Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt prize quote

No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
— Theodore Roosevelt

As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.
— Katharine Hepburn

The rapture of pursuing is the prize the vanquished gain.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow