Is there a common English proverb, or maxim which means happiness won't come unless you work hard?
Looking online for idioms about happiness, I found several resources but they only speak about the degree of happiness; e.g. on cloud nine, jump for joy, and over the moon. Whereas the website Special Dictionary has a list of proverbs about happiness, they are not English ones. The closest I found was Finnish.
- Happiness does not come from happiness itself, but from the journey towards achieving it.
I have come up with three versions, but are they idiomatic?
- Happiness only comes through hard work.
- You'll never be happy unless you work hard.
- You will not get happiness without doing hard work.
Is there a well-known proverb I can use instead?