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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou, poet
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It's hard to beat a person who never gives up. Babe Ruth, athlete
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Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill, statesman
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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. African Proverbs,
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No dream became destiny without plans and persistence. Tim Fargo, author
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Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
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It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein, physicist
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The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does. Napoleon Hill, writer
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I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. Abraham Lincoln, president
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For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again. Proverbs 24:16 Bible,
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How long should you try? Until. Jim Rohn, businessman
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Either I will find away or I will make one Sir Philip Sidney,
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Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. Napoleon Hill, writer
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Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself. Source Unknown,
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We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. Tobias Wolff, writer
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It matters if you just don't give up. Stephen Hawking, scientist
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The darkest hour is just before the dawn. Proverbs,
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When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up. Les Brown, motivational speaker
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Life is like riding a bicycle. You don't fall off unless you stop pedaling. Claude Pepper, politician
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Champions keep playing until they get it right. Billie Jean King, athlete
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Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible. Lord Chesterfield, statesman
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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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The Extra Mile will have no traffic jams. Source Unknown,
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Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality the other, a matter of time. Marabel Morgan, author
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We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller, author
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Persevere and get it done. George Allen, politician
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Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 Bible,
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Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. Hal Borland, author
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The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling. Lucretius, poet
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If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it through. Source Unknown,
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He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. Menander, poet
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Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance. Samuel Johnson, author
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No one wants to quit when he's losing and no one wants to quit when he's winning. Richard Petty, athlete
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It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it. John Wooden, coach
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I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein, physicist
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I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. Newt Gingrich, politician
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Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness. Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist
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Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. Samuel Johnson, author
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Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation. Jack Nicklaus, athlete
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Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean. Percy Ross, businessman
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The two most powerful weapons are courage and persistence. Nothing can stop a person armed with both. Scott Sorrell,
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The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone. Lucretius, poet
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Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by. Ovid, poet
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You just can't beat the person who never gives up. Babe Ruth, athlete
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All great achievements require time. Dr. David Schwartz,
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The person who wins may have been counted out several times, but didn't hear the referee. Source Unknown,
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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, poet
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We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us. Christian Nevell Bovee,
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Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
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Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, entrepreneur
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We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives. Johann von Goethe, writer
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If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed. Curly Howard, actor
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I am a kind of burr; I shall stick. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher, leader
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When the going gets tough, the tough hang in there. Source Unknown,
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It's when things get rough and you don't quit that success comes. Source Unknown,
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Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there. David Zucker, director
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The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory. Ted W. Engstrom,
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To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. Euripides, poet
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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. Napoleon Hill, writer
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I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Persevere in virtue and diligence. Livy,
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The only way to overcome is to hang in. Dan O'Brien, athlete
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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
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No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years. Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet
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There are no traffic jams in the second mile. Source Unknown,
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Perseverance, self-reliance, energetic effort, are doubly strengthened when your rise to battle again. Source Unknown,
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Don't halt before you are lame. English Proverbs,
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By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. Edmund Burke, statesman
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To be somebody you must last. Ruth Gordon, actress
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Paralyze resistance with persistence. Woody Hayes, coach
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Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill, writer
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When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row. Alice Paul, activist
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Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little. Plutarch, philosopher
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Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players' minds the next time out. Sam Snead, athlete
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By perseverance the snail reached the ark. C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon,
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I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it. Margaret Thatcher, leader
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Constant repetition of tongue-twisters was like lifting weights for me, but patience and persistence have paid off. Nicholas Brendon, actor
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Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman, writer
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Failure cannot cope with persistence. Napoleon Hill, writer
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If someone takes your coat, give him your cloak as well; if he makes you go a mile with him, go with him two. Mathew Bible,
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For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:36 Bible,
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A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves a glorious success. Ambrose Bierce, journalist
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Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. Josh Billings, comedian
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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, journalist
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Diligence is the mother of good luck. Benjamin Franklin, politician
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Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished. Ulysses Simpson Grant,
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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, writer
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You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. Lee Iacocca, businessman
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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you. William James, philosopher
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Endurance is the crowning quality... James Russell Lowell, poet
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Many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks. John Lyly, writer
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To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals -- this alone is worth the struggle. William Osler, scientist
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If you are truly flexible and go until... there is really very little you can't accomplish in your lifetime. Anthony Robbins, author
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That which ordinary men are fit for, I am qualified in. and the best of me is diligence. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit. Mark Twain, author
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The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis, psychologist
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Never say die. Proverbs,
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No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Francis Adams,
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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, politician
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People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to. George E. Allen,
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Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. Julie Andrews, actress
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The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor
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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, athlete
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Here is the simple but powerful rule... always give people more than they expect to get. Nelson Boswell,
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Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal. Tom Bradley,
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Give the world the best that you have, and the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges,
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With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton,
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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming difficulty gives way. Jeremy Collier, clergyman
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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, philosopher
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You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round. James J. Corbett, athlete
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They, that unnamed they, they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up -- and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me. Gregory Corso, poet
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Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard. E. Joseph Cossman, businessman
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Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie, scientist
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Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit. Henry L. Doherty,
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Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. that's not the place to become discouraged. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. Edward Eggleston, editor
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I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best. George Eliot, author
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Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. Walter Elliott,
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By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Epictetus, philosopher
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God Almighty hates a quitter. Samuel Fessenden,
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Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time. Johann von Goethe, writer
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Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and buds the choicest flowers and fruits spring up and flourish in the desert abode of thorns and briars. Samuel G. Goodrich,
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Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall. Sydney J. Harris, journalist
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There's only one way you can fail, and that's to quit. Brian Hays,
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If you've got the guts to stick it out... you're going to make it. Brian Hays,
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The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains. Ernest Hello, critic
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In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. William Ernest Henley, poet
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I'm proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up. Orel Herhiser,
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Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. Herodotus, historian
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Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do. Napoleon Hill, writer
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The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job. Napoleon Hill, writer
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Success... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit. Conrad Hilton, businessman
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The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale. A.E. Housman,
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How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success? Elbert Hubbard, writer
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One should act in consonance with the way of heaven and earth, which is enduring and eternal. The superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals. I Ching,
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Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It's called perseverance. Lee Iacocca, businessman
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If you haven't struck oil in the first three minutes - stop boring! George Jessel, judge
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We shall build on.On through the cynic Studdert Kennedy,
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If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!' Rudyard Kipling, writer
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A violent wind does not outlast the morning; a squall of rain does not outlast the day. Such is the course of Nature. And if Nature herself cannot sustain her efforts long, how much less can man! Lao Tzu, philosopher
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Never despair, keep pushing on! Sir Thomas Lipton,
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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, poet
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I never thought I didn't have a card to play. Jim Lovell,
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