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Stubbornness

  • Weak people can be very stubborn.

  • Where there's a will there's a way, and where there's a child there's a will.

  • I am not so sure that an egocentric childhood—when combined with a strong will—is a bad beginning for one whom life has destined for a career. One at least does not start out in life with an inferiority complex, than which surely nothing can be more hampering. All careers are beset with disappointments, knock-down blows, failures, the persistent enmity of mean vestigial minds. To say nothing of one's own mistakes. But if one has that inner conviction, however illogical it may appear at the time, that one must succeed (i.e. have one's own way), that the reverse is unthinkable, pertinacity is as natural as confidence and the battle is half won.

  • Bulldogs have been known to fall on their swords when confronted by my superior tenacity ...

  • Certainly the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.

  • She was obstinate ... if she were hard pressed, she would seem to give way at every point and having thus misled the enemy would be found later in quiet possession of all the disputed ground.

  • She had a point and Aragon guessed that she would cling to it even if it impaled her.

  • I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

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

  • ... the world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.

  • You're a perfect child, a stubborn child! Your mind's in pigtails, like your hair.

  • 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.

  • In the face of an obstacle which it is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.

  • It's only by being obstinate that anything is got, or done.

  • ... he had the terrific stubbornness of an essentially weak nature.

  • ... there's nothing as powerful as a made-up mind!

  • Consistency can be a trap, especially if it leads to being consistently wrong rather than to stopping, admitting your mistake, and changing course.

  • Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.

  • When anyone tells me I can't do anything, why, I'm just not listening any more.

  • There's evidence that the more misinformed we are, the more strongly we insist that we're correct.

    • Brooks Jackson,
    • in Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation ()
  • Nothing comes of butting your head against a stone wall except a feeling of relief when you stop.

  • ... it was ... the face of a man difficult to lead, and impossible to drive.