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Quotations about Perseverance

Don't be ashamed to fail. Be too proud to cease trying. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Girls, 1902

[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

You have failed, and who has not? You have risen, and, lifting the blind, have greeted the sun and said, "This will be my best day, this day will count." ~Charles F. Raymond, "The Call to the Young," Just Be Glad, 1907

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author unknown

When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." ~Author unknown

Sometimes you feel like giving up, but then you look at other people who have given up, and the results aren't that good. ~Robert Brault,

Nothing gives a man more confidence in himself than the habit of perseverance. ~Thomas Clark Henley, A Handful of Paper Shavings, 1861

Self-confidence is no doubt useful, but it would be more correct to say that what was wanted was firstly perseverance, secondly perseverance, and thirdly perseverance. ~John Lubbock, "Industry," The Use of Life, 1894

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. ~Author unknown

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! ~Author unknown

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author unknown

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese proverb

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Marie Register Weedn (1929–2015), Flavia and the Dream Maker, 1988,

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits. ~Robert Brault,

Talent made a poor Appearance
Until he married Perseverance.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Persistence," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

This is the lesson:  never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~Winston Churchill, speech, 1941

The lesson of history is that most advances are by half-step, most progress by partial success. ~Robert Brault,, 2019

While I might find pleasure in your approval, your disapproval will not deter me. ~Muriel Strode (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. ~Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893  [Vivie —tg]

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author unknown

...perseverance, dear my lord,
Keeps honour bright: to have done is to hang
Quite out of fashion, like a rusty mail
In monumental mockery.
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [III, 3, Ulysses]

Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. ~Author unknown

You may not hit a home run — but that's no reason to stop swinging. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

If you're going through hell, keep on going. ~Author unknown, modification of an anonymous quotation from around the 1940s  []

Experiment with Many Things, until
Through learning what Won't Work, you find what Will.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Indomitability," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Never stop pedaling to power your dreams. ~Terri Guillemets

Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author unknown

O snail,
Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!
~Issa (1763–1828), translated by R. H. Blyth, 1947

Strength will ease a can't to a can. ~Kak Sri, @kaksri, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

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"

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

Pull yourself together and use what you have. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon,

Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~Oliver Goldsmith, c.1760  []

The heroine stumbled, but each time she picked herself up was another victory. ~Terri Guillemets

You can move a lot of water with a thimble. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent — that it does not have to be recognized by others. ~Robert Brault,

When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. ~Author unknown

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

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

Persistence is a virtue — as long as you don't carry it too far. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer,

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