How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Going? 76 Famous Quotes about Perseverance

How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Going? 76 Famous Quotes about Perseverance

How do you motivate yourself to keep going when things don’t go as expected? It’s hard, isn’t it. If you read those famous quotes below, you see that it is nothing abnormal or unnatural. Notice, some of the greatest men in history have struggled with failures, setbacks, obstacles. One thing you learn here is that they never gave up. And this is the lesson for you and me.

Here you find 76 famous quotes about perseverance. These have helped me. Hope they help you too.

76 Quotes About Perseverance

1. “All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means… you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.” – Vincent Lombardi

2. “He conquers who endures.” – Persius

3. “There aren’t a lot of guys like me left. But I’m a war horse. I’ve been through it all. And you know something about war horses? Through the sleet, through the snow, they just keep going.” – Joel Silver

4. “At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.” – Hudson Newsletter

5. “The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself. Is he scared? Hell, yes. He’s petrified.” – Steven Pressfield

6. “You will not be stuck forever. The trick is to know there are no tricks. There is, in fact, no easy way. There is only the work.” – Blaine Hogan

7. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeeded.” – Michael Jordan

8. “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

9. “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb

10.”If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson

11. “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” – Arnold Palmer

12. “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

13. “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

14. “If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don’t run you’ve already lost.” – Barack Obama

15. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

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 up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

17. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

18. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

19. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

20. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety – nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein

21. “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” – Author Unknown

22. “Just be prepared for a long and often uncertain journey. The Good stuff doesn’t come easy.” – Tim Westergren

23. “One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic – something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically.

Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains.

The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success. Remember the Chinese proverb, “With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes satin.”

– Maltbie Davenport Babcock

24. “Breakthrough requires stretch and challenge.” – Peter Fisk

25. “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”” – Josh Billings

26. “What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.”” – Patrick Swayze

27. “Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one`s liberty.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

28. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

29. “I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” – Og Mandino

30. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

31. “Most of us don’t like to think about labor involved in creativity. It takes away the magic. But real creators know… It requires discipline, routine, and a nitpick attention to detail. But they also know that none of that take away the magic.” – Author Unknown

32. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge

33. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

34. “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

35. “Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” – Steven Pressfield

36. “When you comet to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

37. “Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” – Denis Waitley

38. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliott

39. “In the end, the effectiveness of our creative process comes down to whether we’re going to whine or do the work.” – Blaine Hogan

40. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

41. “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo

42. “A lot of emotional stress that people go through, some people figure out a way to handle it. They have a strong enough support system to keep going and keep moving forward. And some people, they feel like they don’t have that outlet.” – Terrell Owens

43. “What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.” – Napoleon Hill

44. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

45. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

46. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown

47. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

48. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Author Unknown

Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.” – George Allen

49. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” – Author Unknown

50. “Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It’s part of racing.” – Frank Shorter

51. “Most, if not all, creativity is born out of perspiration rather than inspiration.” – Blaine Hogan

52. “It is not enough to begin; continuance is necessary. Mere enrollment will not make one a scholar; the pupil must continue in the school through the long course, until he masters every branch. Success depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance.” – Miller

53. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

54. “It’s not safe or easy, but if you want it badly enough, absolutely no-one will be able to stop you from world domination or whatever it is you want to do.” – Chris Guillebeau

55. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith…” – Steve Jobs

56. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.” – Mike Ditka

57. “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

58. “Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred – and – first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob A. Riis

59. “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

60. “He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.” – John Foster

61. “I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.” – Sylvester Stallone

62. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

63. “Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying.

We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements.”

– Joseph P. Wirthlin

64. “Paralyse resistance with persistence.” – Woody Hayes

65. “Everyone tells you how they are going to be “special”, but few do the work to get there. Do the work.” – Mark Cuban

66. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” – David Sarnoff

67. “You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.” – Meryl Streep

68. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone

69. “Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else.” – Brian Tracy

70. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

71. “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.” – Lord Chesterfield

72. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

73. “Don’t get too excited when things go well, and don’t get too upset when they don’t.” – Bjorn Johnson

74. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” – Napoleon Hill

75. “Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.” – Author Unknown

76. “You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.” – George Lucas


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  1. I think this is my favourite: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

    Good stuff!

    • Thank you for the feedback, Russel. I motivate myself by reading them. Just yesterday I scrolled through them again and found this: “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc It’s easy to say: “This or that person is lucky.” Not so easy to sweat, right?

      Thank you again for your feedback. Sorry for late reply. I was in a transition mode quite a few months. Moving from Eastern Europe to Indonesia.

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