50 Persistence Quotes that Inspire and Motivate

Persistence Quotations

When the World says “Give up”, Hope whispers “Try it one more time”. Here are fifty Persistence quotations for testing times..

  1. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”  Albert Einstein
  2. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them”.  Ann Landers
  3. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”  Denis Waitley
  4. “To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”  Anna Pavlova
  5. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”  Benjamin Franklin
  6. “As long as there’s breath in You–Persist!”  Bernard Kelvin Clive
  7. “No great achievement is possible without persistent work.” Bertrand Russell
  8.  “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” Marilyn Monroe
  9. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”  Bill Bradley
  10. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Billy Jean King
  11. “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
  12. “When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.” Kiana Tom
  13. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” Calvin Coolidge
  14. “Persistence and determination are always rewarded.” Christine Rice
  15. “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”  Colin Powell
  16. “The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” Lady Aberdeen Learn,
  17. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” Dale Carnegie
  18. “Talent is nothing without persistence.” Dean Crawford
  19. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.” Elbert Hubbard
  20.  “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”  A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”
  21. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”  James A. Michener
  22. “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
  23. “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” Japanese Proverb
  24. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” Julie Andrews
  25. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.” H. Jackson Brown
  26. “Slight persistent effort can move you successfully forward in anything you do.”  Kelli Wilson
  27. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”  Louis Pasteur
  28. “P is for Persistence! Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Wishing will not; Talent will not; Genius will not; Education will not; Persistence is like a Genie that creates a magical force in your life.”  Lucas Remmerswaal 
  29. “Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.”  Marabel Morgan
  30. “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  31.  “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.”  Helen Keller
  32. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”  Napoleon Hill
  33. “It always seems impossible until it is done.”  Nelson Mandela
  34. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”  Newt Gingrich
  35. “Patience and persistence are the keys… The keys to unlock doors of success… With these two virtues, you grow in reasoning and experience.”   Ogwo David Emenike
  36. “He conquers who endures.”   Persius
  37. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson
  38. “To persist with a goal, you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it.”  Richelle E. Goodrich
  39. “In my experience, nothing worthwhile has ever really been all that easy. But it certainly has been worthwhile regardless how difficult it seemed.”   Robert Fanney
  40. “If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent, or genius can make up for it.” Stephen Richards
  41. “In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing.”   General George S Patton, Jr.
  42. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”  Thomas Edison
  43. “Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”   Thomas Carlyle
  44. “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”  Thomas Foxwell Buxton
  45. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Thomas Jefferson
  46. “We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.” Tobias Wolff
  47. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” William James
  48. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”  Winston Churchill
  49. “Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love.”  Swami Vivekananda
  50. “Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”  Josh Billings

In summary, these quotes establish thoughts of courage and perseverance so that regardless of the circumstances you come out ahead. May these words be your mantra, “Climb high, climb far, your goal the sky, your aim the star.”

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About the Author

Rick Conlow is the CEO & Founder of Rick Conlow International, a consulting, training and coaching firm. He has helped over 200 companies such as Target, Costco, Andersen Windows, Spectrum, Northern Power, Meijer, Carpet King, International Truck, John Deere, Lowes Financial, and Canadian Linen improve customer loyalty, increase sales and add profits. Rick has been a general manager, vice president, training director, program director, and national sales trainer. He has authored 22 books, and regularly speaks at conferences and to audiences of all sizes.

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