"Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do." ~ Elbert Hubbard
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm." ~ Sidney J. Phillips
"The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves." ~ Garth Henrichs
"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." ~ Sam Ewing
"If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor." ~ Ulysses S. Grant
And finally, an interesting take on the value of hard work versus the society we find ourselves in today.