Perseverance

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Perseverance is the quality of continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure.

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Quotes

  • Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.
    • Plutarch, Of the Training of Children.
  • With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
    • Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet, as quoted in Frank Leslie's Sunday Magazine Vol. XIX (January - June 1886), p. 89.
  • 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.
    • Winston Churchill, speech at Harrow School, Harrow, England, October 29, 1941.—Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 6, p. 6499 (1974).
  • We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
  • Nothing in the World can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    • Attributed to Calvin Coolidge. Unverified, though this appeared on the cover of the program of a memorial service for him in 1933. The Forbes Library, Northampton, Massachusetts, has searched its Coolidge collection many times for this.
  • What destiny sends, bear! Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
    • Johann Gottfried Herder, as quoted in Beautiful Thoughts from German and Spanish Authors (1868) by C.T. Ramage (Craufurd Tait Ramage).
  • We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth New Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.
    • George Washington, letter to Major General Philip Schuyler, July 15, 1777. — The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 8, p. 408 (1933). This letter concerns the loss of Fort Ticonderoga.
  • The soft droppes of rain perce the hard marble; many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks.
    • John Lyly, Euphues, p. 81. Arber's Reprint (1579).
  • So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse
    Met ever, and to shameful silence brought,
    Yet gives not o'er, though desperate of success.
  • Attempt the end and never stand to doubt;
    Nothing's so hard, but search will find it out.
    • Robert Herrick, Seeke and Finde.
  • When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
    … When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must—but don't you quit.
    … Often the goal is nearer than
    It seems to a faint and faltering man,
    Often the struggler has given up
    When he might have captured the victor's cup.
    • Author unknown, "Don't Quit". Reported in Hazel Felleman, The Best Loved Poems of the American People (1936, reprinted 1957), p. 113–14.
  • Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
    That stuck to their jobs, you see.
    • Minnie Richard Smith, "Stick to Your Job," lines 1–2. Christian F. Kleinknecht, Poor Richard's Anthology of Thoughts on Success (1947), p. 44.
  • By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
    • Proverb, published by Charles Spurgeon in The Salt-cellars : Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon (1889), p. 89.
  • Victory belongs to the most persevering.
    • Napoleon I of France, as quoted in Treasury of Thought: Forming an Encyclopædia of Quotation from Ancient and Modern Authors (1894) by Maturin Murray Ballou.
  • I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
    • Christopher Reeve, in Still Me (1999), p. 267.
  • Many strokes, though with a little axe,
    Hew down and fell the hardest-timber'd oak.
    • William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III (c. 1591), Act II, scene 1, line 54.
  • Invariably will you find perseverance exemplified as the radical principle in every truly great character. It facilitates, perfects, and consolidates the execution of the plan conceived, and renders profitable its results when attained. By continuing to advance steadily in the same way, light constantly increases, obstacles disappear, efficient habits are confirmed, experience is acquired, the use of the best means is reduced to easy action, and success becomes more sure.
    • Elias Lyman Magoon, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 450.
  • We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
    • John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort, Houston, Texas (12 September 1962).

Bible and Christian Quotes

The waters wear the stones. Job 14:19 (KJV)
  • Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
    • Walter Elliott, in The Spiritual Life : Doctrine and Practice of Christian Perfection (1918).
  • 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, as quoted in Proverbial Wisdom : Proverbs, Maxims and Ethical Sentences, of Interest to All Classes of Men. (1903) by Abram N. Coleman, p. 233.
  • Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed sæpe cadendo.
    • The drop hollows out the stone not by strength, but by constant falling.
    • Quoted in the Menagiana, 1713. Probably first to use it was Richard, Monk of S. Victor; Paris.


See Also

Mindset of a Modern Survivalist-Permaculturalist:

See Ben Franklin's moral virtues, precepts, perfections, commandments, survival psychology


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