The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
He is beginning to master wisdom when he tries to learn how not to try.
Nothing [...] will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs, and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
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.
Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man's true worth.
I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win -- if you don't you won t.
It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
Despite the success cult, men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there -- or failing to get there.
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
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.
If someone had told me I would be pope one day, I would have studied harder.
If we all make a concerted effort and try to improve the life of someone else, then this world would be a better place to live in.
A mathematical problem should be difficult in order to entice us, yet not completely inaccessible, lest it mock at our efforts. It should be to us a guide post on the mazy paths to hidden truths, and ultimately a reminder of our pleasure in the successful solution.
The contribution of Islam to history and modern civilization is the product of the efforts of peoples of many races and tongues which came to accept its way of life.
I came to realize that exaggerated concern about what others are doing can be foolish. It can paralyze effort, and stifle a good idea. One finds that in the history of science almost every problem has been worked out by someone else. This should not discourage anyone from pursuing his own path.
The study of mathematics is apt to commence in disappointment... We are told that by its aid the stars are weighed and the billions of molecules in a drop of water are counted. Yet, like the ghost of Hamlet's father, this great science eludes the efforts of our mental weapons to grasp it.
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