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The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.


Constant dripping hollows out a stone.


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

--Malcolm Forbes

You did not come this far, just to come this far.

--Manoj Arora

Hardships make or break people.

--Margaret Mitchell

He who does not tire, tires adversity.

--Martin Farquhar Tupper

Protect your vision. Prevail over adversity. Persevere in the midst of turmoil. Passionately act upon your convictions. Purposely walk into the day.

--Mary Anne Radmacher

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write. Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.

--Mary Anne Radmacher

Because failure works double time, to get success, work triple time.

--Matshona Dhliwayo

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

--Newt Gingrich

Persistence pays off.

--Noah Kagan

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

--Oliver Goldsmith

But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed up in these two -- common sense and perseverance.

--Owen Feltham

It's not how we fall. It's how we get back up again.

--Patrick Ness

Persevere even though Hell and destruction should yawn beneath your feet.

--Percy Bysshe Shelley

No one succeeds without effort... Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.

--Ramana Maharshi

Thousands of hopeful days came to naught before this one. This was a golden day. Never give up.

--Richelle E. Goodrich

Trying again is okay. Trying again and again and again is okay. It's sort of an infinite thing because the alternative is failure, and that's not okay.

--Richelle E. Goodrich

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

--Robert Collier

Change is hardest at the beginning, messiest in the middle and best at the end.

--Robin Sharma

What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment.

--Roy T. Bennett

The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth. The obstacle is an advantage, not adversity. The enemy is any perception that prevents us from seeing this.

--Ryan Holiday

You don't control the outcome. You control the quality of effort you put in. That's what you should hold yourself accountable for.

--Shane Parrish

Amateurs give up at the first sign of trouble and assume they're failures. Professionals see failure as part of the path to growth and mastery.

--Shane Parrish

There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.

--Madame Swetchine

Persistence Pays...Period.

--Sotero M Lopez II

Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.

--Catherine of Siena

What most sets you apart is the spirit in you that rebels and persists.

--Sue Monk Kidd

A gorilla does not budge from a banana thrown at it by a monkey.

--Suzy Kassem

A lion does not flinch at laughter coming from a hyena.

--Suzy Kassem

The road to success is longer than you'd like, but shorter than you imagine.

--Tim Fargo

Persevere in virtue and diligence.


Everything works out in the end. if it hasn't worked out yet, then it's not the end.

--Tracy McMillan

Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire.

--William Godwin

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.

--Unknown Author

Become comfortable with permanent uncertainty.

--Unknown Author

Somebody out there thinks you're an idiot. Somebody out there thinks you're brilliant. Ignore them both and carry on.

--Jack Butcher

The less pain we tolerate, the more average we become.

--Jack Butcher

Certain motherfuckers think they can fuck with my shit, but you can't kill the Rooster. You might can fuck him up some times, but, bitch, nobody kills the motherfucking Rooster. You know what I'm saying?

--David Sedaris

First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.


You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain.

--Tom Hiddleston

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.

--Saint Teresa of Avila

Longer Version:

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises, of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation.

The thing with giving up is you never know. You never know whether you could have done the job. And I'm sick of not knowing about my life.

--Sophie Kinsella

I believe in persevering. If you persevere, success lies ahead of you.

--Liu Yang

Persevere with a plan to reach your passion, and life will be good.

--Homer Hickam

Remember, it isn't the dreamers who have good lives -- it's the doers. Remember also what I call the three Ps of success: passion, planning, and perseverance.

--Homer Hickam

Keep passing the open windows.

--John Irving

Determination in spite of the challenge makes us stronger.

--Ellen J. Barrier

In order to defeat our challengers and rise above every obstacle, we must be able to persevere.

--Ellen J. Barrier

Individuals who have learned to endure and persevere through the storms of hardships are those who can dance in the rain during a storm.

--Ellen J. Barrier

Destiny has a lot to do with it, but so do you. You have to persevere, you have to insist.

--Andrea Bocelli

The three ordinary things that we often don't pay enough attention to, but which I believe are the drivers of all success, are hard work, perseverance, and basic honesty.

--Azim Premji

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

--Abigail Adams

It is madness. But sometimes, madness is the only path forward.

--Anne Fortier

Keep trying until you have no more chances left.

--Aimee Carter

Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.

--Bob Riley

Luck is a component that a lot of people in the arts sometimes fail to recognise: that you can have talent, perseverance, patience, but without luck you will not have a successful career.

--Bryan Cranston

You have to persevere, you have to just not give up, and you have to know what you want. You have to be able to see your dream.

--Dawn Steel

The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.

--David Sarnoff

A little boy was asked how he learned to skate. 'By getting up every time I fell down,' he answered.

--David Seabury

The best advice I ever got -- and it's the best advice I'd give anybody -- is just don't believe the word 'no.' Be persistent. Persevere. Keep going. Never, ever, ever give up.

--Dean Cain

Do whatever you want to persevere, work for your own things, and do not depend on anyone to be your provider. That way, in the future, you will be all right regardless of the circumstances.

--Dascha Polanco

Perseverance is not a passive submission to circumstances--it is a strong and active response to the difficult events of life.

--Elizabeth George

Give light, and people will find the way.

--Ella Baker

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

--George Herman

Quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.

--George Allen

A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance.

--Gary Hamel

Persevere and get it done.

--George Allen, Sr.

You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.

--Geraldine Brooks

Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.

--Gillian Anderson

Giving up is the only sure way to fail.

--Gena Showalter

One must exploit the asynchronies that have befallen one, link them to a promising issue or domain, reframe frustrations as opportunities, and, above all, persevere.

--Howard Gardner

If you persevere long enough, if you do the right things long enough, the right things will happen.

--Ian Millar

Self-control, openness, the ability to engage with others, to plan and to persist -- these are the attributes that get people in the door and on the job, and lead to productive lives.

--James Heckman

There is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

--Joe Strummer

God bless perseverance. Because it's not easy.

--Junot Diaz

Take risks. Fail. Pick yourself back up again. And always, always remember this: there is no adversity capable of stopping you once the choice to persevere is made.

--Jason Kilar

I think you need to go through some stuff to really appreciate life and understand what it means to persevere, overcome and have faith. I think those tough times make you a stronger person.

--Judith Hill

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.

--Josephus Daniels

We will persevere, come life or death.

--Lewis Tappan

The most inspiring piece of advice I've gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age. When it feels too difficult to push forward, I always remind myself, 'This too shall pass,' and then I redouble my efforts.

--Liya Kebede

It's perseverance that's the key. It's persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.

--Lynn Davies

It is a long road from conception to completion.


The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.


The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.

--Kalpana Chawla

To some degree we all live with uncertainty. We have no control over the future. Yet we carry on, we persevere, because, I guess, it's the way we're made.

--Karen Thompson Walker

Two hands working can do more than a thousand clasped in prayer.

--Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Sometimes things aren't clear right away. That's where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.

--Mary Pierce

Sometimes my body is aching, but I always think, 'Why am I in this? Why do I love it so much?' That's what makes me persevere, that's what makes me keep on going.

--Michelle Kwan

When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.

--P. T. Barnum

Keep the faith, don't lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.

--Paula Abdul

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

--Philip Sidney

We persevere because we believe rewards will come.

--Philip Yancey

Always persevere, always have a great perspective, and always have great purpose in your life.

--Russell Wilson

Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.

--Roger von Oech

My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you've got to be a filmmaker.

--Robert Wise

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.

--Scott Hamilton
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