When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
— John Ruskin
People do not lack strength; they lack will.
— Victor Hugo
Talent minus hard work equals zero success.
— Earl Woods
People with real talent pay no attention to people who question their dreams. When they fail, they pick themselves up and start chasing the dream again. They understand that they will be happy chasing their dreams even if they don’t achieve them, because a person who is chasing a dream is a person who is excited, vital and alive.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
We told our guys to hold on for 30 minutes of agony for 12 months of glory.
— John McDonnell, on Arkansas winning the 1993 NCAA Cross-Country title
Each year, the older I get, the harder I work because it takes that much more each week to come back.
— John Elway
Whatever you do, if you do it hard enough you’ll enjoy it. The important thing is to work and work hard.
— David Rockefeller
When I was fifteen, I had lucky underwear. When that failed, I had a lucky hairdo, then a lucky race number, even lucky race days. After fifteen years, I’ve found the secret to success is simple. It’s hard work.
— Margaret Gross
I’m proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up.
— Orel Hershiser
I got where I am with sufficient talent and then simply by wanting it more and working harder to get it.
— Dennis Conner
The reason for my success is simple: 15 years of practice and hard work.
— David Duval
What I’ve learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this – what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.
— Linda Mastandrea
Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.
— W. Clement Stone
Don’t turn your back on your fears; face them down.
— Annika Sorenstam
Instead of thinking about the fear and the negative consequences, concentrate on what you will get if you push yourself through this fear.
— Anthony Robbins
We only fear when we forget who walks beside us.
— Hans Wilhelm
I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: Turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you venture too far.
— Erica Jong
If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
— John D. Rockefeller III
The man who simply drifts into success in any field of human activity is almost as rare as the ship that drifts aimlessly into a safe harbor.
— John Gregory
A person, or a team, can work hard to be successful. And once success is achieved, it’s very easy to sit back and think that success will just come again – like rain on the rooftops. But I’ve found that it is much harder to stay on top than it is to get there.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Winning isn’t worthwhile unless one has something finer and nobler behind it.
— Knute Rockne
The worker and the thinker and the giver always go ahead. That is the sure way to success.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Act as though everything you do, rightly or wrongly, accurately or carelessly, may tip the scale of the bigger things of tomorrow for all of us, as indeed every act, potentially, can.
— L.G. Elliott
A first rate soup is better than a second rate painting.
— Abraham Maslow
If all of us would only strive for excellence in our own backyards, we would bring that excellence to the rest of the world.
— Oprah Winfrey
If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful.
You don’t have to think too much about “excellence” – that sounds kind of fancy. Just do the work in front of you – grubby as it seems at the time – the very best you can and it will probably lead to excellence.
— Helen Gurley Brown
A champion pays an extra price to be better than everybody else.
— Bear Bryant
You will always have joy in the evening if you spend the day fruitfully.
— Thomas à Kempis
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
— Colossians 3:23-24
Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
— George Bernard Shaw
I loathe drudgery as much as anyone else; but I have learned that the only way to conquer drudgery is to get through it as neatly, as efficiently, as one can. A dull job slackly done becomes twice as dull, whereas a dull job which you try to do just as well as you can becomes half as dull.
— Harold Nicolson