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.
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.
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.
Persevere and get it done.
Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.
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.
Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.
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.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
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.
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
To be happy, drop the words “if only” and substitute instead the words “next time.”
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.
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.
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.
Focus on the solution, not the problem.
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.
A jug fills drop by drop.
Which of the quotes on perseverance above do you like best and why? Do share your thoughts and comments below.