Nov 092010
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When I was a little boy, I struggled with perseverance. I would begin a new project eagerly, but midway through I lost interest and gave up. One example was when I took up piano lessons. I cannot remember what inspired me to do so, but I must have gotten it into my head that playing the piano was cool. Soon, harsh reality set in and I realized that I needed to put in practice and hard work to look cool. It was too much effort for me. I quickly grew bored and resented missing my favourite cartoon shows during my lessons. In the end, I gave up and never played the piano again.

Upon reflection, I realized that I wanted to learn to play the piano based on a whim. But whims do not give you staying power when you face difficulties. Instead, I believe that having a burning purpose behind everything you do is the key to perseverance. When you know why you have to do something, you will get it done. Few odds can stop you from achieving your goals. Even so, it also helps to have other gentle reminders to keep you focused when the going gets tough. I have carefully selected some quotes on perseverance that I find inspiring. It is my hope and wish that these quotes will inspire you to persevere in the face of challenges as it has for me.

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Quotes on Perseverance

Plodding wins the race.

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

Men perish because they cannot join the beginning with the end.

Even if a mountain is high, there is always a way to reach the top — and although the way might be full of danger, there is always a way for someone to get through it.
-Vietnamese Proverb

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 Allen

Persevere and get it done.
-George Allen

Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.
-Norwegian Proverb

We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.
-John Christian Bovee

A man who cannot tolerate small misfortunes can never accomplish great things.
-Chinese Proverb

Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
-Chinese Proverb

Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. There are a lot of people out there with good and marketable ideas, but pure entrepreneurial types almost never accept defeat.
-Lisa M. Amos

Your biggest break can come from never quitting. Being at the right place at the right time can only happen when you keep moving toward the next opportunity.
-Arthur Pine

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
-Julie Andrews

Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.
-H. Ross Perot

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
-Yogi Berra

If I see a door comin’ my way, I’m knockin’ it down. And if I can’t knock down the door, I’m sliding through the window
-Rosie Perez

To be happy, drop the words “if only” and substitute instead the words “next time.”
-Smiley Blanton

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

My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
-Bjorn Borg

Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.

Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.
-Tom Bradley

A man is not finished when he’s defeated; he’s finished when he quits.
-Richard M. Nixon

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They are willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There is a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they are willing to spend on it.
-Dr Joyce Brothers

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
-Dale Carnegie

Focus on the solution, not the problem.
-The Vizier

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
-Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

First there are those who are winners, and know they are winners. Then there are the losers who know they are losers. Then there are those who are not winners, but don’t know it. They’re the ones for me. They never quit trying. They’re the soul of our game.
-Bear Bryant

A jug fills drop by drop.

Taking Action

Which of the quotes on perseverance above do you like best and why? Do share your thoughts and comments below.

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  11 Responses to “Quotes on Perseverance: The Vizier’s Choice”

  1. Hi The Vizier,

    For all the wise words in these examples, I particularly like the simplicity in the one from,Aesop:”Plodding wins the race”.

    It might not be a fancy quote, but it’s so true – I think of the race between the tortoise and the hare… and we all know who won that head-to-head, simply because the tortoise refused to give up!
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    • Hi Scott,

      Aesop’s quote is simple yet profound, therein lies its beauty. It conveys so much in so little words. More importantly, it reminds us that we have to keep on plodding in the face of our difficulties.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  2. My favorite had to be Perot. I knew there were a lot of reasons I was so “into” him back when he was running for president. At least before he started coming off as a little bit paranoid and insane. But hey, we can’t all be perfect.

    It really is true that things get darkest to the dawn, and unless you simply keep going you can never know if you were about to achieve success.

    Great list of quotes! Very inspiring!
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    • Hi Steve,

      I love your sense of humour about Perot! :D It is great to see that you can take a step back and laugh at someone whom you used to be so “into.”

      Even so, what he has to say about perseverance does make sense. No matter how hard the going is, we have to find a way to hold out till the end before our efforts pay off.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  3. Great post.

    Out of reading all the quotes my favorite is this one:

    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

    The man who can live by the above quote will win.

    • Hi Bamboo Forest,

      You have made a great choice. One of the things that can shake a person’s perseverance is discouragement. Discouragement will often confront us in the face of daunting challenges. Unless we learn to manage discouragement, we will find it hard to persevere.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  4. My favorite is the Norwegian quote. Hanging on one minute longer does takes heroism and an attitude of, “Bring it”. I love it!
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    • Hi Dandy,

      It takes great perseverance to hang on when the going gets tough. One minute can seem like years. But it is crucial to hang on during those moments so that all the effort you put in before is not in vain.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  5. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi

    Great collection of quotes, perseverance is essential for the success… I agree with Yogi Berra, it’s not yet over. :-)

  6. Love your dedication to blogging regularly, and sharing valuable information.This is seriously impressive and it’s definitely got me overwhelmed!
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