Quotes on Persistence

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan Quote Details

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Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. Leonardo da Vinci Quote Details

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Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there. Harvey Mackay Quote Details

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Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams Quote Details

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Never, never, never, never give up. Sir Winston Churchill Quote Details

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The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. Lucretius Quote Details

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Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke Quote Details

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What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quote Details

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Progress, however, of the best kind, is comparatively slow. Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step. Samuel Smiles Quote Details

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To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action. Michael Hanson Quote Details

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To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success. Anna Pavlova Quote Details

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Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman Quote Details

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Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur Quote Details

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I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. Harper Lee Quote Details

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A determinate purpose in life and a steady adhesion to it through all disadvantages are indispensable conditions of success. William Punshon Quote Details

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather Quote Details

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The successful man lengthens his stride when he discovers that the signpost has deceived him; the failure looks for a place to sit down. J. R. Rogers Quote Details

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We do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts. Françoise de Maintenon Quote Details

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Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there. David Zucker Quote Details

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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Alva Edison Quote Details

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I find in life that most affairs that require serious handling are distasteful. For this reason, I have always believed that the successful man has the hardest battle with himself rather than with the other fellow. To bring one's self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy. Thomas Buckner Quote Details

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Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Ray Kroc Quote Details

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Men who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others idled, have persevered when others gave up in despair, have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose. As a result, they enjoy in later life the success so often erroneously attributed to good luck. Grenville Kleiser Quote Details

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The reason diets and other how-to's don't work for most people is the same reason most how-to books and courses don't work for most people. It isn't that the actions are wrong. It's that people don't keep doing them. Jeff Olson Quote Details

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It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post. Cicero Quote Details

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He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. Menander Quote Details

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All rising to a great place is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon Quote Details

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Big shots are little shots who kept shooting. Christopher Morley Quote Details

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Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object, and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Henry David Thoreau Quote Details

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Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. Sir Winston Churchill Quote Details

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Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. Malcom Forbes Quote Details

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Others can stop you temporarily - you are the only one who can do it permanently. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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A goal casually set and lightly taken is freely abandoned at the first obstacle. Zig Ziglar Quote Details

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Sales people should take lessons from their kids. What does the word "no" mean to a child? Almost nothing. Jim Rohn Quote Details

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Every great success is an accumulation of thousands of ordinary efforts that no one sees or appreciates. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks. David Lloyd George Quote Details

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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Anonymous Quote Details

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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. Samuel Johnson Quote Details

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There is a fine line between persistence and obstinacy. I have come to realize the key is to choose a problem that is worth persistent effort. Dr. Judah Folkman Quote Details

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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich Quote Details

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The first part of success is Get-to-it-iveness; the second part of success is Stick-to-it-iveness. Orison Marden Quote Details

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The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. Thomas Alva Edison Quote Details

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All of the best advice in the world will only help you if you can motivate yourself to take persistent, continuous action in the direction of your goals until you succeed. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. Elbert Hubbard Quote Details

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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton Quote Details

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The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. Og Mandino Quote Details

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It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated - it is finished when it surrenders. Ben Stein Quote Details

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People who don't give up keep trying because they don't base their self-worth on their performance. John Maxwell Quote Details

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There is no failure except no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. Ken Hubbard Quote Details

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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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Failure cannot cope with persistence. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence. Napoleon Hill Quote Details

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Nelson Mandela Quote Details

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The main reason people fail is not because of lack of ability or opportunities. They fail because they lack the inner strength to persist in the face of obstacles and difficulties. That's why trying something almost always leads to failure. By definition, trying something means you will quit if you are not successful. Ruben Gonzalez Quote Details

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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. James Michener Quote Details

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The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. William Faulkner Quote Details

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That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote Details

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You feel better about yourself whenever you push yourself to do your best. You increase your self-esteem whenever you go beyond the point where the average person would normally quit. Brian Tracy Quote Details

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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. William James Quote Details

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Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. Cecil deMille Quote Details

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In most domains, talent is overrated compared to determination — partly because it makes a better story, partly because it gives onlookers an excuse for being lazy, and partly because after a while determination starts to look like talent. Paul Graham Quote Details

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Persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure is a powerful ability. Seth Godin Quote Details

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You should change your goals whenever you get significant new information about yourself or your goal that changes the fundamental reason that you chose the goal to begin with. John T. Reed Quote Details

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The point is that there are times when new information warrants a goal change. The other point is that you cannot change your goals to easier goals every time the going gets tough because it got tough. Persistence is one of the most important qualities necessary for success. But persistence only applies to pursuit of the right goal for you. John T. Reed Quote Details

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The payoff of playing-the-game-for-money is not the money (which you may never see anyway, even after you turn pro). The payoff is that playing the game for money produces the proper professional attitude. It inculcates the lunch-pail mentality, the hard-core, hard-head, hard-hat state of mind that shows up for work despite rain or snow or dark of night and slugs it out day after day. Steven Pressfield Quote Details

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Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours. Orison Marden Quote Details

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Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently pushing what's not working. Derek Sivers Quote Details

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We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them. Bill Walsh Quote Details

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When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do in life. It gives you a vision. But you can't acquire it if you're afraid of keeping score. Pat Summitt Quote Details

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A woodpecker can tap twenty times on a thousand trees and get nowhere, but stay busy. Or he can tap twenty-thousand times on one tree and get dinner. Seth Godin Quote Details

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Goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary. That feeling wears on you. In time, it becomes heavy and uncomfortable. It might even drive you out of the game. Scott Adams Quote Details

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The smartest system for discerning your best path to success involves trying lots of different things—sampling, if you will. For entrepreneurial ventures it might mean quickly bailing out if things don't come together quickly.

That approach might conflict with the advice you've heard all your life—that sticking with something, no matter the obstacles, is important to success. Indeed, most successful people had to chew through a wall at some point. Overcoming obstacles is normally an unavoidable part of the process. But you also need to know when to quit. Persistence is useful, but there's no point in being an idiot about it.
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There have been times I stuck with bad ideas for far too long out of a misguided sense that persistence is a virtue. The pattern I noticed was this: Things that will someday work out well start out well. Things that will never work start out bad and stay that way. What you rarely see is a stillborn failure that transmogrifies into a stellar success. Small successes can grow into big ones, but failures rarely grow into successes. Scott Adams Quote Details

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