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Effort Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Effort

Please enjoy these Effort Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Related topics: Inspirational Spiritual Nature

The best effort of a fine person
is felt after we have left their presence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

 

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

Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry
than it brings you hours of enjoyment
is a candidate for downsizing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

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The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort.
Full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence -
is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Winston Churchill

If you want to be happy,
put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind.
- Anonymous

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment,
full effort is full victory.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

If a warrior is to succeed at anything,
the success must come gently,
with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.
- Carlos Castaneda

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

A little more persistence,
a little more effort, and
what seemed hopeless failure
may turn to glorious success.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

We've put more effort into helping folks reach old
age than into helping them enjoy it.
- Frank Howard Clark

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Believe that none of the effort you put
into coming closer to God is ever wasted -
even if in the end you don't achieve
what you are striving for.
- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

We all have an instinctive fear of the unseen.
Make a conscious effort to discover
and embrace the unfamiliar -
to view the unknown not as a lurking monster,
but as a glorious adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge,
education, hard work and effort.
It teaches us about enjoying ourselves,
having fun, keeping fit and healthy.
- Kamisese Mara

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind;
it requires the same effort of the brain
that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
- Helen Keller

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

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

Living never wore one out
so much as the effort not to live.
- Anais Nin

Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid
for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers -
and never succeeding.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

It seems to me we are losing our way in an effort to get the ratings.
- Matt Drudge

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

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

I finally decided one day, reading science fiction magazines of the time,
I could do at least as well as some of these people are doing.
So I finally made a serious effort.
- Fred Saberhagen

It wasn't so much of a controlled effort to end up
as part of the Goth scene.
- Kenny Hickey

We're going to make every effort to keep the Saints as Louisiana's team.
- Paul Tagliabue

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 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

I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me:
the umpires and the rules.
- Leo Durocher

Understand from top to bottom what the effort requires.
- Bill Toomey

Language is an archaeological vehicle...
the language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history.
- Russell Hoban

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority
with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.
- Walter Lippmann

The mode by which the inevitable is reached is effort.
- Felix Frankfurter

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

It is worth while too to warn the teacher that undue
severity in correcting faults is liable at times to
discourage a boy's mind from effort.
- Quintilian

A minute of perfection was worth the effort.
A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
- Chuck Palahniuk

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

A strenuous effort must be made to train young people
to think for themselves and take independent charge of their lives.
- Anne Sullivan Macy

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

Sharpen your pencil as you create the story of your life.
Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that,
seize the opportunity to sharpen those qualities
even more sharply by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

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

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

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.
- Vinton Cerf

Our photographs are filthier and our stories are more disgusting.
We make no effort to be artistic.
- Al Goldstein

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

Fame is a constant effort.
- Jules Renard

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

We will see that our new attitude toward liquor has
been given to us without any thought or effort on our part.
It just comes!
That is the miracle of it.
- William Griffith Wilson

Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that
I must make an effort to quit.
I love acting; I love directing.
- Joan Chen

The uniqueness of the unit was more or less that it
was focused on a single individual.
It was really the first time the agency had done that sort of effort.
- Michael Scheuer

Periods of wholesome laziness, after days of energetic effort,
will wonderfully tone up the mind and body.
- Grenville Kleiser

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

Children are our future we must take care of them with maximum effort.
- Naomi Campbell

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

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


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