An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Champions know there are no shortcuts to the top. They climb the mountain one step at a time. They have no use for helicopters!


Judi Adler (American author on dog breeding)


Warning: Authorities warn that "try" is a dangerous expression that has enormous power to influence your behavior. It's toxic. Use it very carefully. When "try" creeps into your language or into your thoughts, pluck it out quickly.


Walter Anderson (American trainer, author)


The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which life itself, together with the necessity to which it is bound, makes itself felt. For mortals, the "easy life of the gods" would be a lifeless life.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


All that we do is done with an eye to something else.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


I've always tried to do my best on the ball field. I can't do any more than that. I always try to give one hundred percent; and if my team loses, I come back and give one hundred percent the next day.


Jesse Barfield (1959-, American baseball player)


Always do one thing less than you think you can do.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


There are hundreds of tasks we feel we must accomplish in the day, but if we do not take them one at a time... we are bound to break our own physical or mental structure.


Ted Bengermino


It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


Easy DOESN'T do it.


Al Bernstein


You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn't enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.


Larry Bird (1956-, American basketball player, coach)


One has to handle these negative experiences alone.You can't get help from your friends or family.You're finally alone with it, and you have to come to grips with misfortune and go on.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


Men will get no more out of life than they put into it.


William Boetcker


Inscribe all human effort with one word, artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


I honestly believed I would make it. I had the desire. A lot of people have the ability, but they don't put forth the effort.


Joe Carter (1960-, American baseball player)


There's no taking trout with dry breeches.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about -- enjoying things.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


Continuous effort! not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your potential.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Whoever acquires knowledge but does not practice it is like one who ploughs a field but does not sow it.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


To be nobody but myself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make me the same as everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.


EE Cummings (1894-1962, American poet)


To be nobody but myself in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make me the same as everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.


EE Cummings (1894-1962, American poet)


Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness.


Bertha Damon


We must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions.


Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American religious leader)


Who soweth good seed shall surely reap.


Julia C. R. Dorr (1825-1913, American poet, novelist)


Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more.


Horatio W. Dresser


Do your best every day and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness.


Horatio W. Dresser


Do your best every day and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness.


Horatio W. Dresser


Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works.


Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas (1824-1895, French writer)


The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well. The truth is, many things are worth doing only in the most slovenly, halfhearted fashion possible, and many other things are not worth doing at all.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Self-pity is a death that has no resurrection, a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink.


Elizabeth Elliot


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Much effort, much prosperity.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Do each daily task the best we can; act as though the eye of opportunity were always upon us.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different -- to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.


John Fischer


To get the most out of the world one must conscientiously strive to put the most into it. Life without worthy ideals becomes wholly unsatisfying, sour. If our supreme objective is to serve, no blow fate may administer can daunt us.


B.C. Forbes


Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Sufficient to each day are the duties to be done and the trials to be endured.


T.L. Gayler


Racing takes everything you've got -- intellectually, emotionally, physically -- and then you have to find about ten percent more and use that too.


Janet Guthrie (1938-, American race car driver)


If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.


Georges Guynemer


It takes no more effort to expect the best, than to fear for the worst. It's healthier, more productive, and a lot more fun.


Philip Hambert


There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.


Oscar Hammerstein (1846-1919, German theatrical impresario)


Abundant effort compensates for sparse talent.


Larry Hehn


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


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


One of the outstanding tragedies of this age of struggle and money-madness is the fact that so few people are engaged in the effort which they like best. Everyone should find his or her particular niche in the world's work, where both material prosperity and happiness in abundance may be found.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


You can't plant the seed and pick the fruit the next morning.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.


Phil Jackson


We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


People travel in the way of least resistance, by choosing one's environment, one will travel in a particular way.


H. Janicki


To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


To learn, you have to listen. To improve, you have to try.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


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.


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.


Bruce Jenner (1949-, American track athlete, author, speaker)


What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


But the effort, the effort! And as the marrow is eaten out of a man's bones and the soul out of his belly, contending with the strange rapacity of savage life, the lower stage of creation, he cannot make the effort any more.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


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.


Max Lerner (1902-1992, American author, columnist)


The smallest effort is not lost. Each wavelet on the ocean tost aids in the ebb-tide or the flow; each rain-drop makes some floweret blow; each struggle lessens human woe.


Charles MacKay (1814-1889, Scottish poet, song writer)


I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Do your duty, that is best; leave unto the Lord the rest.


David O. McKay


The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Don't ever dare to take your college as a matter of course -- because, like freedom and democracy, many people you'll never know anything about have broken their hearts to get it for you.


Alice Duer Miller


Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


There's something wonderfully rewarding in being part of an effort that does make a difference. And there's something sparkling about being among other people when they're at their best, too.


Brian O'Connell


The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.


Sandra Day O'Connor


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


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


If a man has done his best, what else is there?


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


We know God wipes away all tears, but it certainly feels good when He uses human hands.


Mary Paulson-Lauda


I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field.


Walter Payton (1969-, American football player)


If someone had told me I would be pope one day, I would have studied harder.


Pope John I (938-964, Italian pope)


The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy, and Serenity.


Emily Post (1873-1960, American hostess)


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


Colin Powell (1937-, American Secretary of State)


It takes a whole village to raise a child.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


Rain wets the leopard's spots, but it doesn't wash them off.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The world does not make promises to anybody.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


By trying repeatedly, the monkey learns how to jump from the tree.


Cameroon Proverb (Sayings of Cameroonian origin)


If a man plants melons he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will reap beans.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Ripe fruit falls by itself -- but it doesn't fall in your mouth.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Once does not mean frequently, and twice does not mean constantly.


Costa Rican Proverb


One may go a long way after one is tired.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


To be willing is to be able.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


You've got to do your own growing, not matter how tall your grandfather was.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Crawling on hands and knees has never prevented anyone from walking upright.


Kenyian Proverb


If you plant grass, you won't get rice


Malaysian Proverb


If you want to build high, you must dig deep.


Mongolian Proverb


Incremental efforts have an impact as benefits accumulate.


Singaporean Proverb


The person who plants the lettuce does not always eat the salad.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Eating slowly is good for the stomach; plowing deeply is good for the fields.


Vietnamese Proverb


If you put in you can take out.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


I work every day -- or at least I force myself into my office or room. I may get nothing done, but you don't earn bonuses without putting in time. Nothing may come for three months, but you don't earn the fourth without it.


Mordecai Richler (1931-, Canadian writer)


Ambition is destruction, only competence matters.


Jill Robinson


I would rather earn 1% of a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


So get a few laughs and do the best you can.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Life does not require us to make good; it asks only that we give our best at each level of experience.


Harold Ruopp


If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.


Carl Edward Sagan (1934-, American astronomer, author)


The one thing that matters is the effort.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


Nothing can come of nothing.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Doing your own thing is a generous act. Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You too are a natural resource.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.


Beverly Sills (1929-, American opera singer)


Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you're swinging.


Duke Snider


Come, let us give a little time to folly... and even in a melancholy day let us find time for an hour of pleasure.


St. Bonaventura


When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way. But usually, without being aware of it, we try to change something other than ourselves, we try to order things outside us.  But it is impossible to organize things if you yourself are not in order.  When you do things in the right way, at the right time, everything else will be organized.


Shunryu Suzuki


When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.


Shunryu Suzuki


Everyone confesses in the abstract that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us all; but practically most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule, nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


The only method by which people can be supported is out of the effort of those who are earning their own way. We must not create a deterrent to hard work.


Robert A. Taft (1889-1953, American politician)


If your efforts are sometimes greeted with indifference, don't lose heart. The sun puts on a wonderful show at daybreak, yet most of the people in the audience go on sleeping.


Ada Teixeira


The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 9:11


Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Galatians 6:7


I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can, you can't do any better. So when I go to sleep I turn everything over to the Lord and forget it.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


About the only thing that comes without effort is old age..


Author Unknown


Have you ever watched a stonecutter at work? He will hammer away at a rock for perhaps a 100 times without a crack showing in it. Then, on the 101st blow, it will split in two. It is not that blow alone which accomplished the result, but the 100 others that went before as well.


Author Unknown


If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well.


Author Unknown


If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.


Author Unknown


If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want !


Author Unknown


It's the last inch that counts.


Author Unknown


The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.


Author Unknown


To be number one, you have to train like you are number two.


Author Unknown


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


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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I don't believe people die from hard work. They die from stress and worry and fear -- the negative emotions. Those are the killers, not hard work. The fact is, in our society today, most people don't understand what hard work is all about.


A.L. Williams (American football coach, businessman, author, speaker)


Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


The person who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


If you have enough push, you don't have to worry about the pull.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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