All the genius I have is the fruit of labor.
— Alexander Hamilton
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
— Vince Lombardi
Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
— Eric Hoffer
I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline.
— Vince Lombardi
Successful people are willing to engage in drudgery in the cause of something marvelous. The greater part of genius is the years of effort invested to solve a problem or find the perfect expression of an idea. With hard work you acquire knowledge about yourself that idleness never reveals.
— Tom Butler-Bowdon
I am grateful for all my problems. I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come.
— J.C. Penney
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
— Benjamin Franklin
God loves us in good times and bad. But He is even more real in our lives when we are having tough times.
— Joe Gibbs
The fact that there have been difficulties and hardships makes my family closer.
— John F. Kennedy, Jr.
If God wants you to accomplish something in your life, He’s going to put things in your life for you to learn from. It’s often cumulative. You learn a little bit here and a little bit there. And then there’s the final straw that puts you over the hump. Once you get it, you know you’ve got it.
— Tom Lehman
Pain is temporary, but quitting is forever.
— Lance Armstrong
The cure for grief is motion.
— Elbert Hubbard
When pain doesn’t go away, endurance increases.
— T.D. Jakes
Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come.
— Janet Stuart
Try as we may, none of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread. The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
— Bernard Baruch
Break down your problem into bits and it won’t overwhelm you. Setbacks won’t feel insurmountable. Big dreams will seem within reach.
— Joe Torre
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.
— James Allen
It’s possible to lose sight of your dream when you’re working hard in the trenches. That’s why it’s important to always keep your eye on the big picture. Keep it before you as a daily reminder – for motivation, inspiration and direction.
— John Maxwell
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
— Walt Disney
Ask yourself: What would be a great thing to do with my life before I die? Whatever it is, decide to do it. If it’s more education you need, get it. If it’s more money you need, find it. Whatever you do – don’t blow the opportunities that are still before you. God is desperately trying to instill a dream into your imagination. Don’t torpedo it by saying it’s impossible.
— Robert Schuller