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Quotations about Perseverance
[K]eep it going! You never can do anything by spasmodic efforts. It's the eternal hammering that does the thing. ~Edward Mott Woolley, "Adventures in Business: The Merchant Who Needed a Press Agent," in The Saturday Evening Post, 1912 September 21st
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life
While I might find pleasure in your approval, your disapproval will not deter me. ~Muriel Strode Lieberman (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893
There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown
Perseverance... keeps honor bright: to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery. ~William Shakespeare
The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius
But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author Unknown
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saints are sinners who kept on going. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying
Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce. ~Vivian Komori
You may not hit a home run — but that's no reason to stop swinging. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com
You learn you can do your best even when it's hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage. ~Joe Namath
The dreams of the broken are mightier than the wishes of the dead. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
Never stop pedaling to power your dreams. ~Terri Guillemets
I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown
Strength will ease a can't to a can. ~Kak Sri, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter
when a rose stands alone,
thriving where no others thrive,
a rare bouquet of one
still strong, still alive....
and I smile...
~Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott, "A Breath of Heaven"
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily. ~Zig Ziglar
Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. ~Charles F. Kettering
Nature remembers every injury but forgives by going on. ~Terri Guillemets, "Hatchets, Shoetread, Storms, & Disdain," 2007
One may go a long way after one is tired. ~French proverb
Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. ~Georges-Louis Leclerc
Pull yourself together and use what you have. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com
Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~Oliver Goldsmith, c.1760 [Thanks, Garson O'Toole of QuoteInvestigator.com! Follow link for details.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert Schuller
Sometimes you must cross a bridge and other times you need to burn it. But, always keep building one and never lose your faith in life. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton
You can move a lot of water with a thimble. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)
Life is more than just a question so keep living and the answer will come. ~Terri Guillemets
As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent — that it does not have to be recognized by others. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. ~Author Unknown
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. ~William James
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" ~Oriah, © Mountain Dreaming, from "The Invitation," 1994 [This is one of those pieces that is difficult to quote from because the entire prose-poem needs to be read to be fully appreciated. Read in its entirety on her website, oriah.org.
The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time. ~Lady Aberdeen
Spring is on the way; summer is on the way; storms are on the way; wars are on the way; sorrow and happiness are on the way; they are all on the way, they are coming! Everything is on the way! Life is a highway; while we are moving on the way, all else is coming towards us! Devil is on the way; angel is on the way! Stay firm on the way! ~Mehmet Murat ildan
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. ~Earl Nightingale
A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather
Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. ~Christopher Morley
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. ~Jacob A. Riis
Persistence is a virtue — as long as you don't carry it too far. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, www.lumpenbangenpiano.com
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