We often refer to people’s achievements as overnight successes and it’s hardly the case. Most of those who made it big in what seems to be no time at all, have sacrificed a lot, went through sleepless nights and most of all, they worked harder than ever.

Take a look at your favorite athletes. Behind their success there are so many years of practice, strict diets and an incredible drive to become the best. Allow the following hard work quotes to discipline and motivate you on your own way to greatness.

Another example are the artists we admire so much — they put everything they’ve got into their passion in order to remain on top for decades. And think of Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, who never took a day off in his 20s. So, you see, great achievements don’t happen overnight, except from maybe when you win the lottery.

If you’ve set a goal for yourself, work hard to achieve it, be patient and all your sacrifices will eventually pay off. And keep in mind that even a great talent that is not constantly nourished will fade away in time.

Here are 70 hard work quotes that will help you keep your eyes on the prize:

Motivational hard work quotes

A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. 

COLIN POWELL

I can never be safe. I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am. 

BEYONCE

Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. 

TIM NOTKE

It’s not about money or connection — it’s the willingness to outwork and out-learn everyone. 

MARK CUBAN (more Mark Cuban quotes)

What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. 

MARGARET THATCHER

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work. 

STEPHEN KING

If you are willing to work hard and ask lots of questions, you can learn business pretty fast.

 STEVE JOBS (more Steve Jobs quotes)

Entrepreneurship is a great leveler. The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash. 

RICHARD BRANSON

A lot of hard work is hidden behind nice things. 

RALPH LAUREN

No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.

ELON MUSK

We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.

ARIANA HUFFINGTON

Men die of boredom, psychological conflict and disease. They do not die of hard work.

DAVID OGILVY

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

VIDAL SASSOON

Without labor, nothing prospers.

SOPHOCLES

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

PAT RILEY

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.

J.C. PENNEY

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

OPRAH WINFREY

The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL

Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

BRUCE LEE

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

CONRAD HILTON

Hard work pays off quotes

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. 

STUBBY CURRENCE

If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever. 

SAM WALTON

Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.

BEN CARSON

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense. 

THOMAS EDISON

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. 

RAY KROC

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. 

PELE

See, winners embrace hard work.

LOU HOLTZ

Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it’ll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.

KEVIN HART

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time. 

COCO CHANEL

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. 

DALE CARNEGIE (more Dale Carnegie quotes)

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. 

CALVIN COOLIDGE

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

CHARLES F. KETTERING

I’m against retiring. The thing that keeps a man alive is having something to do.

COLONEL SANDERS

Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.

DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.

JESSICA SAVITCH

It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.

ROGER STAUBACH

I work hard because I love my work.

BILL GATES

Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.

MALCOLM FORBES

Do or do not. There is no try.

YODA

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

THOMAS JEFFERSON

Work hard, have fun, make history.

JEFF BEZOS

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON

I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Be honest, work hard, have fun, be grateful, and pay it forward.

BRUCE T. HALLE

Hard work beats talent quotes

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. 

MAHATMA GANDHI (more Mahatma Gandhi quotes)

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. 

MARGARET MEAD (more Margaret Mead quotes)

Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice. 

HENRY FORD

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

MICHAEL JORDAN (more Michael Jordan quotes)

I’ve learned that anything in life worth having comes from patience and hard work. 

GREG BEHRENDT

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. 

VINCE LOMBARDI (more Vince Lombardi quotes)

Great companies are built in the office, with hard work put in by a team. 

EMILY CHANG

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

LUCILLE BALL

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. 

ANDREW CARNEGIE

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

NEWT GINGRICH

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it.

BRUCE JENNER

I think that my biggest attribute to any success that I have had is hard work. There really is no substitute for working hard.

MARIA BARTIROMO

Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus & hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks.

ELBERT HUBBARD

Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.

DALAI LAMA

It’s hard to beat a person who doesn’t give up.

BABE RUTH

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.

CHARLES KINGSLEIGH

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

SALVADOR DALI

Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst.

CAMPBELL SCOTT

You can achieve anything you put your mind and hard work to.

SARA SAMPAIO

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.

DAVID ROCKEFELLER

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy. 

ROBERT HALF

There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices, and persistence.

MICHELLE OBAMA

All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.

ERIC THOMAS

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

JACK DIXON