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  • He works so hard, Jeff, and I wish I could persuade him to take things a little more easily; but it would be like inducing a sledge hammer to loiter on the downward arc.

  • 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.

  • The lady's not for turning.

  • When you get to the end of your rope — tie a knot in it and hang on.

  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

  • This I know. This I believe with all my heart. If we want a free and a peaceful world, if we want to make the deserts bloom and man grow to greater dignity as a human being — we can do it!

  • ... when I have jobs I dread, I am for takin' 'em by the forelock and grapplin' with 'em at once.

  • To determine upon success is frequently success itself. ... to a steadfast, consecrated, resolute soul there are no impossibilities.

  • It's important to just keep wanting whatever it is you want and fight for it, desperately.

  • ... she had been born with the bit in her teeth. Jerry had never done anything he wanted to since he had married her, and he hadn't really wanted to do that.

  • I am the initial Fish / rejected on the beach / but determined to live.

    • Etal Adnan,
    • "The Beirut-Hell Express," in Joanna Bankier and Deirdre Lashgari, eds., Women Poets of the World ()
  • I ... resolved to take Fate by the throat and shake a living out of her.

    • Louisa May Alcott,
    • 1858, in Ednah D. Cheney, ed., Louisa May Alcott: Her Life, Letters and Journals ()
  • It may take us a little longer to reach the summit, but never fear, we will get there!

  • She takes viper-broth, which has recovered her strength and spirits perceptibly: she thinks it the best thing you can possibly take. The head and tail of the viper are cut off; it is gutted and skinned; yet, even two hours after, it moves. We could not help comparing this tenacity of life to old passions ...

    • Madame de Sévigné,
    • 1679, Letters of Madame de Sévigné to Her Daughter and Her Friends, vol. 5 ()
  • I put on the page a third look at what I've seen in life — the reinvented experience of a cross-eyed working-class lesbian, addicted to violence, language and hope, who has made the decision to live, is determined to live, on the page and on the street, for me and mine.

  • I think you can make it if you have to make it. You can manage if you have to. Only when you don't have to do it, is when you can't manage.

  • I never had a doubt I would make it, because refusing to think I couldn't make it is the reason I could.

    • Dolly Parton,
    • in Leonore Fleischer, Dolly: Here I Come Again ()
  • Determination, however, can take the place of patience, if earnestly applied.

  • 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.

  • If my own experience had taught me anything, it was that, if a thing had to be done, it could be done.

  • Please understand that there is no one depressed in this house: — we are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; — they do not exist.

    • Queen Victoria,
    • letter to A.J. Balfour during the "Black Week" of the Boer War (1900), in Lady Gwendolyn Cecil, Life of Robert, Marquis of Salisbury, vol. 3 ()
  • 'The doctor says I'm going blind,' she told the children, but privately, she'd intended to do no such thing.

  • My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines.

    • Trieu Thi Trinh,
    • 240, in Nguyên Khac Viên, Vietnam: A Long History ()
  • Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • in Carleton Mabee, Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend ()
  • [When told of a threat to burn down the hall in which she was to speak:] Then I will speak upon the ashes.

    • Sojourner Truth,
    • 1862, in Olive Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth ()
  • 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 ()
  • Most of us have compromised with life. Those who fight for what they want will always thrill us.

    • Vivien Leigh,
    • in Ronald Warren Deutsch, ed., Inspirational Hollywood ()
  • For people sometimes believed that it was safer to live with complaints, was necessary to cooperate with grief, was all right to become an accomplice in self-ambush. ... Took heart to flat out decide to be well and stride into the future sane and whole.

  • Will and energy sometimes prove greater than either genius or talent or temperament.

  • Si se puede ¡ Si se puede ¡ Si se puede ¡