is continued effort, despite challenges.

“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.”

Brian Tracy (born 1944); motivational author

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1886); author

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”

Dennis Waitley (born 1933); writer

“I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931); inventor, businessman

“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.”

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933); 30th US President

“We haven't failed. We now know a thousand things that won't work, so we're that much closer to finding what will.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931); inventor, businessman

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”

James Michener (1907-1997); author

“This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.”

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

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“You always pass failure on the way to success.”

Mickey Rooney (born 1920); actor

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. ”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. ”

S.L. Parker Motivational author

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Chinese Proverb

“Therefore hold to the things which are reliable. Look to simplicity; embrace purity; Lessen the self; diminish desire. ”

Laozi Chinese philosopher, Central figure in Taoism

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean (born 1928); musician, entrepreneur

“One may go a long way after one is tired.”

French Proverb

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ”

William B. Sprague (1795-1876); American clergyman

“Little drops of water wear down big stones. ”

Russian Proverb

“Persistence can grind an iron beam down into a needle.”

Chinese Proverb

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

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

“Your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th U.S. President

“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”

Swedish Proverb

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. ”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931); inventor, businessman

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

F. Scott Fiztgerald (1896-1940); novelist, screenwriter

“Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. ”

Eugene S. Wilson (1900-1981); Dean of Admissions at Amherst College

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941); poet, playwright, essayist

“To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out the hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it- who can say this is not greatness? ”

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863); novelist

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990); publisher

“This I do know beyond any reasonable doubt. Regardless of what you are doing, if you pump long enough, hard enough and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.”

Zig Ziglar (born 1926); motivational author, speaker

“It ain't about how hard you can hit. Its about how hard you can get hit, and how much you can take, and keep moving forward.”

Rocky Balboa Quote from the Rocky Balboa movie.

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find that you have crossed the mountain.”


“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others let go.”

William Feather

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

Robert J. Collier (1876-1918); writer

“I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

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

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ”


“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

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

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

Beverly Sills (1929-2007); opera soprano

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Anthony O. over 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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Lorenn Walker about 4 years ago from Waialua, Hawai'i

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