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Words of Wisdom on Persistence

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
~ Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor and businessman

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
~ Napoleon Hill, American author

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
~ B.C. Forbes, founder of Forbes Magazine

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
~ Dale Carnegie, American writer and lecturer

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American educator and poet

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.
~ Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
~ Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor and businessman

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
~ Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman

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 are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
~ Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth President of the U.S.

The most essential factor is persistence―the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.
~ James Whitcomb Riley, American writer and poet

By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, philosopher, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement

If you're going through hell, keep going.
~  Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

How long should you try? Until.
~ Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker

A jug fills drop by drop.
~ Buddha

Energy and persistence alter all things.
~ Benjamin Franklin, a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman and diplomat.

Keep on going and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something while sitting down.
~ Charles Kettering, an American inventor, founder of Delco and head of research for GM for 27 years.

One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is, you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
~ George H. Allen, former football coach (from college through NFL), and former Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Paralyze resistance with persistence.
~ Woody Hayes, Ohio State football coach

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, Protestant preacher, author and a forerunner of the theory of "positive thinking"

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
~ Lucretius, Roman poet and philosopher

Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence, and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these.
~ James Whitcomb Riley, American writer and poet

When things go wrong as they sometimes will. When the road you're trudging seem all up hill. When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.

When life is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow—You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out—The silver tint of the clouds of doubt . And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far:

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!
~ Unknown

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