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Positive Quotes about Effort

Let these Effort quotes help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

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

Related topics: Inspirational Spiritual Nature

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

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

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

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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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is human warfare but just this;
an effort to make the laws of God and
nature take sides with one party.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Success is dependent on effort.
- Sophocles

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

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

Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work.
We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
- Lewis Thomas

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

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

No one bill will cure the problem of spam.
It will take a combined effort of legislation,
litigation, enforcement, customer education,
and technology solutions.
- David Baker

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

Good character is not formed in a week or a month.
It is created little by little, day by day.
Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
- Heraclitus

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

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

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The reward of eternal life requires effort.
- Thomas S. Monson

My experience as a school nurse taught me that we need
to make a concerted effort,
all of us, to increase physical fitness activity among
our children and to encourage all Americans to adopt
a healthier diet that includes fruits and vegetables,
but there is more.
- Lois Capps

Evil is committed without effort, naturally,
fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.
- Charles Baudelaire

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

Evil is done without effort, naturally,
it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
- Charles Baudelaire

I tell beginning readers to read a lot and write a lot.
If you want to write a book, find a subject that's
really worth the time and effort you'll put in.
- Tracy Kidder

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

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

Why do you think the old stories tell of men who set
out on great journeys to impress the gods? Because
trying to impress people just isn't worth the time and effort.
- Henry Rollins

The events of the day's march are now becoming so dreary
and dispiriting that one longs to forget them when we camp;
it is an effort even to record them in a diary.
- Robert Falcon Scott

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

There was no indication of panic.
The broken files marched back in steady step.
The effort was nobly made and failed from the blows
that could not be fended.
- James Longstreet

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.
The extra energy required to make another effort or
try another approach is the secret of winning.
- Denis Waitley

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
- Napoleon Hill

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

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

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

Their effort to place the women upon the same industrial
level with themselves in order that all may pull together
in the effort to maintain reasonable conditions of life.
- Florence Kelley

An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success
when it is made in place of your best effort or when
it is used as the object of the blame.
- Bo Bennett

And all this effort, all this loss of comradeship,
all this prostitution of idealism and manhood,
to assist the capitalists of this country to defeat the proletariat!
- Harry Pollitt

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

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

Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive
of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis
of all human labor and effort,
enterprise and new activity.
- William Howard Taft

I think this is a very good look at how to tackle this effort.
The resources and the talent are here,
but now we've got to move forward with some sort of direction.
- Alvin Williams

In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American
system of government are not made by any general or
set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.
- Bill Kristol

Great art is never produced for its own sake.
It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
- Robert Quillen


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