There are two kinds of people : those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group. There is less competition there.
(Indira Gandhi : Former Prime Minister of India)
Excellence, in any department, can now be attained only by the labour of a lifetime. It is not purchased at a lesser price.
What men want is not talent. It is purpose. In other words, not the power to achieve but the will to labour. I believe that labour judiciously and continuously applied becomes genius.
(Bulwer-Lytton : 1803-1873)
You have feet. Why do you pretend to be lame?
You have hands. Why do you hide your fingers?
When the master puts a spade in his slave's hand,
He need not speak in order to make his object known.
(Jalaluddin Rumi : translated from Persian)
You must have no dependence on your own genius. If you have great talents, industry will improve them. If you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency. Nothing is denied to well-directed labour. Nothing is to be obtained without it.
(William Hazlitt : Table Talk)
No man is born into the world whose work
Is not born with him; there is always work.
And tools to work withal, for those who will:
And blessed are the horny hands of toil!
(James Russell Lowel)
It always does seem to me that I am doing more work than I should do. It is not that I object to the work, mind you. I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me. The idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart.
(Jerome K. Jerome : 1859-1927 : Three Men in a Boat)
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. General recognition of this fact is shown in the proverbial phrase, "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."
(Cyril Northcote Parkinson : Parkinson's Law)