There never has been devised, and there never will be devised, any law which will enable a man to succeed save by the exercise of those qualities which have always been the prerequisites of success the qualities of hard work, of keen intelligence, of unflinching will.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
There is a point, of course, where a man must take the isolated peak and break with all his associates for clear principle but until that time comes he must work, if he would be of use, with men as they are. As long as the good in them overbalances the evil, let him work with them for the best that can be obtained.
The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life.
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