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Perseverance

  • ... you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles ...

  • Through persistence, you can be one of those happy, victorious people who not only chases dreams, but who catches them! The persistent man also perseveres long enough for his dreams to catch up with him!

  • One of the first principles of perseverance is to know when to stop persevering.

  • When you get in a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the time and the place the tide will turn.

  • ... there was no end to a road once he had set his feet upon it.

  • You went on and on at it, you wouldn't leave it alone. When one thought the thing was safely thrown out of doors you reappeared at the window with the thing in your mouth.

  • When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, without faith and without hope, suddenly the work will finish itself.

    • Isak Dinesen,
    • in Glenway Wescott, Images of Truth: Remembrances and Criticism ()
  • Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.

    • Ella Fitzgerald,
    • in Bud Kliment, Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of American Song ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • In every human endeavor, persistence is everything.

  • Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.

    • Jane Addams,
    • in Charnan Simon, Jane Addams: Pioneer Social Worker ()
  • It's important to just keep wanting whatever it is you want and fight for it, desperately.

  • When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.

    • Alice Paul,
    • 1919, in Sarah Slavin Schramm, Plow Women Rather Than Reapers: An Intellectual History of Feminism in the United States ()
  • Nobody wanted me. I just kept writing books and learning my craft. Most writers aren't very good in the beginning.

  • To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.

  • Does the road wind uphill all the way? / Yes, to the very end. / Will the day's journey take the whole long day? / From morn to night, my friend.

  • Sink twice before you strike out for land.

  • ... any road is bound to arrive somewhere if you follow it far enough.

  • Tenacity isn't just the most important thing, it's the only thing.

  • Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.

  • Thou hast only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it.

  • That's what she had perseverance. / Step and keeping stepping. / Over obstacles over nonbelievers over no matter what.

  • And I ride ride I ride on to the end — ... / To fail, to flourish, to wither or to win. / We lurch, distribute, we extend, begin.

  • The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.

  • You plant a garden one flower at a time. ... You write a book one word at a time, clean a closet one shelf at a time, run a marathon one step at a time. If you feel defeated by some large task, get your spade and dig the first hole.

  • There is a fine line between perseverance and madness.

  • Aim at a high mark and you'll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you'll hit the bull's-eye of success.

    • Annie Oakley,
    • in Brenda Haugen, Annie Oakley: American Sharpshooter ()
  • I didn't know the odds were so stacked against me. I went for TV shows and never got them. But I kept glued to the pursuit. I was the biggest fool in town, but ultimately I was the biggest fool in town with a job.

  • I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in this universe, you have a chance.

    • Cicely Tyson,
    • in Barbara A. Reynolds, And Still We Rise: Interviews With 50 Black Role Models ()
  • Always remember, the value of persistence is in the fact that so few people have any, you'll be left at the finish line when everyone else has quit in the middle of the race!

  • It's not worthy of human beings to give up.

    • Alva Myrdal,
    • in Sissela Bok, Alva Myrdal: A Daughter's Memoir ()
  • I had only ordinary capacity but extraordinary persistency.

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

    • Minnie Richard Smith,
    • "Stick to Your Job," in C.F. Kleinknecht, Poor Richard's Anthology of Thoughts on Success ()
  • ... you can eat an elephant one bite at a time.

  • ... those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel.

  • Don't assume a door is closed; push on it. Do not assume if it was closed yesterday that it is closed today.

  • ... if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better; we find comfort somewhere ...