Persistence quotes to help you when times are difficult.

Why persistence quotes? Well, we all have goals and want a better life. That is the human way. But so much of the time, life seems to just get in the way. It can seem as if there are barriers no matter which way we turn.

Know this, if there is something important you want in your life, there is one skill you must develop to succeed if you don't already have it. Lack this skill and you are guaranteed to fail. That key is persistence. The ability to persevere.

Everything worthwhile takes time to accomplish. That's the way things are set up on this wonderful planet. So one of the primary ingredients of success is the willingness to keep working at your goal until you reach it. You can't give up too soon. Not and succeed. Yet...that is exactly what a lot of people do.

Consider what President Calvin Coolidge said, "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 alone are omnipotent."

What is it you want to succeed at? Unless you are just lucky, persistence and perseverance are required.

So here are some quotes to consider to help you get what you want in life. First, consider carefully what successful people have said about persistence and perseverance. Then develop those character traits and go for it.

Let's get started:

"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 honor and good sense."

Winston Churchill

"The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit."

Mark Twain

"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, ''Here comes number seventy-one!"

Richard M. DeVos

"Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, ''I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it.'' It's called perseverance."

Lee Iacocca

"Fall seven times and stand up eight."

Japanese Proverb

"I do not think that 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

"Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on."

Norman Vincent Peale

"All great achievements require time."

David J. Schwartz

"When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes."

Thomas A. Edison

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Thomas A. Edison

"Champions keep playing until they get it right."

Billie Jean King

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas A. Edison

"How long should you try? Until."

Jim Rohn

"If you are truly flexible and go until... there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime."

Anthony Robbins

"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

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance."

Samuel Johnson

"For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again. "

Proverbs 24:16

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

William James

"The darkest hour is just before the dawn."


"I'm proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up."

Orel Herhiser

"There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do."

Orison Swett Marden

We hope you've enjoyed these persistence quotes. We will be adding more from time to time. Perhaps when you hit a brick wall on your way to a goal, you'll remember this page and come back to it.

The key to reading these persistence quotes is to not just read them. Apply them. If you find one especially like, work it into your life. Develop the skill it teaches.

Life is to be enjoyed. Hopefully these persistence quotes will help you reach your full potential.

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