Effort Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old effort quotes, effort sayings, and effort proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Your dreams will take time. It will take efforts and require dedication and sacrifice. But in the end it WILL be worth it.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.     

Clint Eastwood

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

Arnold Palmer

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.     

John Ruskin

No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.     

Ramana Maharshi

Putting forth the effort to succeed is tantamount to your success.     

Jon Jones

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.     

John F. Kennedy

Progress can be slow and gradual. Continue putting in effort with patience, enthusiasm and faith.     

Mata Amritanandamayi

Life can be boring unless you put some effort into it.     

John C. Maxwell

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.     

Winston Churchill

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.     

Lydia M. Child

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.     

Vince Lombardi

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.     

Helen Keller

A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.     

John Ruskin

The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.     

Denis Waitley

The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above-average effort.     

Colin Powell

Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.     

Tim Fargo

The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one's own efforts.     

Albert Einstein

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.     

Oliver Wendell Holmes

For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.     

Jim Rohn

People put so much effort into starting a relationship and so little effort into ending one.     

Marina Abramovic

All the effort in the world won't matter if you're not inspired.     

Chuck Palahniuk

If I put forth a legitimate effort, then I feel like, if that doesn't work out, that's all I can do.     

Dave Chappelle

A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Well, any effort to maximize your potential and ability is a good thing.     

Daniel Goleman

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.     

Samuel Johnson

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.     

Napoleon Hill

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.     

Aeschylus

The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.     

James Allen

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.     

Bruce Lee

Make every effort matter, and always make the following effort better than the last one.     

Hermann J Steinherr

Understand from top to bottom what the effort requires.     

Bill Toomey

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.     

Robert Collier

It is always the start that requires the greatest effort.     

James Cash Penney

Without some goal and some effort to reach it, no one can live.     

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.     

Elbert Hubbard

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.     

Napolean Hill

The greater the effort, the greater the glory.     

Pierre Corneille

Goals are the end results of a long hard struggle that is considered the fruit of all efforts.     

Hermann J Steinherr

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.     

Vince Lombardi

It takes a lot of effort to do things effortlessly.     

Alexander Den Heijer