We must accept
a problem before we can solve it. We cannot solve a problem by saying
"It's not my problem," and hoping
that someone else will solve it for us. We can
solve a problem only when
we say "This is my problem
it's up to me to solve it."
If something is boring after two
minutes, try it for four.
If still boring, try for eight,
sixteen, thirty-two, and so on.
Eventually, one discovers
that it is not boring, but very interesting.
just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing.
real question is, why did other people stop?
With ordinary talent and
extraordinary perseverance, all things are possible.
-Thomas Foxwell Buxton
You can surmount the obstacles in your path
if you are determined,
be fainthearted. Be resolute,
but never bitter. . . .
Permit no one to
dissuade you from pursuing
the goals you
set for yourselves. Do not fear to pioneer,
down new paths of endeavor. -Ralph J. Bunche
Never give in! Never,
never, never, never. . . .
In nothing great or small,
large or petty,
never give in except to convictions or
honor and good sense! -Winston Churchill
I realized early on
that success was tied to not giving up.
Most people in
this business gave up and went on to other things.
simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people
came in on the bus with you. -Harrison Ford
maturity is the ability to stick to a job
and to struggle
until it is finished,
to endure unpleasantness,
discomfort and frustration. -Edward A. Strecker
A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains
with the green majesty of a forest. I too will set my face to the wind
and throw my handful of seed on high.
The rung of the ladder was never meant to
but only to hold a our foot long enough to
to put the other somewhat higher.
-Thomas Henry Huxley
little troubles and worries of life, so many of which we
may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may
stepping-stones to a noble character and to
Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God
fashions us for better things. -Henry
Risk! Risk anything!
Care no more for the opinion of others,
for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself! Face the truth.
There is in this world no such force
as the force
of a person determined to rise. The human soul
cannot be permanently chained. -W.E.B. Du Bois
Undertake something that is difficult; it
will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond
what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
-Ronald E. Osborn
seas do not make skillful sailors. -African proverb
To reach the port of heaven we must
sail, sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it--but we must sail, not drift or lie at anchor.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
Lord, you give us everything,
at the price of an effort. -Leonardo
We can do anything we want
if we stick to it long enough.
Don't worry about genius. Don't worry about
being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance,
determination. And the best motto for
a long march is,
"Don't grumble. Plug on!"
one ever did anything worth doing
unless they were prepared
to go on with
it long after it became something of a bore.
-Douglas V. Steere
thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things
have outlived the first interest, and not yet
second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
-Janet Erskine Stuart
hollows out a stone. -Lucretius
shall be my parting word: Know what you want to do--then do it.
Make straight for your goal and go
undefeated in spirit to the end. -Ernestine
Would I be turned back from doing a thing that I had determined to
do, and that I knew to be right, by the airs and interference of
such a person, or any person I may say? No, I have no idea
of being so easily persuaded. When I have made up my mind, I
have made it. -Jane Austen, Persuasion
strong-willed is not enough, however. You also have to be
hard on yourself. Someone who was strong-willed but
self-indulgent would not be called determined. Determination
implies your willfulness is balanced by
discipline. -Paul Graham
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