Effort quotes

  • It seems that I have spent my entire life trying to make life more rational and that it was all wasted effort.
    -- A.J. Ayer

    #Effort #Insightful #Trying

  • At which time the repulsor puts out its final effort and slows you down so you crash quite slowly into the surface." "Crash." "Quite slowly." Face & Luke
    -- Aaron Allston

    #Effort #Finals #Faces

  • Our response has been, 'Well, let's then make an effort to get the Israelis and the Palestinians to sit around the table.' That hasn't happened. So we only have ourselves to blame for this crisis.
    -- Abdallah II

    #Effort #Tables #Blame

  • [Castellani's testimony] clearly illustrates the concern we have that there is no way to separate the efforts to proselytize from the efforts to reform people.
    -- Abraham Foxman

    #People #Effort #Scary

  • As labor is the common burden of our race, so the effort of some to shift their share of the burden onto the shoulders of others is the great durable curse of the race.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Race #Effort #Common

  • A recent report by UNEP and Interpol estimated that between 50 to 90 per cent of logging in key tropical countries of the Amazon basin, Central Africa and South East Asia is being carried out by organized crime. This threatens not only attempts to eradicate poverty and deforestation but also efforts to combat climate change.
    -- Achim Steiner

    #Country #Keys #Effort

  • But even race-neutral policies and recruitment efforts designed to achieve greater diversity are, in the end, not race neutral.
    -- Adam Schiff

    #Race #Diversity #Effort

  • The relationship of the toastmaster to speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
    -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    #Relationship #Dancer #Effort

  • I began to study again, and now for the first time really achieved an understanding of the content of the Jew Karl Marx's life effort. Only now did his Capital become really intelligible to me, and also the struggle of the Social Democracy against the national economy, which aims only to prepare the ground for the domination of truly international finance and stock exchange capital.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Struggle #Effort #Understanding

  • If nature does not wish that weaker individuals should mate with stronger, she wishes even less that a superior race should intermingle with an inferior one; because in such cases all her efforts, throughout hundreds of thousands of years, to establish an evolutionary higher stage of being, may thus be rendered futile
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Race #Years #Effort

  • My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.
    -- Adrian Belew

    #Work Out #Effort #Trying

  • Wit is artificial; humor is natural. Wit is accidental; humor is inevitable. Wit is born of conscious effort; humor, of the allotted ironies of fate. Wit can be expressed only in language; humor can be developed sufficiently in situation.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Humor #Fate #Effort

  • "We will coordinate efforts of the PLO with responsible authorities in Jordan in all fields - politically, militarily and materially..." "It was very probable that the Jordan army might start the battle."
    -- Ahmad Shukeiri

    #War #Army #Effort

  • In an effort to get the work of the Lord done we often lose contact with the Lord of work.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Effort #Done #Lord

  • Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment, the effort to overcome laziness and merit, the effort to make each activity of our day meditation.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Effort #Meditation #Overcoming

  • There're so many things I want to do, like become more media savvy. I am too lazy. But I'm making an effort.
    -- Ajay Devgan

    #Media #Effort #Lazy

  • So, to praise others for their virtues - Can but encourage one's own efforts
    -- Akkineni Nagarjuna

    #Helping Others #Effort #Praise

  • Our photographs are filthier and our stories are more disgusting. We make no effort to be artistic.
    -- Al Goldstein

    #Effort #Stories #Artistic

  • The insistence on complete certainty about the full details of global warming-the most serious threat we have ever faced-is actually an effort to avoid facing the awful, uncomfortable truth: that we must act boldly, decisively, comprehensively, and quickly, even before we know every last detail about the crisis. Those who continue to argue that the appropriate response is merely additional research are simply seeking to camouflage timidity or protect their vested interest in the status quo.
    -- Al Gore

    #Effort #Serious #Details

  • Book dedication To myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible.
    -- Al Jaffee

    #Book #Dedication #Effort

  • Once you discover that you can, then you must. And it's not easy. You have to take direct steps. You really have to count your blessings and you have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the blues.
    -- Al Jarreau

    #Blessing #Effort #Steps

  • You have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the Blues.
    -- Al Jarreau

    #Music #Effort #Blues Music

  • Despite the best efforts of critics and the hopes of authors, our tastes in books are probably as inherent & unbudgeable as those in food.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Book #Effort #Taste

  • All the effort went into getting there and then I had nothing left. I thought I'd got somewhere, then I found I had to go on.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Effort #Goes On #Found

  • I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.
    -- Alan Chambers

    #Sorry #Effort #Parent

  • Do what is healing to your spirit and without effort you will bring the world healing in return.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Healing #Health #Effort

  • It may also be pertinent to ask whether a greater effort in the less expensive basic stages of research may not lead to reductions of effort in the far costlier stages of development and prototype construction.
    -- Alan Tower Waterman

    #Effort #Research #Development

  • The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
    -- Alan Watts

    #People #Effort #Ego

  • Life and love generate effort but effort will not generate them.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Life And Love #Effort #And Love

  • Persons who have a strong sense of efficacy deploy their attention and effort to the demands of the situation and are spurred by obstacles to greater effort.
    -- Albert Bandura

    #Strong #Effort #Attention

  • Appreciation of works of art requires organized effort and systematic study. Art appreciation can no more be absorbed by aimless wandering in galleries than can surgery be learned by casual visits to a hospital.
    -- Albert C. Barnes

    #Appreciation #Art #Effort

  • The most exhausting effort in my life has been to suppress my own nature in order to make it serve my biggest plans.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Inspirational #Order #Effort

  • The effort to strive for truth has to precede all other efforts.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Effort #Strive

  • One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Memorable #Goal #Effort

  • People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection.
    -- Albert Ellis

    #People #Rejection #Effort

  • Personal publicity of every kind is utterly distasteful to me, and I have made greater efforts to escape it than most people make to get it.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #People #Effort #Publicity

  • The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Sacrifice #Effort #World

  • he had been making an unsuccessful effort to write something about nothing in particular
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Writing #Effort #Unsuccessful

  • I found that our Soviet espionage efforts had virtually never, or had very seldom, produced any worthwhile political or economic intelligence on the Soviet Union.
    -- Aldrich Ames

    #Effort #Political #Unions

  • The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent.
    -- Aldrich Ames

    #Effort #Spy #Pertinent

  • ...the first casualty (of this crisis) had been the United Nations. It would need an immense effort, an almost superhuman effort, to restore the prestige of that organization
    -- Alec Douglas-Home

    #War #Organization #Effort

  • There are moments in life when it is all turned inside out--what is real becomes unreal, what is unreal becomes tangible, and all your levelheaded efforts to keep a tight ontological control are rendered silly and indulgent.
    -- Aleksandar Hemon

    #Real #Silly #Effort

  • Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled with both intent and effort.
    -- Alex Faickney Osborn

    #Creativity #Imagination #Effort

  • Whatever creative success I gained was due to my belief that creative power can be stepped up by effort, and that there are ways in which we can guide our creative thinking.
    -- Alex Faickney Osborn

    #Believe #Thinking #Effort

  • Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.
    -- Alex Faickney Osborn

    #Appreciation #Ideas #Effort

  • Looking effortless takes a lot of effort,
    -- Alexa Chung

    #Effort #Effortless

  • We spend a lot of effort trying to make things look effortless.
    -- Alexander Isley

    #Effort #Trying #Looks

  • It's important to make a statement, but don't kill yourself over it. You have to make an effort, but not go overboard.
    -- Alexandra Roach

    #Effort #Important #Overboard

  • Discipline brings us effort, sacrifice and suffering. Later it brings us something of an inestimable value: something of which those who live only for pleasure, profit or amusement will always be deprived. This peculiar indefinable joy which one must have felt oneself to understand is the sign with which life marks its moment of triumph.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Sacrifice #Discipline #Effort

  • Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Hurt #People #Effort

  • In joy or sorrow, health or sickness, prosperity or the reverse, the effort must still continue. One must rise after every fall and gradually acquire courage, faith, the will to succeed and the capacity to love.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Fall #Joy #Effort

  • One must train oneself, by small and frequent efforts, to dominate one's feelings.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Effort #Feelings #Oneself

  • With the growth of the world population, the global climate change and the need for a greater healthy environment, access to water resources has become a crucial condition for the realization of an equitable international order, where the needs of the peoples are effectively addressed. In this regard, the need for international cooperation, including in joint effort with relevant non-state actors, is paramount to ensure water is made available to all without discrimination. Water is a human right, an enabling right, not a mere commodity.
    -- Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

    #Order #Water #Effort

  • You just have to start putting one foot in front of the other, making an effort to get healthy every day.
    -- Ali Vincent

    #Health #Feet #Effort

  • Now, in our opinion no author should be blamed for obscurity, nor should any pains be grudged in the effort to understand him, provided that he has done his best to be intelligible. Difficult thoughts are quite distinct from difficult words. Difficulty of thought is the very heart of poetry.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Pain #Heart #Effort

  • Genuine feelings are never the product of conscious effort. They are quite simply there, and they are there for a very good reason, even if that reason is not always apparent.
    -- Alice Miller

    #Effort #Feelings #Reason

  • Fortunately art is a community effort - a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
    -- Allen Ginsberg

    #Art #War #Effort

  • I just wanted to set a good example. I wanted to do things that I hadn't done before. My whole thing was to just try to be professional. I think when you work hard, good things happen, so obviously, because we're going to the Finals.
    -- Allen Iverson

    #Hard Work #Thinking #Effort

  • In joint scientific efforts extending over twenty years, initially in collaboration with J. C. Shaw at the RAND Corporation, and subsequently with numerous faculty and student colleagues at Carnegie-Mellon University, they have made basic contributions to artificial intelligence, the psychology of human cognition, and list processing.
    -- Allen Newell

    #Years #Effort #Psychology

  • Culture is the study of perfection, and the constant effort to achieve it.
    -- Allen Tate

    #Perfection #Effort #Culture

  • If we all make a concerted effort and try to improve the life of someone else, then this world would be a better place to live in.
    -- Alonzo Mourning

    #Basketball #Effort #Trying

  • I think this is a very good look at how to tackle this effort. The resources and the talent are here, but now we've got to move forward with some sort of direction.
    -- Alvin Williams

    #Moving #Thinking #Effort

  • I still love coming into work everyday after so many years working as an actress. I've been working more or less continuously and I find I have to really want to do the project to make it work because you have to put such an enormous amount of effort into it.
    -- Amanda Burton

    #Years #Effort #Everyday

  • Because that’s the thing about the exact moment when you get somewhere that has required effort: There’s a freeze-frame instant of total fulfillment, when every expectation has been met and the world is perfect.
    -- Amanda Lindhout

    #Perfect #Expectations #Effort

  • The true but rare runner's high is a zone that we enter when everything seems to click perfectly, when time stands still, and when we can run almost without effort.
    -- Amby Burfoot

    #Running #Effort #Clicks

  • Relationships take time and energy, and your job kind of sucks that all out of you. It takes an extra effort to stay present in a relationship when you are working so many hours.
    -- America Ferrera

    #Jobs #Effort #Energy

  • People expect that they should be understood by you but seldom put in an effort to understand you.
    -- Amit Abraham

    #People #Effort #Should

  • You are the Golden Witnessing Screen. Meditation is the effortless effort to keep that screen clean, clear and perfect.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Perfect #Effort #Meditation

  • Too many of us dissipate our energy by being 'for all good causes,' attending meetings and passing resolutions, organizing and presenting petitions — all this effort to change others, when if we really got down to it we could use this energy to change ourselves… We become tired radicals because we use our weakest weapon: the ballot box, where we are always outnumbered, and refuse to use our strongest weapon: spiritual power.
    -- Ammon Hennacy

    #Spiritual #Tired #Effort

  • The end of foreign occupation is one of the pre-requisites if we are to witness any progress in our efforts to help Iraq go forward.
    -- Amr Moussa

    #Iraq #Effort #Progress

  • You cannot fake effort; talent is great, but perseverance is necessary.
    -- Amy Bloom

    #Perseverance #Fake #Effort

  • You should not be hovering in the background, inflating the drama. Simply envelop him in love and affection and let him know that you will support his efforts, whatever they are.
    -- Amy Dickinson

    #Women #Drama #Effort

  • In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Remembrance #Effort

  • All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world: I am always weaving it because it was once broken.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Broken #Effort #Connections

  • Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.
    -- Anais Nin


  • It is the natural instinct of a child to work from within outwards; "First I think, and then I draw my think." What wasted efforts we make to teach the child to stop thinking, and only to observe!
    -- Ananda Coomaraswamy

    #Children #Thinking #Effort

  • What thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Effort #Demand #Teach

  • In the course of history, all empires have been created with premeditation, by an effort often sustained over several generations. Every power has been Roman to a degree. The United States is the first nation to become the most powerful in the world without having sought to be so. Its exceptional energy and organization have never been oriented toward conquest.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Powerful #Organization #Effort

  • Love born of anxiety resembles a thorn shaped so that efforts to pull it out of one's flesh merely cause it to penetrate more deeply therein.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Love #Anxiety #Effort

  • Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Art #Real #Effort

  • When less than everything has been said about a subject, you can still think on further. The alternative is for the audience to be presented with a final deduction (...) no effort on their part. What can it mean to them when they have not shared with the author the misery and joy of bringing an image into being?
    -- Andrei Tarkovsky

    #Mean #Thinking #Effort

  • (I was) my own teacher and pupil, and thanks to the efforts of both, they were not discontented with each other.
    -- Andres Segovia

    #Teacher #Guitar #Effort

  • As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.
    -- Andrew Delbanco

    #Happy #People #Effort

  • His [Turgot's] first important literary and scholastic effort was a treatise On the Existence of God. Few fragments of it remain, but we are helped to understand him when we learn that he asserted, and to the end of his life maintained, his belief in an Almighty Creator and Upholder of the Universe. It did, indeed, at a later period suit the purposes of his enemies, exasperated by his tolerant spirit and his reforming plans, to proclaim him an atheist; but that sort of charge has been the commonest of missiles against troublesome thinkers in all times.
    -- Andrew Dickson White

    #Atheist #Effort #Enemy

  • I feel that talent means little unless coupled with an insatiable desire to give an excellent personal demonstration of ability...talent must be in company with a capacity for unlimited effort which provides the power that eventually hurdles the difficulties that would frustrate lukewarm enthusiasm.
    -- Andrew Loomis

    #Mean #Giving #Effort

  • God has a plan for His Church upon earth. But alas! we too often make our plan, and we think that we know what ought to be done. We ask God first to bless our feeble efforts, instead of absolutely refusing to go unless God go before us.
    -- Andrew Murray

    #Thinking #Effort #Church

  • No one in USAID embodied the spirit of compassion and brotherhood that underpins our efforts more than Larry Foley.
    -- Andrew Natsios

    #Compassion #Effort #Brotherhood

  • If I want to continue to build the kind of effort we have with Do Something, being in a public office would help. I wouldn't rule it out, but it's not something I feel determined to do.
    -- Andrew Shue

    #Office #Effort #Want

  • The life insurance industry is filled with good people who believe in their work and their companies, but who may never have challenged the assumptions underlying their efforts.
    -- Andrew Tobias

    #Believe #People #Effort

  • Your love is the ultimate love that empowers all your efforts, a true love for what is indestructibly and perpetually you.
    -- Andrew W.K.

    #Love Is #Empowering #Effort

  • Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.
    -- Andrew Weil

    #Skills #Effort #Effort And Time

  • Affirmative action is an effort to include every aspect of society in the decision making.
    -- Andrew Young

    #Effort #Decision #Action

  • I'm not the type of person who goes through all this effort for a movie, and then doesn't care if anybody sees it. I want them to see it, and I want them to see it on the big screen.
    -- Andy Garcia

    #Effort #Care #Want

  • You have to pretend you're 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can't hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.
    -- Andy Grove

    #Self Confidence #Effort #Action

  • You have to understand what it is that you are better at than anybody else and mercilessly focus your efforts on it.
    -- Andy Grove

    #Focus #Effort

  • While generosity may be the antidote for the dizzying effects of wealth, your appetite for more may function as an antidote against God-honoring generosity. Your appetite for more stuff, status, and security has the potential to quash your efforts to be generous. And that's a problem.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Generosity #Effort #May

  • Generosity helps us make a concerted effort to keep the needs of others in the forefront of our thinking. Not for guilt's sake, but for the sake of being good stewards of the resources we have been privileged to manage.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Thinking #Generosity #Effort

  • I like to go back to Chinese film-making from time to time. I don't think I can make Chinese films back to back; it's such a big effort. I'd have to take a very long break.
    -- Ang Lee

    #Thinking #Long #Effort

  • I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.
    -- Angela Merkel

    #Sorry #Athlete #Effort

  • Do you really love me? means, Will you accept me in process? Will you embrace what is different about me and applaud my efforts to become? Can I just be human---strong an vibrant some days, weak and frail on others?...Will you love me even when I disappoint you?...
    -- Angela Thomas

    #Strong #Mean #Effort