God helps those who help themselves
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- God helps them that help themselves
- heaven helps those who help themselves
- the Lord helps those who help themselves
First appearing in English (in this form) in 1698, in Algernon Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government, chapter 2, section 23. Translation of a maxim found in Ancient Greek and Roman literature.
good fortune comes to those who make an effort to accomplish things