Work Ethic Quotes

Quotes tagged as "work-ethic" (showing 1-30 of 312)
Donald J. Trump
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.”
Donald J. Trump

James Dashner
“You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin' up. Plain and simple.”
James Dashner, The Maze Runner

Michael  Grant
“It couldn’t last. Everyone was just killing time. But if all they did was kill time, time would end up killing them.”
Michael Grant, Gone

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”
Chuck Close

Jason Fried
“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”
Jason Fried, Rework

Voltaire
“Perfect is the enemy of good.”
Voltaire

Malcolm Gladwell
“...If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires. (151)”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Martin Luther King Jr.
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Malcolm Gladwell
“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig. (150)”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Margaret Thatcher
“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan”
Margaret Thatcher

Idowu Koyenikan
“Whenever I am in a difficult situation where there seems to be no way out, I think about all the times I have been in such situations and say to myself, "I did it before, so I can do it again.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

David Halberstam
“[On writing:] "There's a great quote by Julius Irving that went, 'Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.'"

(One On 1, interview with Budd Mishkin; NY1, March 25, 2007.)”
David Halberstam, Everything They Had: Sports Writing

Idowu Koyenikan
“Even though your time on the job is temporary, if you do a good enough job, your work there will last forever.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

John D. MacDonald
“...there are people who try to look as if they are doing a good and thorough job, and then there are the people who actually damn well do it, for its own sake.”
John D. MacDonald, Free Fall in Crimson

“You can map out a fight plan or a life plan, but when the action starts, it may not go the way you planned, and you're down to your reflexes - that means your [preparation:]. That's where your roadwork shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning, well, you're going to get found out now, under the bright lights.”
Joe Frazier

Habeeb Akande
“The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for.”
Habeeb Akande

Idowu Koyenikan
“When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars.”
Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability
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“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Samuel Goldwyn

David Sedaris
“but I have no mind for business and considered staying awake to be enough of an accomplishment.”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

William S. Burroughs
“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work and make the right choices and protect your work. And if you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency." - William S. Burroughs”
William S. Burroughs

“It's not what you do but that kind of job you do that makes the difference.”
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Bertrand Russell
“what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first one is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.”
Bertrand Russell, Introduzione alla filosofia matematica

Jeannette Walls
“It was good work, the kind of work that let you sleep soundly at night and, when you awoke, look forward to the day.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

Raymond Carver
“My circumstances of unrelieved responsibility and permanent distraction necessitated the short story form.”
Raymond Carver

Hugh Howey
“I guess what I'm sayin' is, if you want to give Jules a job, be very careful.”

“Why be careful?” Marnes asked.

Marck gazed up at the confusion of pipes and wires overhead.

“'Cause she'll damn well do it. Even if you don't really expect her to.”
Hugh Howey, Wool Omnibus

Orrin Woodward
“The only place where compensation comes before service is in the dictionary or anywhere the government meddles.”
Orrin Woodward, LIFE

Pearl S. Buck
“If I have a handful of silver it is because I work and my wife works, and we do not, as some do, sit idling over a gambling table or gossiping on doorsteps never swept, letting the fields grow to weeds and our children go half-fed!" (Buck, 65)”
Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth

Criss Jami
“A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have in fact used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard worker is just as dysfunctional as the sloth.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Pyotr Kropotkin
“Somebody has said that dust is matter in the wrong place. The same definition applies to nine-tenths of those called lazy. They are people gone astray in a direction that does not answer to their temperament nor to their capacities. In reading the biography of great men, we are struck with the number of "idlers" among them. They were lazy so long as they had not found the right path; afterwards they became laborious to excess. Darwin, Stephenson, and many others belonged to this category of idlers.”
Pyotr Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread

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