PERSISTENCE QUOTES

quotations about persistence

Persistence quote

Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.

BARACK OBAMA, speech, July 12, 2006

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Nothing can be done except little by little.

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, My Heart Laid Bare and Other Prose Writings

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We are made to persist, to complete the whole tour. That's how we find out who we are.

TOBIAS WOLFF, In Pharaoh's Army

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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, attributed in program at Coolidge memorial service, 1933

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Little strokes fell great oaks.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack

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Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.

STEVE MARTIN, Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

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There are very few cases of overnight success. Most success cases--including rock bands who seem to explode out of nowhere--involve longer term persistence and commitment to an interest.

PATRICK COMBS, Major in Success

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The key of persistence will open up any door that has been closed by resistance.

JOHN DI LEMME, 177 Motivational Success Quotes to Live the Championship Life

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

ELBERT HUBBARD, attributed, The Search for the North Pole

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Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.

ANONYMOUS

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Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

BILL BRADLEY, attributed, Life: Tips for the Journey

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Many strokes, though with a little axe,
Hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VI, Part III

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When your efforts run in the face of conventional wisdom and accepted mastery, persistence can look like madness. If you succeed in the end, this extreme originality reformulates into a new level of mastery, sometimes even genius; if you fail in the end, you remain a madman in the eyes of others, and maybe even yourself. When you are in the midst of the journey ... there's really no way of knowing which one you are.

HILARY AUSTEN, Artistry Unleashed

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Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.

MINNIE RICHARD SMITH, "Stick to Your Job", Poor Richard's Anthology of Thoughts on Success

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Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941

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A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.

ANONYMOUS

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

CHARLES SPURGEON, The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon

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The truth is that persistence equals success. What I mean by this is that if we look at those who are the most successful in the world, persistence is the common denominator.

JUSTIN SACHS, The Power of Persistence

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Persistence is recognizing that there are challenges and hurdles to be crossed before life's visions are realized.

JOYCELYN DANKWA, Persistence Has Great Gain

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Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.

WALTER ELLIOTT, The Spiritual Life: Doctrine and the Practice of Christian Perfection

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