Quotes About Diligence

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Seneca
“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject... And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them... Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.”
Seneca, Natural Questions

Martin Luther
“There are two days in my calendar: This day and that Day.”
Martin Luther

Rudyard Kipling
“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.”
Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

Atul Gawande
“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right - one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”
Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

Samuel Johnson
“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life Of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 4

“Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Chuck Close

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Charlotte Brontë
“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get--when our will strains after a path we may not follow--we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste--and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Tsunetomo Yamamoto
“When one is writing a letter, he should think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.”
Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Charles Dickens
“I mean a man whose hopes and aims may sometimes lie (as most men's sometimes do, I dare say) above the ordinary level, but to whom the ordinary level will be high enough after all if it should prove to be a way of usefulness and good service leading to no other. All generous spirits are ambitious, I suppose, but the ambition that calmly trusts itself to such a road, instead of spasmodically trying to fly over it, is of the kind I care for.”
Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Jane Austen
“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawingup at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.”
Jane Austen, Emma

Antonin Sertillanges
“The reward of a work is to have produced it; the reward of effort is to have grown by it.”
Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

Daniel Defoe
“Diligence and Application have their due Encouragement, even in the remotest Parts of the World, and that no Case can be so low, so despicable, or so empty of Prospect, but that an unwearied Industry will go a great way to deliver us from it, will in time raise the meanest Creature to appear again in the World, and give him a new Case for his Life.”
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders

T.K. Naliaka
“Malaria eradication requires a 100% mind-set of success. There are no 70% or 80% or 90% efforts that pass in malaria control and eradication. One single infected mosquito that escapes can go on to bring death to dozens of victims in its lifespan, lay more eggs and restart an outbreak that progresses from a few to dozens to hundreds.”
T.K. Naliaka

John Locke
“...but since He gave it them for their benefit and the greatest conveniences of life they were capable to draw form it, it cannot be supposed He meant it should always remain common and uncultivated. He gave it to the use of the industrious and rational (and labour was to be his title to it)...”
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Au-dessus des mers de nuages, c’est très élégant, mais… au-dessous des mers de nuages c’est l’éternité.

Above the seas of clouds is very elegant, but… below the seas of clouds is eternity.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Ben Carson
“It's not what you know but the kind of job you do that makes the difference.”
Ben Carson

Lailah Gifty Akita
“For every great success, diligence is desirable from the beginning to the very end.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Israelmore Ayivor
“Leaders get to tall heights by taking short steps. Being faithful, diligent and consistent with little steps is the secret to mounting greater heights.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Ladder

Lailah Gifty Akita
“With discipline, dedication and diligence, you will achieve the goal.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“My dear Gorgas,
Instead of being simply satisfied to make friends and draw your pay, it is worth doing your duty, to the best of your ability, for duty’s sake; and in doing this, while the indolent sleep, you may accomplish something that will be of real value to humanity.
Your good friend, Reed
Dr. Walter Reed encouraging Dr. William Gorgas who went on to make history eradicating Yellow Fever in Havana, 1902 and Panama, 1906, liberating the entire North American continent from centuries of Yellow Fever epidemics.”
William Crawford Gorgas, Sanitation in Panama

Israelmore Ayivor
“Fame is not the reason why brands are created and erected. Be diligent, focused and chain unceasing prayers to God who will continue giving you cheers.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream

Charles Murray
“People need self-respect, that self respect must be earned – it cannot be self-respect if it's not earned – and the only way to earn anything is to achieve it in the face of the possibility of failing.”
Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

Robert Louis Stevenson
“At that time my virtue slumbered; my evil, kept awake by ambition, was alert and swift to seize the occasion.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“From a bud of the evening a flower opens its petal in the dawn. The world sees the bud of the last night smiling with nectar on its lips. No one observed the diligence that was needed for the opening of each petal.”
Pratibha Ray

“Our government, media houses, schools, must focus on creating a new culture in our society. A culture of work. A culture of labour. A culture of diligence. A culture of hard work. A culture of perseverance. A culture of persistence. A culture of DIGNITY OF LABOUR.”
Sunday Adelaja

Moffat Machingura
“Life is like a restaurant; you can have anything you want as long as you are willing to pay the price.”
Moffat Machingura, Life Capsules for Success: 50 Energy Capsules to Speed Boost You Towards Your Success, Now!

“For example, the citizens will live out the value of diligence in their enterprises. They will live out the value of prudence in their finances. They will live out the value of industry in the economy. They will live out the value of love in their neighbourhood. They will live out the value of dignity of labour in the market place, etc. All these will go a long way into propelling both the economy and political life of a nation to the greatest height possible.”
Sunday Adelaja

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