine publisher
  • Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. ~ Henry Ford, American industrialist

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When having to decide on working hard or working smart, always choose both. You could be working smart and get good results but you would get even better.

30 Inspirational Quotes About Hard Work

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

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

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”

Vince Lombardi Jr.

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”

Ann Landers

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


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

Babe Ruth

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

Thomas Jefferson

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

Sam Ewing

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

Beverly Sills

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Henry Ford

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Joyce Chapman

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Jim Rohn

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

William James

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

Pearl S. Buck

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

Mary E. Pearson

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Robert Half

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

Thomas Edison

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

Emile Zola

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

B. J. Gupta

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

Larry Bird

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

Paul Coffey

“We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.”

William James

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

Stephen G. Weinbaum

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

John R. Wooden

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

Calvin Coolidge

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


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

Margaret Thatcher

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