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In order to achieve all of your goals there are times when you will have to be persistent.

There will be difficult times and challenges that you will need to work through.

The key is not to give up and to keep working towards all of your goals.

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Top 10 Persistence Quotes

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein
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Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!

Hector Crawford
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Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering I will try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher
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What I always say is, ‘Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life, and demonstrate that ownership of it.’

Mary Barra
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Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.

Denis Waitley
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In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

Julie Andrews
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Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

Louis Pasteur
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Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.

Scott Hamilton
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My persistence comes from being committed to my goals and my willingness to keep going when everyone else would give up.

Bob Oros
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Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. Travis Bradberry

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.


He conquers who endures. Persius

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather

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Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life. Tony Robbins

Life is made up of a series of tests, trials, and great opportunities. Some are momentary, but most take endurance.

Michael K. Simpson

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even during a mid-life crisis do not deviate from your goal. History remembers only those who succeed. Hockson Floin

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The most extraordinarily successful people are those who have persisted beyond the norm. Justin Sachs

In order to persist, you have to ensure that you surround yourself with positivity.

R.L. Adams

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Persistence means continuing firmly with a course of action despite obstacles and resistance. Sharon Cook and Graciela Sholander

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Knowledge can determine your persistence but when it is not put into practice through skills or properly applied through attitude then knowledge will be useless. Thelma Barnes

Never, never, never, never give up.

Winston Churchill

The most essential factor is persistence the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. James Whitcomb Riley

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Setting a goal that may look a bit unreasonable at first feeds me with the needed energy and motivation to be persistent until I reach it. Marcel Nickler

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. Elbert Hubbard

Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realise the great life.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances. Orison Swett Marden

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas Edison

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I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying. Tom Hopkins

We look for people who demonstrate perseverance in the face of challenges, the ability to influence and motivate others people who want to work relentlessly to ensure that kids who are facing the challenges of poverty have an excellent education.

Wendy Kopp

Perseverance – that was the key word then, and it still remains the basic principle for anyone who wants success. You cannot creatively get anywhere in this life without sturdy application of the persistence principle. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win. Og Mandino

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Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King

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In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins not through strength but by perseverance.

H. Jackson Brown

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it. Vince Lombardi

By perseverance the snail reached the ark. Charles Spurgeon

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Just because you are a CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. Indra Nooyi

To challenge myself to great things is to patiently and persistently expend myself in enduring all of the little things that make up every great thing.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

Doing takes persistence, but it also takes faith or hope that we can get the tasks done or complete the goal at hand. Scott Schwab

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It’s perseverance that’s the key. It’s persevering for long enough to achieve your potential. Lynn Davies

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Perseverance has always just been something that was in me. And it was a tool that came in very handy as a ballerina. Misty Copeland

If you truly can dedicate your life to one single mission, no matter the nature of the mission, then sooner or later the mission itself will pave its own way for you to keep on walking so, close your eyes, visualize your mission and take the leap of faith.

Abhijit Naskar

Keep grinding! Stay persistent! One day you gonna wake up and be exactly where you dreamed you would be. Eric Thomas

My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker. Robert Wise

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Another excellent character trait is persistence. No matter whom you are or where you serve or work, persistence will pay off in many ways. Joe Allen and David Donaldson

You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.

Lou Holtz

The natural consequence of diligence and persistence is competence and success. Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

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The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. David Sarnoff

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Persistence prevails when all else fails. Author Unknown

Your dreams can come true through the power of persistence.

Thelma Barnes

Another key principle in the science of persuasion and influence is persistence. Note that the most persuasive and influential people are those who are eager to keep on asking questions about what they want, as well as continue to demonstrate value. Ian Berry

It seems like any idea can be a success these days with the right amount of persistence and hard work. Joe Procopio

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Don’t let obstacles stand in your way… develop the inner attitude of patience, persistence, and perseverance; and, defeat your own procrastination through action not dreaming. Catherine Pulsifer

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Persistence is the quality of winners. Successful people never, never give up.

Lynda Field

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. Samuel Johnson

Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. Lisa M. Amos

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Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The power can be created and maintained through daily practice continuous effort. Bruce Lee

We have lots of sayings that stress the importance of risk and the power of persistence, such as Nothing ventured, nothing gained and If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again or Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Carol S. Dweck

The great high-road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well-being and well-doing, and they who are the most persistent, and work in the truest spirit, will invariably be the most successful; success treads on the heels of every right effort. Samuel Smiles

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley

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Success is the capacity to learn, to persist, to persevere in order to reach your goal. Byron Pulsifer

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Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.

Orison Swett Marden

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. I will drink the ocean, says the persevering soul; at my will mountains will crumble up. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. Swami Vivekananda

It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it. Thomas Jefferson

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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

Josh Billings

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams

Leaders are rarely born; they are made. Persistence and circumstance play a bigger role in developing a great leader than initial circumstances ever will, so it is this discipline that you must work on, building within your personality. Kula Sellathurai

Motivational Persistence Quotes

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams

Countless great ideas are at this moment gathering dust in files and boxes simply because their owners didn’t stick with them.

Sam Harrison

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure. George Eliot

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Ask anyone who is successful in business and in life what the one thing they mostly attribute their success to and, nine-out-of-ten times, they’ll tell you a story of how they simply refused to give up. Jonathan Mills

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The more you are persistent in one area of life, the hungrier you become for persistence in other areas of your life.

Justin Sachs

Whatever you want you can have, if you want it badly enough, and if you are willing to persist long enough and hard enough in doing what others have done to accomplish similar things before you. Brian Tracy

There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence. Michelle Obama

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Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. Gillian Anderson

There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.

Sophie Swetchine

Success never resides in the world of weak wishes, but in the palace of purposeful plans and prayerful persistence. William Arthur Ward

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We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller

When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’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

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Robert Collier

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Unknown

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Success takes time, persistence, determination, and most importantly, believing in yourself! Your own mental attitude will determine your future. Catherine Pulsifer

I think one of the most important attributes is perseverance. David Rose

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

B. F. Skinner

I can only wish that someday you’ll also be pestered by a student as persistent to learn what you do not wish to teach. Ken Liu

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Even though I didn’t feel like I had much to show yet, I was still an inspiration because my persistence at fighting for my dreams was encouraging to others. Tamara Rasheed

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

No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.

Ramana Maharshi

To persist with a goal, you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it. Richelle E. Goodrich

I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win. Arnold Palmer

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson

Passion, Patience, and Persistence are the ingredients to be an entrepreneur.


God helps those who persevere. The Koran

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Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams. Ben Carson

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. Walter Elliott

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 Weedn

The three ordinary things that we often don’t pay enough attention to, but which I believe are the drivers of all success, are hard work, perseverance, and basic honesty. Azim Premji

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When life knocks you down you have two choices- stay down or get up. Tom Krause

Flaming enthusiasm backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie

The only thing that stands between dreams and reality is persistence.

Abhijit Naskar

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless. Scott Hamilton

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Tis a lesson you should heed. Try, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed try, try, try again. William Edward Hickson

My personal story has always been about perseverance and always getting up when I fall. Maybe I’m not Olympic champion, but I can teach the world about that. Jeremy Abbott

Remain persistent and don’t stray from your path. The power to change your opinion about yourself and your outlook on life is in your hands.

Gavin Bird

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering. Muhammad Ali

Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin

Think P.I.G. – that’s my motto. P stands for Persistence, I stands for Integrity, and G stands for Guts. These are the ingredients for a successful business and a successful life. Linda Chandler

It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person. Kenneth J Hutchins

You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.

Geraldine Brooks

We truly believe with hard work, dedication and perseverance, we can become the best at what we do. No one wants to become mediocre. Andy Biersack

The people who are doing what you want to do – the ones at the top of your field, the ones you look up to – all started right where you are now. They all had their own trials and obstacles. The only difference between them and you is their persistence and their drive. Les Brown

Inspirational Persistence Quotes

When the world says, Give up, Hope whispers, Try it one more time.

Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.

William Cobbett

Generally speaking I think it is safe to say that the larger your dream is, the longer it will take to incubate and manifest, and the more obstacles and problems to solve may be thrown in your way. You must have patience and faith and perseverance or persistence. Bill Tharp

We are looking for a set of personal characteristics that predict success, the first and foremost of which is perseverance in the face of challenges. Wendy Kopp

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Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor Hugo

If you are going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

Without the art of persistence, there can be no gold at the end of the rainbow. …although the building blocks of the art of persistence are basic, it takes a special determination in order to bring the pieces of the puzzle in place. R.L. Adams

From my dad I learned to be good to people, to always be honest and straightforward. I learned hard work and perseverance. Luke Bryan

Well it took many years. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. Walt Disney

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


Portrait painting doesn’t just survive; it thrives. It persists through all the stuttering complexity of change, through the spurts of action and reaction, imitation and contradiction, through all the layering of new and newer technologies. Anthony Connolly

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas Edison

I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. Og Mandino

Make a decision to keep pressing forward. Keep believing and keep stretching until you see your dream fulfilled.

Joel Olsteen

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Pele

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Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. Conrad Hilton

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. Isak Dinesen

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.

Henry Ward Beecher

If you take intellectual information that you learn as a philosophy, and then initiate that knowledge into your life by applying it enough times until you master it, you will ultimately move from being a philosopher to an initiate to a master. Dr Joe. Dispenze

I have always been one to encourage perseverance. Christina Aguilera

The question is not whether you have the money. It is whether you have the hustle. There’s a difference! Nicky Verd

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TRULY, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects.

Napoleon Hill

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. Benjamin Disraeli

If four things are followed having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance then anything can be achieved. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Every obstacle in life can be melted by your undying persistence focus on the goal at hand. Daniel Anikor

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison

What are you here to do? What are you uniquely good at? Add to that the importance of doing it persistently, being dogged. There are massive returns to doggedness. Daniel Pink

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A powerful prayer is one that does not let go. It does not quit. It is profitable and powerful because it is persistent. Michael Catt

Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire. William Godwin

Take a look at toddlers and you’ll see that all of us came here prepared to learn, to keep trying, to focus on goals, and to persist until we get them.

Evelyn Roberts Brooks

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. Kalpana Chawla

I would say that more people fail than succeed because few are able to show persistence in the long run. G. S Clason

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Life is not like the movies. You don’t simply wake up in the morning, hop out of bed and look into the mirror to see that you are automatically healthy, wealthy and content. Life requires persistence and hard work. Dave Craige

If you have mastered your profession but lack the ability to be persistent, you will not succeed… You are a failure when you stop trying again and again.

Dozie Uzochukwu

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle

Perseverance and perspective until victory. Lincoln Diaz-Balart

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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie

It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.

Paulo Coelho

Dreams can come true, but there is a secret. They’re realized through the magic of persistence, determination, commitment, passion, practice, focus and hard work. They happen a step at a time, manifested over years, not weeks. Nan S. Russell

Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated. Bob Riley

A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence. Jim Watkins

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

John D. Rockefeller

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman

When fire is applied to a stone it cracks. Irish Proverbs

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

Lord Chesterfield

Patience is the productivity factor which keeps you persistent in working on your task. Abder-Rahman Ali

The road to perseverance lies by doubt. Francis Quarles

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be passionate and bold. Always keep learning. You stop doing useful things if you don’t learn. So the last part to me is the key, especially if you have had some initial success. It becomes even more critical that you have the learning ‘bit’ always switched on. Satya Nadella

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