Treading the hard path of duty will be noticed and will lead to high places.
— Abraham Lincoln
The path of duty lies in the thing nearby, but people seek it in things far off.
— Chinese proverb
Duty does not have to be dull. Love can make it beautiful and fill it with life.
— Thomas Merton
There is happiness to be found in the most disagreeable duty when you realize you’re getting it out of the way.
— Ella Wilcox
More will sometimes be demanded of you than is reasonable. Bear it meekly, and exhaust your time and strength in performing your duties, rather than in vindicating your rights.
— Horace Mann
The highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you become by it.
— John Maxwell
Profit is a by-product of work; happiness is its chief product.
— Henry Ford
You may be sure that everything you put into your art will give you full return.
— Leroy Neiman
What was hard to endure is sweet to recall.
There’s no thrill in easy sailing, when the skies are clear and blue.
There’s no joy in only doing things, which anyone can do.
But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take.
When you reach a destination that you thought you’d never make.
Strengthen your commitment to improvement by rewarding yourself for achieving a goal.
— Patrick Cohn
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
— Franz Kafka
By itself, no goal is compelling. No matter how good the idea, no one will go through the inevitable – and often painful – ups and downs of making it happen unless they really care. Those who reach their goals must have a passion driving them, a personal fervor.
— Marilyn Tam
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
— Johann von Goethe
One secret to success I’ve learned the hard way is incredibly basic: Write everything down. Leave nothing to memory. Memory gets you in trouble. Memory ultimately betrays you. Memory allows you to be unfocused. Memory gives you an easy excuse when you fail. Writing down your day’s purpose simply makes you better organized.
— Rick Pitino
The glory of tomorrow is rooted in the drudgery of today.
— L.B. Cowman
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures.
— Marquis de Vauvenargues
You just can’t be miserable as long as you are properly and enjoyably busy; there is no room for misery. Work is the best wonder drug ever devised by God.
— Orlando Battista
You will be joyful in the evening if you spend the day fruitfully.
— Thomas à Kempis
You have to learn that your dedication to hard work will pay off. I can promise you that. Because the world loves people who work hard at everything they do. The world notices those people and rewards them for that dedication. It might not be an immediate financial reward, but you will get something.
— Russell Simmons
Man’s finest hour is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
— Vince Lombardi
Work is the zest of life. There is joy in its pursuit.
— Branch Rickey
Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.
— Helena Rubinstein
The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.
— Bear Bryant
Most of the achievements we see every day that appear to come from genius, wealth or luck are really the results of hard work.
— John Maxwell
Have a clear cut objective, recognize every resistance that will prevent you from reaching your objective and have a plan of action that will overcome the resistance.
— Tom Landry
Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.
— Bert Conner
Every year update your budget and evaluate your goals. Look back at the previous year and determine if you’re still on track with your goals. If you will make this a priority, it will be the best investment of time you’ll ever make.
— Larry Burkett
Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.
— Doug Larson
When you achieve a goal (even if it’s a short-term one) reward yourself.
— Mary Lou Retton
The quality of your work will have a great deal to do with the quality of your life.
— Orison Marden
If I just work when the spirit moves me, the spirit will ignore me.
— Carolyn Forche
Winning is never easy – and it shouldn’t be. I think winning just feels better if I have worked my fanny off.
— Robert Dedman
There’s just no substitute for hard work. There are no shortcuts.
— Tiger Woods
Work drives away the care and small troubles of life. The busy person has little time to brood or fret. Work brings the prizes in life. The reward of a thing well done isn’t a plaque or a watch, or even a paycheck: It’s the fact that you did it.
— Ronda Beaman