Most of the important things in the world have
by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope
at all. -Dale
the extra mile. It's never crowded.
I look at the kids training today. . . I can tell which ones
are going to do well.
Itís not necessarily the ones who have
the most natural talent or who fall the least.
Sometimes itís the
kids who fall the most, and keep pulling themselves up and trying
again. -Michelle Kwan
Be of good cheer. Do not think of todayís failures, but of the success
that may come tomorrow. You
have set yourselves a difficult task,
but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in
no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
you get into a tight place and everything goes against you,
till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the
tide will turn. -Harriet
can people not accomplish if they will but master the
secret of steadfast perseverance.
People who have attained things worth having in
have worked while others idled, have persevered when
gave up in despair, have practiced early in life the
habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of
As a result,
they enjoy in later life the success so often
attributed to good luck.
make their sports look easy because of the thousands
of hours of work that they've devoted to their sports. A
singer seems to be able to hit every note effortlessly only
he or she has spent countless hours practicing and learning and
practicing some more. When they become successful, it's easy
to call them lucky or to forget the amount of work that they've
put into their chosen field, but the fact is that they kept on
what they wanted to do and didn't give up.
|I am not discouraged, because every wrong
discarded is another step forward.
-Thomas A. Edison
heights by great ones reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning
with one corner of the canvas, painting what he or she thinks
there, not quite pulling it off, covering it over with white
and trying again, each time finding out what the painting isn't,
he or she finally finds out what it is. And when you finally
do find out
what one corner of your vision is, you're off and running.
you put your hand to the plow,
you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.
are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the
doing of great things: strength and perseverance.
the lot of but a few privileged people; but austere perseverance,
harsh and continuous, may be employed by the least of us and
fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly
greater with time. -Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe
|Perseverance is a great element of success.
If you only knock loud enough at the gate,
you are sure to wake up somebody.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
depends upon staying power. The reason for failure
in most cases is lack of perseverance.
|When nothing seems to
help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away
at a 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
that blow that
did it--but all that had gone before.
|In the confrontation between the stream and the
rock, the stream always
wins--not through strength but by perseverance.
-H. Jackson Brown
is not easy for any
of us. But what of that?
We must have
and above all confidence
in ourselves. We must
believe that we are gifted
for something, and that
cost, must be attained.
are two ways of attaining an important end--force and
Force falls to the lot of a privileged few, but austere and
perseverance by the insignificant--its silent power grows
irresistible with time.
S. Swetchine (see the quotation attributed to Goethe above)
in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will
nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is filled with educated derelicts.
Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.
of the simplest things about all facts of life is that
to get where you want to go, you must keep on keeping on.
works are performed, not by strength,
but by perseverance. Those that walk with vigor,
three hours a day, will pass in seven years a space
equal to the circumference of the globe.
people begin their success
where others end in failure.
Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.
It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his haul, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought.
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People say, "What is the
sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we
must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a
time. -Dorothy Day
You don't just luck into things as much as
you'd like to think you do. You build them step by step,
whether it's friendships or opportunities.
Even the woodpeckers
owe their success to the fact that they use their heads and keep
pecking away until they finish the job they
start. -Coleman Cox
"When I was a young man," he said,
"the last wolf in this part of the country was hunted down
and killed. The newcomers to this land brought their
long-held fears of the wolf with them. The newcomers
thought, and still think, that the wolf was successful because he
loved to kill and was good at it. To them, he was evil and
had to be killed. They didn't realize that he failed more
than he succeeded. He went hungry eight or nine times out of
ten because his prey got away. When he finally succeeded the
tenth time, he satisfied his hunger. What others saw as a
lust for killing was really perseverance. That was the
secret of his success: He never quit."
M. Marshall III
It is not so much brilliancy
of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort,
constancy of purpose, that makes a great person. Persistency
always gives confidence. Everybody believes in the people
who persist. They may meet misfortunes, sorrows, and
reverses, but everybody believes that they will ultimately triumph
because they know there is no keeping them down. "Do
they keep at it? are they persistent?" are the
questions which the world asks about us. Even the person
with small ability will often succeed if he or she has the quality
of persistence, where a genius without persistence would
The world doesn't come to the
clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate,
one-idea-at-a-time people. -Mary Roberts
Whether it's a
career in the arts, sports, business, or the professions, the way
to perfect our skills is through diligent practice and study on a
consistent basis. This means making the commitment to
develop our self-discipline and to persist and endure until the
goal is met. This commitment to "finish the race"
may not always be easy. There are often occasions when we
may be tempted to spend valuable time pursuing those interests
that give pleasure while neglecting our long-range
Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
And I recall an
account of Trollope going up to London to pick up a rejected
manuscript from a publisher, getting on the train to return home,
laying the bulky bundle on his lap face down, and beginning a new
book on the back pages of the rejected
One only gets to the top rung
of the ladder by steadily climbing up one rung at a time, and
suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you
thought never belonged to you--suddenly become within your own
possibility and you think, "Well, I'll have a go,
too." -Margaret Thatcher
You're not obligated to win.
You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every
day. -Marion Wright Edelman
Instead of thinking
about where you are, think about where you want to be. It
takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight
success. -Diana Rankin
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