is persistence to continue, despite difficult obstacles.

“With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ”

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

“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.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); poet, essayist, lexicographer

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.”

Marva Collins

“I cannot look back with regrets, but I can look forward optimistically. ”

Cornelius Kilgore (born 1973); Military

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”

Louis L'Amour (1908-1988); American author.

“People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end. ”


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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882); poet

“It's highly virtuous to say we'll be good, but we can't do it all at once, and it takes a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together before some of us even get our feet set in the right way.”

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888); novelist

“I am happy for who I am, and what I have come to be. I look forward to whatever else that may come with positivity.”

Cornelius Kilgore (born 1973); Military

“I do not think 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, Sr. (1839-1937); oil magnate, philanthropist

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”

Horace (65-8); Roman lyric poet

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821); Emporer of France

“The only person who can really motivate you is you.”

Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal (born 1972); National Basketball Association player

“It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.”

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586); poet, soldier

“Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.”

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

“It takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.”


“It's easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.”

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); clergyman, social reformer

“Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

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

Jackson Browne (born 1948); rock musician

“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before. ”

Polybius (200 -118 BC); Greek statesman and historian

“It's not how many times you get knocked down that count, it's how many times you get back up. ”

George A. Custer (1839-1876); U.S. Military

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton (born 1946); Singer-songwriter, actress, author, philanthropist

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.”

Zig Ziglar (born 1926); motivational author, speaker

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968); minister, civil rights activist

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

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. writer

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

“The best way out is always through. ”

Robert Frost (1874-1963); poet

“Success flourishes only in perseverance--ceaseless, restless perseverance.”

Baron Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918); former fighter pilot

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848); 6th US President

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945); 32nd U.S. President

“There is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish a single candle flame.”

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226); Catholic Saint, founder of Franciscans

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

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

“If your dream requires patience, give it. ”

M. Russell Ballard (born 1928); Apostle, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“Your purpose may not always be obvious, but always remember that you do have a purpose.”

Rodney Williams (born 1959);

“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964); American general and field marshal

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885); poet, novelist, playwright

“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”

Brian Tracy (born 1944); motivational author

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”


“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. ”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); poet, essayist, lexicographer

“There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”

Vincent "Vince" Lombardi (1913-1970); athletic coach

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger in the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961); novelist, Nobel Prize winner

“Failure is no more a permanent condition than success! For even if you succeed, there’s still another test. ”

Gene Bedley National Educator of the Year

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

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880); novelist, editor

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former president of South Africa

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

Dolly Parton (born 1946); Singer-songwriter, actress, author, philanthropist

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”

Walter Elliott (1842-1928); clergyman, author

“Nature, by example, shows us anything worthwhile comes over time. Anything worthwhile grows methodically, building on a strong foundation. Develop a willingness to carry on despite roadblocks.”

Jaren L. Davis

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

Earl Nightingale (1921-1989); entrepreneur, motivational author

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885); poet, novelist, playwright

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”

Roy Disney (born 1930); Former Disney executive, nephew of Walt Disney

“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.”

George M. Moore, Jr.

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

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”

Plutarch (46-127); historian, writer

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

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

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Everyday Hero: Employees of North Arkansas Electric

On August 31, 2004, the employees of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative were dealt a painful blow. In an accident involving some of our linemen, three men lost their lives. Three men, who were just doing their jobs, did not get to go home to their families. They did not come back to work with their fellow employees - people who,…

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Everyday Hero: Karen


Karen tragically lost her only child, Andy, to suicide on November 5, 2004. As a single parent with one child, Karen had devoted her life to Andy. She has struggled with her demons after that horrific day but has come out on top as a “survivor to suicide.” Where she found her strength to carry on, I don’t know. However,…

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Everyday Hero: Judith

My hero is my wife. At 67, she has endured 17 years of constant struggle with Parkinson's disease. In all these years I never heard her complain. Using everything medicine has to offer, plus some homeopathic measures, she has managed to overcome many of the worst Parkinson's perils. With her quiet nature and good mannerism, she drove Parkinson's out of…

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Em um momento de seu ministério Ludmila Ferber sempre cantava sobre não desistirmos, tudo o que começa termina e enquanto isso lutamos até vencer. In a moment of your ministry Ludmila Ferber always sang about not giving up, everything begins and ends as it fought to win.
Anderson about 2 years ago from Colatina-ES, Brasil

Perseverance is being willing to go through two valleys to reach the top of the mountain. Without the valleys we would never appreciate the mount top.
John Talbert over 2 years ago from Joyce Louisiana

It was all thanks to skateboarding for making me realize how important perseverance is. :')
Jacob almost 3 years ago from Canada

It is perhaps the Best way to Describe your feelings.
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This is the best way I know to express my feelings!
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