175+ Hard Work Quotes To Fuel Your Daily Non-Negotiable Actions

When you know you need to keep putting in the hard work, but need a little boost, it’s time to read our collection of Hard Work quotes!

Consistent Hard Work Leads To Success

It’s a common misconception that success comes easy. But the truth is, success only comes to those who are willing to put in the hard work. Anyone who has ever achieved anything significant will tell you that it took a lot of hard work to get there.

There’s no doubt that putting in the effort to achieve your goals is a key ingredient for success. But what if you could work even harder and achieve even more? It might seem impossible, but it’s not. All you need is a bit of inspiration to help you push yourself to new levels.

Here are some hard work quotes to inspire you to keep going when the going gets tough and help you achieve your goals.

Best Hard Work Quotes

Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

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The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will.

– Nike

The ones who say you can’t are too afraid you will. - Nike


Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.

– Arnold Palmer


When you find the right thing to do, and people to work with, invest deeply into that, and stick with it for decades.

– Naval Ravikant

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You can outwork 95% of people by just showing up every day.

– Jack Butcher


Take up one idea, make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

– Swami Vivekananda


Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way.

– Mary E. Pearson


Hard work buys experience, smart work buys time.

– Jack Butcher


I’m a designer, and I work very hard at that. People sometimes want to put down fashion by saying it’s frivolous or superficial, but it’s not that way at all. It’s actually very hard work.

– Donatella Versace


When you feel like stopping think about why you started.

– Unknown


Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

– Louis Pasteur

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Work without love is slavery.

– Mother Teresa


Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.

– Henri-Frederic Amiel


Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.

– Barack Obama


Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

Thomas Edison


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


Quotes About Hard Work

What comes easy won’t last. What lasts won’t come easy.

– Unknown


No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.

– Elon Musk


You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.

– Alan Alda


Earned. Not given.

– Nike


There is no substitute for hard work.

– Thomas Edison

There is no substitute for hard work. - Thomas Edison


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

– Thomas Edison


Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.

Buddha


I really try to work as much as possible, to the edge of sanity basically.

– Elon Musk


All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney


Success at anything will always come down to this: Focus and effort, and we control both.

– Dwayne Johnson


Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have.

– Unknown

Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have.


Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.

– William A. Ward


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


Life without endeavor is like entering a jewel mine and coming out with empty hands.

– Japanese proverb


One must work and dare if one really wants to live.

– Vincent van Gogh

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Go and get your things. Dreams mean work.

– Paulo Coelho

Go and get your things. Dreams mean work. - Paulo Coelho


Working Hard Quotes

My success was due to good luck, hard work, and support and advice from friends and mentors. But most importantly, it depended on me to keep trying after I had failed.

– Mark Warner


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

Mark Cuban


The world belongs to the energetic.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world belongs to the energetic. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

– Michelangelo


Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

– Kevin Durant


The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.

– Muhammad Ali


When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really played.

– Dr. Seuss


If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.

– Ben Hogan

If you can’t outplay them, outwork them. - Ben Hogan


Without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.

– Gary Vaynerchuk


Amateurs are busy and tense. Professionals are calm and focused.

– Maxime Lagacé


Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.

– David Ogilvy


Look in the mirror – that’s your competition.

– Unknown

Look in the mirror – that’s your competition.


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

– Steve Pavlina


The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.

– Tommy Lasorda


Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.

– Madeleine L’Engle


No one ever drowned in sweat.

– U.S. Marine Corps

No one ever drowned in sweat.


Quotes About Putting In Hard Work

I never viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working.

– Will Smith


I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

– Thomas Jefferson


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.

Steve Jobs


Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

– Theodore Roosevelt

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt


Hard work betrays none.

– Hachiman Hikigaya

Hard work betrays none. - Hachiman Hikigaya


Work hard now, suffer and keep it up. Rewards are at the edge.

– Maxime Lagacé


No struggle, no progress, no success.

– Maxime Lagacé

No struggle, no progress, no success. - Maxime Lagacé


Amateurs have hard work and speed. Professionals have hard work, speed and direction.

– Maxime Lagacé


There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession.

– Conor McGregor


Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.

– Joan Didion


Talent means nothing. 50% of my success comes from luck. 50% comes from never giving up.

– Maxime Lagac


Hard work compounds like interest, and the earlier you do it, the more time you have for the benefits to pay off.

– Sam Altman


A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint.

– Sarah Price

A sign of a hard worker is one who works without complaint. - Sarah Price


Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

– Seneca


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


Hard work never killed a man.

– Scottish proverb


Working Harder Quotes

Going all-in on something will make you feel alive and ultimately, satisfied.

– Maxime Lagacé


I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out.

– Theodore Roosevelt

I would rather risk wearing out than rusting out. - Theodore Roosevelt


Never slow down for the world, one day it will catch-up with you.

– Nike


To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

Mark Twain


Work hard in silence; let success make the noise.

– Frank Ocean


Hard work teaches us that it takes more than hard work.

– Jack Butcher


The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

– Plutarch


My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.

Abraham Lincoln


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

– Abraham Lincoln


The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

– Roger Bannister


To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession.

– Walt Disney


Without labor nothing prospers.

– Sophocles

Without labor nothing prospers. - Sophocles


Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.

– Lou Holtz


Start with a cry, end with a smile.

– Michael Bassey Johnson

Start with a cry, end with a smile. - Michael Bassey Johnson


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

– Colin Powell


Inspiring Quotes About Working Hard

It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.

Vince Lombardi


Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.

– Blair Waldorf


Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

– Conan O’Brien


This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

– Alan Watts


God sells us all things at the price of labor.

Leonardo da Vinci


Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.

– Dwayne Johnson

Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied. - Dwayne Johnson


The question isn’t who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.

– Ayn Rand


Everything you want is on the far side of hard work.

– Tim Kennedy


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

– Maxime Lagacé


Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

– Stephen King


Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.

– George Allen Sr


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

Confucius


In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious.

– Robert Greene


Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

– Kevin Hart


Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus.

– Helen Hanson


It’s only a crazy dream until you do it.

– Serena Williams

It’s only a crazy dream until you do it. - Serena Williams


Work Hard Sayings

Baby steps are better than no steps at all. Keep going. You’ll get there.

– Unknown


Make each day your masterpiece.

– John Wooden

Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden


At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work — as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for — the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?

– Marcus Aurelius


There is no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.

– Alain de Botton


It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

– Babe Ruth


A good idea is about ten percent and implementation and hard work, and luck is 90 percent.

– Guy Kawasaki


Work incessantly, but be not attached to it.

– Swami Vivekananda

Work incessantly, but be not attached to it. - Swami Vivekananda


Hard work does pay off.

– Michael Phelps


Have a healthy disregard for the impossible and actually build new solutions.

– Larry Page


To achieve what 1% of the world’s population has, you must be willing to do what only 1% dares to do.

– Manoj Arora

Hard Work Beats Talent

The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for. – Habeeb Akande


The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph! – Marvin Phillips


No one understands and appreciates the American Dream of hard work leading to material rewards better than a non-American. – Anthony Bourdain


All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. – Calvin Coolidge


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