quotations about perseverance
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography
Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
BARACK OBAMA, speech, July 12, 2006
Keep going, keep going come what may. But what is your final goal, you may ask. That goal will become clearer, will emerge slowly but surely, much as the draft turns into the sketch and the sketch into the painting through the serious work done on it, through the elaboration of the original vague idea and through the consolidation of the first fleeting and passing thought.
VINCENT VAN GOGH, letter to Theo van Gogh, July 1880
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, The Sibley Journal of Engineering, 1928
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, oration at Plymouth, 1802
Little strokes fell great oaks.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack
Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.
MINNIE RICHARD SMITH, "Stick to Your Job"
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
NELSON MANDELA, Long Walk to Freedom
People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
ANNE SULLIVAN, letter, October 30, 1887
In the belly of Leviathan ... one can either despair and perish, or be cheerful and persevere.
DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas
Pig-headed stubbornness is the perseverance of somebody we don't like.
ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs
Power will accomplish much, but perseverance more.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Persevere even though Hell and destruction should yawn beneath your feet
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, letter to Edward Fergus Graham, April 23, 1810
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Motivation Lombardi Style
It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end ... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing ... this shadow. Even darkness must pass.
SAMWISE GAMGEE, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Days when you just don't have it, you don't mail it in, you don't pack it in, you give it everything you've got. You grind it out, I don't care what kind of game you have, you somehow try and find a way to get it done ... That's part of my attitude and belief, that you should always have the switch on. You can't turn it on and off.
TIGER WOODS, interview, February 23, 2006
Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Table-Talk
Life ... is not about how fast you run or even with what degree of grace. It's about perseverance, about staying on your feet and slogging forward no matter what.
DEAN KOONTZ, Odd Thomas
Cowards shrink from toil and peril,
Vulgar souls attempt and fail;
Men of mettle, nothing daunted,
Persevere till they prevail.
BHARTRHARI, "The Praise of the Wise Man"
Perseverance removes all obstacles and opens every avenue to power and accomplishment.
WALTER MATTHEWS, "Perseverance"