We all know that hard work is important if we want to achieve our goals. But sometimes it’s hard to keep going when we’re feeling tired or discouraged. That’s why it can be helpful to read inspiring quotes about hard work. Here are some of our favorites to help you stay motivated.

“Without labor, nothing prospers.”― Sophocles

“For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.” ― Jessica Savitch

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” ― Bruce Lee

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get” ― Ray Kroc

“If you work hard and study hard. And you fuck up. That’s okay. If you fuck up and you fuck up, then you’re a fuckup” ― Justin Halpern

“Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way.” ―  Mary E. Pearson

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” ― Kevin Durant

“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.” ― Ludwig von Mises

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ― Jimmy Johnson

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” ― Michelangelo Buonarroti

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams. Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” ―  Donovan Bailey

“The wiser you get, the less you take yourself seriously, the more work looks like play.” Maxime Lagacé

“Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands.” – Japanese proverb

“No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.” – Elon Musk

“When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.” – Steve Pavlina

“A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint.” – Sarah Price

“Everything you want is on the far side of hard work.” – Tim Kennedy

“I really try to work as much as possible, to the edge of sanity basically.” Elon Musk

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played.” Dr. Seuss

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

“If people knew how hard I worked to achieve my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.” Michelangelo

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

“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.” – George Allen Sr

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

“Without a struggle there can be no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” – Calvin Coolidge

“Laziness pays off overnight however hard work pays off throughout your life.” – Ahmed Ali

“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs

“The harder I work the more I live.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“To achieve your dreams, work is required. Suffering is optional.” ― Jack Canfield

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.” – Vince Lombardi

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

“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

“I strongly believe if you work hard, whatever you want, it will come to you.” – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“Hard work pays off if you’re patient enough to see it through.” – Michael Chandler

“I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work.” – Greg Behrendt

 “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” ― Rosalynn Carter

“Run to the fire, don’t hide from it.” Meg Whitman

“Do not whine…do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” Joan Didion

“I never dreamt of success. I worked for it.”—Estée Lauder

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”– Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t work for recognition but do work worthy of recognition.”– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”– Mark Twain

“If you train hard, you’ll not only be hard; you’ll be hard to beat.”– Hershel Walker

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.”– Jim Valvano

“Face your problems head-on. Do what you have to do to take care of it. Develop a good work ethic.” – George Chuvalo

“When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“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

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the lover of it. I live it.” – Maya Angelou

“It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.”– Mark Cuban

“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

“I never dreamed about success; I worked for it.”  –Estee Lauder

“I’m against retiring. The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do.” Colonel Sanders

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”  Conrad Hilton

“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

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense.” Thomas Edison

“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

“Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team.” Emily Chang

“Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” Pat Riley

“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

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” Henry Ford

“It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone.” Mark Cuban

“Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and effort, and we control both.” – Dwayne Johnson

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

“To learn you must be willing to change. To change you must be willing to suffer. To suffer you must be willing to work.” – Maxime Lagacé

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” Arnold Palmer

“Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” Henri-Frederic Amiel

“Work hard now, suffer and keep it up. Rewards are at the edge.” – Maxime Lagacé

“Hard work teaches us that it takes more than hard work.” – Jack Butcher

“My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.” Abraham Lincoln

“Everything you want is on the far side of hard work.” Tim Kennedy

“Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.” David Ogilvy

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” Alain de Botton

“Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.” Barack Obama

 “A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell

“There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.” – Alain de Botton

 “The best way to learn is by doing. The only way to build a strong work ethic is getting your hands dirty.” Alex Spanos

“Hard work opens doors and shows the world that you are serious about being one of those rare – and special – human beings who use the fullness of their talents to do their very best.” Robin S. Sharma

“The deepest and most overlooked truth is that innovation cannot happen without failures.” Matthew Syed

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” Dwayne Johnson

 “Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have.” Ed Bradley

 “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

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

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” David Bly

 “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” Malcolm Gladwell

 “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

“Work hard, put maximum effort, and have a good attitude. Most importantly never give up.” Ana Monnar

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

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

“If people only knew how hard I’ve worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us just get up and go to work.” Stephen King

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” Estée Lauder

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

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

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