PERSISTENCE

is continued effort, despite challenges.

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

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990);
publisher

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

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

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

French Proverb

“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

“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.

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

Anonymous

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

Brian Tracy (born 1944);
motivational author

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

Beverly Sills (1929-2007);
opera soprano

“Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.”

Swedish Proverb

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

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

“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

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

Mickey Rooney (born 1920);
actor

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

James Michener (1907-1997);
author

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

Chinese Proverb

“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

“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

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

Proverb

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

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

“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

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

Chinese Proverb

“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.”

Unknown

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

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

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

Robert J. Collier (1876-1918);
writer

“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

“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

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

Thomas Edison (1847-1931);
inventor, businessman

“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

“Little drops of water wear down big stones. ”

Russian Proverb

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

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

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

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1886);
author

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

William Feather

“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

Official Radio Commercial

Press the play icon above to listen to our official persistence radio commercial.

More About This Value

Real Stories About Persistence

Momentum

When looking at our problems it can seem quite impossible to even budge them, much less make a significant impact. Often momentum matters more than strength, and persistence more than initial impact. I heard about this being done when I was in high school: A teacher hung a bowling ball from the ceiling and told disbelieving students that he'd be…

Read Full Story

I was just about to give up on my life long dream

It was an incredibly tough time in my life. A few years ago, I felt as though my world was crumbling. Everything seemed to be going wrong for me. To start with, I was overworked and overwhelmed trying to finish my college degree while holding down a night job as a nurse. I was working through a hurtful breakup, my…

Read Full Story

A Strange Example

Is it strange to tell a story about a cat? I know cats don't have the higher moral capabilities humans are said to posses, but my cat is nothing if not persistent. And he's always pleasant about it. When he's ready to get up, he'll let you know. And if you don't get up, he'll persist in trying to wake…

Read Full Story

My First Management Job

When I started my career in management I was really green, but I always tried to stay upbeat and positive on the job. I was working for a new company that was having a rocky time with their only major customer. Actually, there was one point where my General Manager told me he liked me and suggested I should start…

Read Full Story

I BELIEVE IN YOU.

I am young and a writer. I have no money and no published books. I work nonstop, trying to get up the nerve to finish the story. I have great ideas and plot lines,but I could never get up the nerve to write a book through, only about a page or two. Then, I would tell myself that it was…

Read Full Story

See All 5 Stories

Read Everyday Hero Stories About Persistence

Everyday Hero: Duong

As a child growing up in Vietnam, Duong found that a large amount of his time was spent in the rice fields. However he was not alone in this rice field, he spent most of his time being bullied by the other children there. Duong did not give in to the constant bullying he stood up for himself day after…

Read Full Story

Everyday Hero: Those Who Don't Give Up

When I was trying to decide who was my biggest hero, I realized I couldn't make up my mind. And then another idea came. I've seen people in poverty, people struggling to hold a job, and in many hard, stressful situations. The fact that these people don't give up, and try their hardest for the sake of others makes them…

Read Full Story

Everyday Hero: Robert

My dad is my hero because he was always there for me no matter what and he was always ready to teach me things. He taught me the value of perseverance and that in order to make it in the world you had to get out there and make it happen yourself. He died a few days ago and now…

Read Full Story

Everyday Hero: Brett

Download

My hero is someone who inspires me to never give up, Brett Eastburn. He inspires me to never give up and to never think you can't do something. My hero was born with no legs or arms. Even without these he was on his school basketball, football and wrestling team because he never gave up

Read Full Story

Everyday Hero: Travis Pastrana

My hero is Travis Pastrana. He is my hero because he makes a living doing what he loves, he treats people with respect, is hard working, doesn’t care what other people think of him, and can overcome injuries. If I could be like him when I grow up I would be very happy.

Read Full Story

See All 5 Hero Stories

Pass It On®

Your Comments

I only have this to say,: "If you hate anything, it means you envy something. If you like everything, it means you attract all things."
Anthony O. over 2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Mahalo for your great work!
Lorenn Walker almost 4 years ago from Waialua, Hawai'i

Thirteen years ago we formed a non-profit organization that would allow dogs to run freely on a one mile beach. We fought the Coastal Commission the City Council, and through PERSISTENCE 250,000 dogs and their families visit 'dog' beach each year and Huntington Beach, CA has just been awarded "Most Dog Friendly City in the USA." www.dogbeach.org martin@dogbeach.org
Martin S., President HDB over 4 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

Explore Another Value