Quotes on Work

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Always Do More Than is Required of You

"If to do were as easy as to know, paupers' cottages would be princes' palaces."

-Shakespeare (paraphrased)-

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 "There is no free lunch. If there is any magic to life, it is learning how to work with all your 'heart, might, mind, and strength.' Work is a blessing and not a curse."

-George I. Cannon-

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"Housework is what women do that nobody notices until they don't do it."

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"If you can't find the time to do something right the first time....where will you find the time to do it over?"

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 "Let him that would move the world, first move himself."


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"The world is full of willing people, some willing to work and others willing to let them."

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"Steadiness and toil will serve you better than brilliance" 

President James E. Faust, Oct. 1997 Gen. Conf. Priesthood Session)

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"Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success."

David O. McKay

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"The way to get to the top is to get off your bottom."         

Dr. Eugene Swearingen, God's Little Devotional for Graduates, p. 36

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"Hands that work are more blessed than Lips that pray."          

Howard W. Hunter

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"Hard work spotlights the character of people:  some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all."

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"Always do more than is required of you."   

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"Well done is better than well said."   

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"The only thing worse than having too much to do is having not enough." 

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"The trouble with opportunity is it always come disguised as hard work."

Herbert V. Prochnow, Sr. 

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"A cardinal principle of management teaches: When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates."

President Monson - Conference Report, Oct. 1970

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"A good sailor was never made on smooth seas."

-George Q. Cannon-

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"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."


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"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson-

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"Beauty is also to be found in a day's work."

Mamie Sypert Burns

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"Don't tell me how hard you work.  Tell me how much you get done."                     

James Ling

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"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." 

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 Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.

Tim Duncan

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 "I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck."                                                          

Henry Ward Beecher

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"Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."

Rosa Parks

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"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are:  first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; and third, common sense."

Thomas Edison

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"Why aren't you working?" "I didn't see you coming!"


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“Everyone planning to make something worthwhile out of himself must be a self-remade man, and should be an intelligent remodeling job going on all the time.”        

Sterling W. Sill

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“Our work-a-day lives are filled with opportunities to bless others.  The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated.”    

G. Richard Reiger, quoted in the book: Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 39

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