Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it.
Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.
[This quote had been associated with David Dunham, who has stated that he is not the originator.]
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
The heights by great men reached and kept Were not obtained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night
The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.
For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Life is too short to settle for anything less than a 110 effort
...what thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Quality is never an accident it is always the result of intelligent effort.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Tonight we are launching an effort which holds the promise of changing the course of human history.
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
We've put more effort into helping folks reach old age than into helping them enjoy it.
To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again.
Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.
Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.