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Resolve will melt no rocks. But it can scale them.

GEORGE ELIOT, The Spanish Gypsy

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 are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

CALVIN COOLIDGE, quote from program at Coolidge memorial service, 1933

When you think to take determination of your fate into your own hands, that is the moment you can be crushed. Be cautious.

FRANK HERBERT, Chapterhouse: Dune

Determination is the thing
On which you can depend.
It plods along without a swing,
But gets there in the end.

EDGAR GUEST, "The Thing"

A determined heart takes no counsel.

QUIROS, attributed, Day's Collacon

Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.

LORA LEIGH, Broken Wings

Fall seven times, stand up eight.


Determination is the mental "I will" that gets results.

WESLEY A. STANGER, Notions and Fancy Goods, Jun. 1911

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between men--between the feeble and the powerful, the great and the insignificant--is energy, invincible determination--a purpose once fixed, and death or victory! That quality will do anything that can be done in the world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities, will make a two-legged creature a man without it.

THOMAS FOWELL BUXTON, Memoirs of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent or hinder or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, "Will," Maurine and Other Poems

Determination is the weapon with which I challenge all my challenges.

SAM ADE, Wisdom Untold

To him who has determined, it only remains to act.

J. FLORIO, attributed, Day's Collacon

Determination is the fuel that propels one to higher virtues.


Your ability to shape your destiny is directly proportional to your belief that it is a matter of will and determination--however much or little that belief may be.

JAMES A. OWEN, The Barbizon Diaries

Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.

BURT LAWLOR, attributed, 1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes

Determination is power. If the prospect be dark, kindle up the fire of resolution that nothing but death can extinguish.

CHARLES SIMMONS, A Laconic Manual and Brief Remarker

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

CHARLES DE GAULLE, The Edge of the Sword

Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.

ANTHONY ROBBINS, Awaken the Giant Within

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

TOMMY LASORDA, attributed, Winning Words: Classic Quotes from the World of Sports

Determination is winning by long strides and easy stages, preparing an advance for each march forward. It is knowledge of the existence of all good; the power that confidence gives. Knowing in advance that no problem evolved by mind cannot be solved by mind, it is that which presses us onward and upward toward that which we desire to accomplish, and which eventually lands us exactly where we wished to be. Often it follows a different route than we mapped out. Often we win by methods never before presented to us, but with full knowledge that we have within us that which can accomplish all things and solve all problems if we persist and follow.

WESLEY A. STANGER, Notions and Fancy Goods, Jun. 1911


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