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Quotations for Motivation #37 --- Work

Updated on November 9, 2015

Quotations on Work

The advantage of working hard is that it enables you to work harder.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 13, 1931.

They can do the best work who know best how to work.

---William Jennings Bryan, Canaseraga Times, Canaseraga, N.Y., May 16, 1913.

The more useful work you do, and the more you think and feel, the more you really life. The idle man is a useless man, and no matter to what extent his life may be prolonged, merely vegetates.

---George F. Butler, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Dec. 23, 1920.

Some men cannot hold a job because they are always wanting a better one.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., April 3, 1907.

Elbow grease is a standard oil, and it pays good dividends.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Sept. 17, 1910.

Permanent prosperity rides on the wings of hard work. Good breaks may bring momentary success, but it won’t stay with you if you rely altogether on fortune.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 20, 1940.

Many a good idea is ruined by thinking it will accomplish something without honest work behind it.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 4, 1945.

Ideas are worth no more than the results in which they are translated.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 8, 1945.

Permanent prosperity rides on the wings of hard work. Good breaks may bring momentary success, but it won’t stay with you if you rely altogether on fortune.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Jan. 20, 1940.

Many a good idea is ruined by thinking it will accomplish something without honest work behind it.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 4, 1945.

Ideas are worth no more than the results in which they are translated.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Nov. 8, 1945.

It is a great secret to be able to find our work and our fun in the same place.

---Hamilton Wright Mabie, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Aug. 3, 1905.

Cut down the quality of your work and you cut down your own future.

---John Wesley Holland, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 21, 1938.

It is very easy for people who don’t like work to imagine they are sick. And a lot of people who really are sick don’t realize it because they are engrossed in work.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Amarillo Daily Globe, Amarillo, Texas, March 16, 1924.

Stagnation kills more men than hard work ever did.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Nov. 15, 1928.

Work is the bait success likes the most.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Nov. 22, 1923.

The most tired people are those who don’t do any work.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Nov. 29, 1919.

Some people who think they are disgusted with life are only disgusted with work.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Dec. 5, 1924.

Genius is only another name for work.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 22, 1889.

The man who makes a great noise over his work should remember the world makes no noise when it turns around.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 19. 1889.

The average man who doesn’t like to work tries to make himself believe that he does some very hard mental work.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Amarillo Daily Globe, Amarillo, Texas, May 6, 1924.

Don’t waste your ideas. Put them to work. And do a little work yourself.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 11, 1921.

Any man who doesn’t work very hard imagines he is doing a lot of executive work.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 19, 1921.

The believer in work believes in everything else worthwhile.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 22, 1923.

Work half done causes more mischief than work not done at all.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Nov. 27, 1915.

Industry wears its badge in the palm of its hand.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 3, 1922.

The man who is wedded to work is usually the father of results.

---Hazen Conklin, East Oregonian, Pendleton, Ore., Feb. 16, 1915.

The man who tries to rhyme “work” with “shirk” is the man who puts the “verse” in “reverse.”

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Oct. 16, 1914.

The chap who puts the “shun” in “application” only makes room for the fellow who can raise the “dust” out of “industry.”

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Oct. 22, 1914.

“Putting a “snap” into your work is a better result getter than trying to get out of it.

---Hazen Conklin, The Evening World, New York, N.Y., Oct. 27, 1914.

The greatest area of unemployment in the world is the region just north of the ears.

---Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dec. 29, 1947.

Work never hurts a man unless he keeps away from it.

---Beverly Gray, The Calgary Herald, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 21, 1948.

The best antidote for low spirits is useful labor.

---Louis C. Hinman, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., May 4, 1905.

Toil is the toll at the gate of success.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash., Dec. 28, 1899.

The days are never long enough for the man who loves his work.

---Elijah Powell Brown, The Daily Leader, Gloversville, N.Y., Sept. 6, 1892.

Hard work is only hard to those who are afraid of it.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Forest Republican, Tionesta, Pa., Sept. 24, 1890.

Some men say they are out of work when they mean they are out of easy work.

---Burrows Matthews, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 30, 1930.

Hard work teaches independence, begets courage, fosters self-reliance and inspires self-support.

---W.W. Bustard, Madison County Leader and Observer, Morrisville, N.Y., Oct. 7, 1909.

Labor to give the best expression to yourself rather than to make the best impression on others.

---Henry F. Cope, Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, N.Y., June 18, 1905.

I do not think there is any substitute for work. With that and a little good common sense, a person can achieve almost anything in life he wants to achieve.

-‑‑LeGrand Richards, Featured Speeches of the Year, Rexburg, Idaho, Oct. 17, 1967.

Success has a way of tagging along after work. Work attracts success. A person may work and work without any sign of getting anywhere at all, but if he continues to work and work, he will begin to see light ahead; he will draw success to himself in greater or lesser degree. I have never known a hard-working man who did not have his measure of success, unless, of course, he had some serious handicap like a mean disposition or a pigheaded mentality. The man who will work hard and keep his eyes and ears open, and listen for suggestions for improving himself and his work, will in course of time succeed. Each piece of work well done attracts more work, and each measure of success attracts more success. That is a law of this life.

---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 6, 1940.

Work hard and you will finally finish what you are trying to do. Wondering whether you can accomplish the task will never get you anywhere or anything.

—Vernald William Johns, Garland Times, Garland, Utah, Nov. 27, 1936.

One pound of industry with one ounce of talent will achieve greater results than a pound of talent and an ounce of industry.

—George M. Ottinger, Juvenile Instructor, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 15, 1891.

The capacity to work. All people are endowed with the native ability to direct energy along wisely laid plans, but few use this ability unless forced to do so by dire necessity. Let young men early adopt the habit of discharging fixed daily tasks in order to train themselves for intelligence service.

---Samuel Young Jameson, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., May 28, 1907.

Halfhearted work fails everywhere. It is soul in work that makes it tell. Be enamored of it; be not diverted from it; press all resources to its services. Destiny is not more sure than ultimate success to one who struggles thus. This, however, is the price; pay it, or be content with mediocrity. Struggle for the top; the best rewards are there. Do not forget the higher applications of self-responsibility. Let the thought of self-responsibility for all that living involves have place in your most serious thoughts.

---J.A. McCaulay, New York Herald, New York, N.Y., June 21, 1875.

There never was a person with genius enough to insure success without work. If you ever reach the goal of any ambition you must literally “work your way to it.”

---J. Marvin Nichols, Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Amsterdam, N.Y., Nov. 23, 1931.

The way to have work well done is for everyone to do a little more than his share.

---James Milton Racer, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., March 12, 1903.

A work of genius requires a genius for work.

---James Milton Racer, The Citizen, Berea, Ky., Nov. 3, 1904.

Learn to rest in your labor, but never to rest from your labor.

---H.A. Tupper, Jr., Buffalo Evening News, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 29, 1898.

Work is the best physician.

---John J. Wicker, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 3, 1921.

There aren’t any rules for success that work unless you do.

—Anita Belmont, Coronet, Chicago, Ill., April 1954.

Sweat our your elbow grease, then reach for the bacon.

---George G. Benedict, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 23, 1936.

If everybody worked as hard as he says he doesn there would be a lot more accomplished in this world.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 2, 1953.

It is surprising how much ingenuity is wasted because it is directed toward getting or keeping out of work.

---John Merrill Chilcote, St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 24, 1956.

The will to achieve must always precede the actual accomplishment. It is impossible to arrive anywhere in the sea of life without first setting out on the voyage. Great advances in all periods of history have come only as a result of unfaltering will power of individuals. Without work the will to achieve would be useless. Work is an honor, and a glory, and a supreme privilege. It is our whole life. A man’s life is always measured by what he does. The more useful the work the more he really lives. Idleness is a prey which devours the sympathies, ambitions and finer attributes of man. Nothing in life is more tragic, barren and desolate, and no one is more miserable and melancholy than he who is an idler. Without any will to achieve, he works not to achieve, and looks not forward to the achievement. Success can never come without consistent work, no matter who the person or what his ability may be. Even a genius succeeds only by diligent labor.

---Ruth Folkman, Weber Herald, Ogden, Utah, May 22, 1923.

Nothing reflects a man's attitude more than his slant to work. To believe in a cause or a program or to passively support it is not enough. One must sweat and work to personally assist in bringing the desired goal to realization. The miracle of work shows itself over and over again in the lives and accomplishments of those who put it to work.

—Alvin R. Dyer, Central States Mission Bulletin, Independence, Mo., July 24, 1956.

Work that is done halfheartedly is never more than half done.

—J. Perry King, Clarendon News, Clarendon, Texas, June 30, 1938.

Work is the nearest substitute for genius, and genius without work is barren.

—J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 12, 1949.

There is always room at the top, but the only elevator that can take one up is toil and self-effort.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Jan. 25, 1917.

Performance is the proof of promise.

—W.B. Corlew, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., Sept. 3, 1930.

While you are waiting for something to turn up, don't turn down anything that will keep your elbow grease from getting too chilled to lubricate the success wheels.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 6, 1923.

The fellow who is always wailing that he never had a chance should try the cafeteria plan and help himself.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 8, 1923.

Inspiration rarely ever comes ahead of perspiration.

—John Ussery, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn., July 12, 1930.

Perspiration–The only liquid it is impossible to drown in.

—Lorrie Brooks, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 1, 1955.

If you must be a glutton, be a glutton of work.

—Charles M. Schwab, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, November 1916.

Hard work is easy work when you put your heart in it.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 30, 1925.

If I had any formula for success, it would be the formula of Thomas A. Edison: "Work, work, and work." I'll be unhappy if a time comes when I can't work. The fundamental attribute of success is work, methodically applied.

—Ernest L. Wilkinson, As a Man Thinketh, Provo, Utah, March 3, 1970.

Strength is industry. Hard work is only another name for genius. Weakness is often only another name for laziness. It may call itself indisposition, leisure, or some other high-sounding platitude; but that doesn't change the sluggish inside. A lazy man is the butt of ridicule for all creation.

—W.C. Scott, Monroe Morning World, Monroe, La., May 30, 1932.

Persevering industry. ... One of the best rules ever laid down is to do what we ought to do whether we feel like it or not. ... We are too apt to think we can do something without work. Many of us are content to slumber in the valley of inglorious ease, and if we see a man on some high and apparently inaccessible mountain top of fame or greatness, we take it for granted that he has wings. We forget the long and toilsome ascent, the weary, flagging footsteps, the perilous wanderings and the painful falls, the panting breath, the fainting, shivering frame. If you would reach the top of fame's dread mountain, you must labor up all along its rough and rocky sides.

—J.E. McClurkin, Childress Index, Childress, Texas, May 24, 1916.

It is human nature to take things easy, especially when we are not forced by necessity, or when we are not in good mood. It takes strength of character to force oneself to work when one does not feel like it, merely for the sake of self-development. We dislike to force ourselves against our inclination, but there accompanies each one of us through life a monitor who is always reminding us of what we should do. Inclination, however, often proves stronger and we yield to it. But when necessity says, "You must!" we have no alternative, and reply, "If I must, I can." Therein lies the saving grace of poverty and hard conditions. They drive multitudes to bring out the best that is in them, to measure up to the possibilities the Creator implanted in them at birth. There is only one way of calling out the man or the woman, and that is by doing useful work. Idleness calls out nothing but negatives and weakness. It is the constant planning and executing, the perpetual wrestling with problems, that develops stamina, stability, soundness of judgment, quickness and certainty of decision, and it is almost criminal to deprive youths and young men at the very outset of their careers of their strongest motive for self-development, that great stamina builder, that brings out of the noblest latent resources in the individual, that which calls out the real man or woman--the prod of necessity.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., March 8, 1920.

Industry is the measure of progress. Initiative springs from industry. By honest industry a man climbs to his reward in society. Industry requires energy. Industry demands will power. In every person's life there comes at different times the stimulating desire of attainment. The human being is so constituted that any desired goal is possible if "we are willing to pay the price." The price can always be paid in energy, will, and industry.

—William Peterson, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1923.

You must get rid of the idea that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It and your parents have given you birth, protection, education and opportunity for development. You are the debtor rather than the creditor. You could not pay the entire debt in your natural life. If you came into the world blessed with a good heredity, you owe it to posterity to pass that long strengthened rather than weakened, to future generations. Put away from you the desire, even the hope, to get something for nothing. It is fundamentally wrong. It belongs to the psychology of crime. In a world where cause and effect balance each other it is both impossible and absurd. Every gift, whether of wealth, intelligence, love, confidence, favor or opportunity, carries with it an unavoidable responsibility. If you should be successful, profit by the success of others. Take advantage of your friends by cultivating in yourself the virtues which have made them successful. Never mind about their weaknesses or vices; you will find you have enough of your own. ... Don't be afraid of hard work. Activity gives life, inertia death. Well-directed effort develops power, capacity, courage, self-reliance and character. Every winner is a worker. Genius consists largely in capacity for persistent, hard work. Someone has said that genius is the infinite capacity for taking pains. Edison said, "Genius is two percent inspiration and ninety-eight percent perspiration."

—Newton N. Riddell, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 3, 1914.

If you have no joy in your work, you have missed the deepest satisfaction in life.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Dec. 31, 1934.

Genius is energy and industry driven by intelligence.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., May 22, 1936.

The progressive man naturally enjoys hard work, especially such work as calls for resource, initiative and skill. He regards his work as a school, in which every new experience is an interesting and helpful lesson. He is eager to do any piece of unfamiliar work, and eager to do more and more skillfully the work he already knows well. The unprogressive man–poor fellow–often has just as much natural ability as the other, but he has a wrong idea about work. Sometimes he works hard in the wrong direction because he thinks it is the right one. More often his failure to get ahead is due to the fact that he does not bring all his powers and enthusiasm to bear upon the work in hand. His whole heart is not in his task. The unprogressive man does not consider his work a school, but vaguely imagines that it is a sort of punishment to be avoided if possible. It matters not to him that the world needs to have the work done--he only thinks of his own immediate comfort, and in so doing loses the great reward which the world pays to its real helpers--the joy of a useful life.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Feb. 19, 1907.

Work is expressing thought. How thought should be expressed is second only to the correctness of the thought itself.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 22, 1907.

Activity is the normal state of mind. It is as natural for thought to be active as it is for the earth to move in its axis. When you see a man who thinks and acts as if he were impelled by some unusual force, don't consider him abnormal. He is only normal. It is the less active persons who are abnormal. We all admire the man who is intelligently active. We sometimes speak of him as "a streak of lightning." But we are not to overlook our own possibilities in being like him. How can we become more active, more productive of intelligent work? By thinking. First let him clear away obstructions to his activity, so that he can act normally. Let the spirit of "what's-the-use" be rooted out of the mind. If you have any degree of that spirit, get rid of it. Think it over. Convince yourself that activity is the right thing, and that inactivity is stagnation. Everything worth having is within reach of the man who works actively toward his ideals. Think more of the result to be attained than of your present comfort. Become absorbed in your work, enjoy the mental growth which comes from wholesome activity. Learn to admire activity in others, and quit longing for an opportunity to do nothing. Set yourself to the task of being active in the right direction, because it is normal and right.

—Waldo Pondray Warren, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 31, 1907.

Keep in mind that happiness is a byproduct of work and that idle and self-centered lives are never filled with pleasure. The world does not owe you a living nor even the right to be happy, but it freely gives to each of you the opportunity of doing your duty; and as you this day turn your anxious faces to the future, I cheer you with the thought that there is no failure in this life except a moral failure; and that the white flower of your nobler ambitions will only blossom into perfect grace and loveliness, when it is rooted and grounded in sincerity and honor.

—Royall R. Watkins, The Texas Outlook, Fort Worth, Texas, December 1931.

Do not let the road between intentions and realization become so long that the journey will never be finished.

—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, May 30, 1935.

No one holds a position of leadership who does not know the joy of hard work.

—Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 9, 1939.


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