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"Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall." ~ Sydney J. Harris

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston Churchill

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” ~Calvin Coolidge quotes

"On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow." Friedrich Nietzsche

"In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins -- not through strength but by perseverance." ~H. Jackson Brown

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to." ~George E. Allen

"Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." ~Plutarch

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." ~Walter Elliott

"It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it." John Wooden

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."  ~Dale Carnegie

"All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." ~Josh Billings

"Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before." ~Herodotus

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature." John D. Rockefeller

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." ~Conrad Hilton

"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. "Here comes number seventy-one!" ~Richard M. Devos

"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience." ~Admiral Hyman Rickover

"For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again." ~[Proverbs 24:16] Bible

"He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature? is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life." ~Henri Frederic Amiel

"The horizon is out there somewhere, and you just keep chasing it, looking for it, and working for it." Bob Dole

". . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." [Revelations 2:10] Bible

". . . The race is not [always] to the swift, nor the battle to the strong. . ." [Ecclesiastes 9:11] Bible

"With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin. With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown." Chinese Proverb

"If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average." M.H. Alderson

"He who does not tire, tires adversity." Anonymous

"In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is." Anonymous

"Patience and perseverance surmount every difficulty." Anonymous

"The dogs bark but the caravan moves on." Anonymous

"There is no point at which having arrived we can remain." Anonymous

"It is a shameful thing for the soul to faint while the body still perseveres." ~Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic - something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word "decide" contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, "With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin." ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth - rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point. " ~Maltbie Davenport Babcock

"A man of sense is never discouraged by difficulties; he redoubles his industry and his diligence, he perseveres, and infallibly prevails at last." ~Lord Chesterfield

"Never give up. Never, never give up!. We shall go on to the end." ~Winston Churchill

"Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves." ~Winston Churchill

"We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. . . . And if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empires beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, will carry on the fight, until in God?s own time the new world in its power and might steps forth to the rescue and liberation of the old." Winston Churchill

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." ~General Dwight Eisenhower

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." ~Walter Elliott

"Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." ~Richard L. Evans

"Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do." Napoleon Hill

"No man is ever whipped, until he quits -- in his own mind." Napoleon Hill

"Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel." Napoleon Hill

"The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail." Napoleon Hill

"Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting." Napoleon Hill

"What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement." Napoleon Hill

"There is no failure except in no longer trying." Elbert Hubbard

"Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance." Dr. Samuel Johnson

"In one of the decisive battles of World War I, disastrous reports poured into the headquarters of Marshal Foch, the commander of the Allied forces. The great general never lost heart. When things were at their worst, he drafted his famous order which is now in all textbooks of military strategy: "My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, my left is wavering. The situation is excellent. I shall attack!" James Keller

"When Babe Didrickson Zaharias, often called the ?athletic phenomenon of all time,? won the British woman?s gold tournament, people said of her what they had said many times before: "Oh, she?s an automatic champion, a natural athlete." When Babe started golfing in earnest thirteen years ago she hit as many as 1,000 balls in one afternoon, playing until her hands were so sore they had to be taped." James Keller

"Having chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts." Abraham Lincoln

"It is not enough to begin; continuance is necessary. Mere enrollment will not make one a scholar; the pupil must continue in the school through the long course, until he masters every branch. Success depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance." Miller

"Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded." Sandra Day O'Connor

"Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little." Plutarch

"If you are truly flexible and go until . . . there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime." Anthony Robbins

"How long should you try? Until"... ~Jim Rohn

"Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you're signed up for a season, see it through. You don't have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through." ~Jim Rohn

"At first we hope too much, later on, not enough." Joseph Roux

"?Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, - and of obstinacy in a bad one." Laurence Sterne

"The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit." Mark Twain

"Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements." Joseph P. Wirthlin

"I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work." Lee Iacocca

"You don't become enormously successful without encountering and overcoming a number of extremely challenging problems." Mark Victor Hansen

"Defeat is simply a signal to press onward." Helen Keller

"He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter." Henry Fielding

"A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must....be undaunted when the going gets tough." Ronald Reagan

"Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round ? remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped." James Corbett

"Perseverance is more prevailing than violence and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little." Plutarch

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." John Quincy Adams



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