Persistence is one of the most valuable traits you can possess.
It’s so important that it formed the underlying philosophy in the famed book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Persistence is the ability to keep going no matter what happens.
It’s the endurance you possess to keep charging after you dreams and goals full speed.
Make no mistake, a lot of things will happen during your lifetime that will make you want to quit.
Without persistence, you will get nowhere.
You will need a few tools to help you stay persistent and famous (or infamous) quotes are one of those tools.
There’s something powerful a quote can do which other words cannot.
A great quote has the instant ability to change your mindset from negative to positive.
I use them all the time to keep myself going. Failure after failure. A powerful quote always comes to the rescue when nothing else works.
We all need a shot of motivation from time to time and these 10 quotes on persistence to keep you going in life will do just that!
# 1- “Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure.” -- Napoleon Hill
Taken straight out of Think & Grow Rich, I had to include this quote at the top of the list.
I read about and study a lot of famous people. Athletes, authors, celebrities, politicians etc.
The one thing that they all seem to have in common is that they forged on despite near impossible circumstances.
No matter how many failures these people went through, they refused to quit.
Eventually they reached levels of success that most people could only dream about.
When you become a persistent person, failure will never stop you again.
The only thing that will stop you is death or serious injury.
# 2 -- “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.
Persistence does not mean perfection. This is where many get lost on their pursuit of greatness.
What it means is that you will find a way to keep going at all times.
It does not mean that you will always be able to give 100 %.
Many times, you won’t able to.
What’s important is that you keep going towards that finish line.
Watch the finish line of any major marathon and you will see people literally crawling across it to finish because their bodies gave out on them.
# 3 -- “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -- Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie wrote some of the greatest books in history.
His books are still wildly popular today and I highly suggest you check them out.
He rose to fame and obtained riches during the depression era.
Dale Carnegie started from nothing.
In his books, he discusses how he was hopeless and living in a run-down apartment building in New York city working a job he hated.
He had given up on his dreams and was getting nowhere in life.
Dale Carnegie picked himself up from the ashes though and did not let his circumstances stop him.
# 4 -- “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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.” -- Calvin Coolidge
If you don’t have persistence, you have nothing.
You can have the best education, the best looks, the highest IQ, yet if you are not able to keep going when you hit failure then you will have nothing.
If you always quit at the first failure, you will make zero progress.
I’ve seen people with persistence beat people who had 10 x the amount of talent that they did in every possible area.
Persistence levels the playing field.
There are many things you can’t control, but you can always control your attitude and your decision not to quit.
# 5 -- “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated”- Maya Angelou
No matter who you are, you will suffer defeats in life.
That doesn’t mean that you have to let yourself be defeated.
Just because you lose once doesn’t mean you will lose forever.
Keep trying again and again.
Being defeated is a mindset that you never have to adopt.
# 6 -- “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” -- Randy Pausch
If it was easy everyone would do it and there would be no reason to bother with it.
You can’t reasonably expect to reach success on your first try every single time.
That’s not realistic.
Yet most people throw in the towel immediately when they fail at something.
I like this quote because it helps you look at failure from a different perspective.
Use each failure as motivation.
Tell yourself that you just have to prove how bad you want it and it will be given to you eventually.
# 7 -- “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” -- Winston Churchill
Never give up.
It really is that easy.
I’m not saying that you will achieve success the second you resign yourself to stop quitting, but I can guarantee that you are well on your way.
As long as you work as hard as you can and never give up, you will get there.
# 8- “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
-- Babe Ruth
This quote by the Babe has always stuck with me since I first heard it as a young child.
It’s well-known that Babe Ruth didn’t concern himself with strikeouts.
While he usually hit the most home runs, he also usually struck out the most.
Babe Ruth understood that you had to swing and miss a lot in order to swing and hit a lot.
It’s part of the game.
Every failure brings you closer to your next success.
Never forget that.
# 9 -- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -- Thomas A. Edison
If there is anyone that knows about persistence, it’s Thomas Edison.
He failed 10,000 times in his quest to create the light bulb.
I’m not sure if there is anyone out there that stuck to anything as long as he did.
Edison had to be insane, but I love it.
He is the ultimate example to show that you will eventually succeed as long as you don’t quit.
# 10 -- “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” George Augustus Moore
One more time.
That’s all you need to tell yourself.
You don’t have to go out there and proclaim that you will try 10,000 times.
After each failure, just make the decision to give it one more try.
What could it possibly hurt to give it another go before you quit?
The game of endurance
Everyone thinks that success is a game of luck.
It’s not true.
It’s actually a game of endurance.
Whoever can hold on the longest and attempt the most is going to be the winner.
People who have succeeded in life are people who made the decision that they will never quit.
Look up anyone who has ever done anything, and you will come to the same conclusion.
Hang in there and don’t quit.
P.S. What are some of your favorite quotes on persistence? I’d love to hear them down below!