is not giving up.

“It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.”

Claude M. Briston Claude M. Bristol

“Well done is better than well said.”

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); politician, writer, scientist

“The mind determines what’s possible. The heart surpasses it. ”

Pilar Coolinta

“Continuous effort not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Black Elk [Hehaka Sapa] (1863-1950); Lakota Chief

“A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.”

Plutarch (46-127); historian, writer

“Sometimes there is nothing you can do, and in those times, you must do something anyway.”

Garrison Keillor (born 1942); author, radio personality

“You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.”

Les Brown Motivational speaker

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”

George Allen (1918-1990); American football coach

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything, and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”

Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-1661); clergyman, writer

“Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?”

Marian Wright Edelman (born 1939); childrens' rights activist

“There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer (born 1940); author, speaker

“The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.”

Ayn Rand (1905-1982); writer, philosopher

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.”

Thomas Tommy Lasorda (born 1927); athlete

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. ”

John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (1839-1937); oil magnate, philanthropist

“A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); Emporer of France

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

Jim Rohn (1930-2009); entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker

“A will finds a way.”

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924); author, publisher

“The greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground.”


“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist

“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. ”

Woody Allen (born 1935); Comedian

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.”

Hooshang N. Akhtar

“Where the determination is, the way can be found.”

George S. Clason (1874-1957); financial writer

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”

Roger Bannister (born 1929); athlete

“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.”

Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-1661); clergyman, writer

“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”

Uta Hagen (1919-2004); Actress

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970); motivational author

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

Henry Ford (1863-1947); founder of Ford Motor Company

“Never, never, never give up.”

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner

“We will either find a way, or make one.”

Hannibal (247-183); politician, military commander

“No matter what sort of adversity or challenge you might face, you can always believe that, with hope, it can be conquered and, in the end, you will be stronger for it.”

Brooke Ellison (born 1978); first quadriplegic to graduate from Harvard University

“Can't, never tried.”

Robert J. Wright Robert J. Wright, Airline Executive

“You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.”

George Horace Lorimer (1899-1937); editor

“Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.”

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881); Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

Leonardo da da Vinci (1452-1519); artist, inventor, scientist

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969); 34th U.S. President

“Athletes must dig down deep in the heat of competition to win; people must dig down deep in the game of life to succeed. The deeper we dig, the higher we soar. ”

Kirby Maus Executive Director at Dig Down Deep

“It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. ”

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983); philosopher

“No matter how much you plan, it is tenacity, unyielding desire to succeed, and the ability to cope with change that will eventually prevail.”

Perry Payne (born 1966); Rugby Player, Father, Executive

“I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”

George S. Patton (1885-1945); American General in World War I and II

“The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy—invincible determination—a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.”

Sir Thomas Buxton (1786-1845); British Member of Parliament

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman (1899-1981); author, philosopher, theologian, educator, civil rights leader

“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved.”

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902); influential spiritual leader of Vedanta and Yoga.

“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. ”

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977); author, diarist

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Everyday Hero: Edward

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Everyday Hero: Dayana


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Everyday Hero: Martin

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Everyday Hero: Rob

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Everyday Hero: Steve

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Everyday Hero: David

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Everyday Hero: Ralph


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Everyday Hero: Mary Ann

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My hero is my mother, who became a single mother to my six siblings and me when I was 11 years old. Determined to give us the best life possible. my mother moved us from Chicago to her home state of Arkansas. With only a high school education and some college, she took a minimum wage job at a local…

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Everyday Hero: Joe

He's a basketball player for the Hawks. He was raised in the ghetto but made the big leagues and I want to be like him.

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Everyday Hero: My Mommy

I look up to my mom because she is smart,honest,trustworthy,responsible,and very awesome.She is the best mom ever.Awesome describes my mom because she is always the person to talk to and get your answers from( she also is the one who takes me shopping). If you were to ask my mom any question in the world, she would know the answer.My…

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Everyday Hero: Juliette

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Juliette Gordon Lowe is the founder of the Girl Scouts, she believed girls should have the same opportunities as boys.

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Everyday Hero: Denise

Denise was only 12 years old when our mom died. She had already lived through seven years of being hungry, both for food and affection. Then she was left with our father, who abused her in unimaginable ways. She lived with me and my husband briefly, but could not stand living with rules since she had always lived in her…

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Everyday Hero: Vertulie Ferdinand

She was my rock. She opened her door in 1971 to me when I was 2 years old. She taught me moral values and with her nurturing love, I became a nurse, a business woman, most of all a philanthropist. I opened a school for children and adults, 4 clinics and an orphanage in Haiti. Vertulie taught me to love…

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Everyday Hero: Mr. Ajibola Maborukoje

Born 1950, the late Mr. Ajibola Mabo, zealous and determined, always believed you will achieve whatever you set your mind on. Even in a poor competitive African economy, he became an industrialist with little formal education. He worked so hard to see his children get the best of education and his family secure even at the expense of his life.…

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Everyday Hero: Michael

My fiancée, Mike, turned his life around, from drugs to a degree and leads by example. A motorcycle accident left him with serious injuries. Though the bones healed, the pain resulting from this seems to be a constant companion. With determination and courage, he keeps on plugging away at his classes to get his bachelor's degree. He tries to be…

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Everyday Hero: Tim

I have been inspired by Tim Tebow. This is because he doesn't care what people think, he just does it. He has been told he can't play Quarter-Back and then dominates. He is made fun of because he talks about religion but he doesn't care, he is his own person.

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Everyday Hero: Hayden

My uncle is my hero. In 1995, he got in a motorcycle accident and lost his right arm and had extensive damage to his right leg. Thankfully, he is left handed. He was always into artistic furnishings, which included building and designing any and everything you can think of made with wood. Through all his adversity, hope and life was…

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Everyday Hero: bardi


Bardi Toto is the most amazing giving woman I have ever met. She is a NY Times Best Seller, of a book Titled Thinking Upside Down Living Rightside Up. Her new book is The Power of Asking. Voted #1 Must Read book of 2014. She founded gratitude lifestyle magazine and is the founder of gratitudeclothing and kidsforgratitude which I hear…

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Everyday Hero: Courtney

She's legally blind due to being born prematurely, and has been raised by her grandmother. Despite so many hardships, she creates some of the most magnificent digital visual art I've seen. Her command of light and shadow is much better than my own, and I'm 34 and she's only 19! It takes her hours of sittings, days on end, to…

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Everyday Hero: Grandpa

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My grandfather was my hero. He had diabetes, and a whole bunch of muscle and spinal problems. But he never gave up and he always had time to help his family. He built items, mowed lawns, picked me up, drove grandma to work, took care of all of the kids, cooked, and even would fix cars with my father. He…

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Everyday Hero: Art and Carol

My Grandma is my hero because she had health problems in the past that she was determined to get through. My grandma had cancer when I was in kindergaten. I did not know what was going on at the time but it must have been so tough knowing that half of her sisters died from this. Maybe that's what drove…

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Everyday Hero: Emily

Emily is my daughter. Each time I say her name my heart fills with pride. She is a single mother of two beautiful children. Her life was in turmoil and she was homeless. After praying so hard that God finally said to me, "I heard you the first twenty times and I'm on it, ok?" she has turned her life…

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if you are determined to do something than no power in world can stop u to fulfill your determined and live a determined life.....
shivani 24 days ago from fiji

people say that one person can't do it but if you believeyourself and determine yourself with sucess you can do anything.
jillian 3 months ago from cheyenne

i am nt publishing for my fame but,the strong will i have that people will come to know that there is nothing more than determination
satvika 3 months ago from hyderabad

determination will surely allow u to accomplish in you life
satvika 3 months ago from hyderabad

have a strong will which will allow you to succeed in your life.......dont make it force fully
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