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Endurance

  • The stoicism that comes of endurance has something of death in it.

  • Nothing is won by endurance / but endurance.

    • Marge Piercy,
    • "When a friend dies," The Moon Is Always Female ()
  • ... endurance of inescapable sorrow is something which has to be learned alone. And only to endure is not enough. Endurance can be a harsh and bitter root in one's life, bearing poisonous and gloomy fruit, destroying other lives. Endurance is only the beginning. There must be acceptance and the knowledge that sorrow fully accepted brings its own gifts. For there is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.

  • What cannot be help'd must be endured.

    • Abigail Adams,
    • letter to John Adams (1777), in John P. Kaminski, The Quotable Abigail Adams ()
  • ... to maintain success, stamina is more important than talent. You have to learn to be a marathon runner.

    • Joan Rivers,
    • with Richard Merryman, Enter Talking ()
  • Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

  • Patient endurance / Attaineth to all things.

    • Teresa of Avila,
    • "Bookmark," in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • I have been through the depths of poverty and sickness. When people ask me what has kept me going through the troubles that come to all of us, I always reply: 'I stood yesterday. I can stand today. And I will not permit myself to think about what might happen tomorrow.'

    • Dorothy Dix,
    • in Dorothy Dix, ed., Dale Carnegie's Scrapbook ()
  • The thought that we are enduring the unendurable is one of the things that keep us going.

  • Some things persist by suffering change, others / Endure ...

    • Babette Deutsch,
    • "Homage to the Philosopher," The Collected Poems of Babette Deutsch ()
  • There was a patient look on the old man's face, as if the world were a great mistake and he had nobody with whom to speak his own language or find companionship.

  • Don't give up before the miracle happens.

  • That was the real bitterness, to face the fact that there was nothing to do but endure.

  • ... endurance is not strength ...