There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky.
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
Paint a masterpiece daily. Always autograph your work with excellence.
One should never criticize his own work except in a fresh and hopeful mood. The self-criticism of a tired mind is suicide.
Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
Never have I thought that I was the happy possessor of a "talent"; my sole concern has been to save myself by work and faith.
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.
A marriage...makes of two fractional
lives a whole;
it gives to two purposeless lives
a work, and doubles the strength
of each to perform it;
it gives to two
a reason for living,
and something to live for;
it will give a new gladness
to the sunshine,
a new fragrance to the flowers,
a new beauty to the earth,
and a new mystery to life.
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation . . . Loving does not at first mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person--it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen . . . to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.
There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.