Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work.
If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Work can be hard sometimes - acting - the arts can be hard sometimes in that way - hard to give yourself that inspiration if you don't have a job.
I was having such a hard time when I made Sylvia. I gave everything I had for that role. It's one or two or three things I'm most proud of in terms of my work. But it was very dark.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.
I worked very hard, but I think it's unfair to make it all sound like it's all David's fault.
It's been hard to hand over the working design of Freedom Tower to another architect - although we're still a part of the team, and so is Larry.
Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.
It's definitely a dream come true to be recognized and to be able to sign autographs. But, it's also a lot of hard work and can be draining. If you don't know already, you will quickly learn who your real friends are.
It's only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.
I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was so desperate to get a job and couldn't and so it's kind of an anathema for me to turn down work.
Politics itself is so unsexy, isn't it? But when the politics in creative works are really explored - not used as a vehicle - the results can be really interesting.
I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had. And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would. I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled.
If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
I had therefore, no hesitation in giving all the information I had, even though occasionally I tried to concentrate mainly on giving information about the results of my own work.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
When you're nursing and you're working 18-hour days, that's pretty hard.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.