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As a camel beareth labor, and heat, and hunger, and thirst, through deserts of sand, and fainteth not; so the fortitude of a man shall sustain him through all perils.
Perseverance alone does not assure success. No amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none.
To endure is the disposition of the sage.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
In the battle between the river and the rock, the river will always win. Not through strength but by persistence.
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.
We will either find a way, or make one.
Summon forth great energy in your efforts, great courage and determination; wielding the sword of wisdom, go directly ahead, going beyond all, beyond seeing that mountains are mountains, rivers are rivers, the whole body comes thus, the whole body goes thus – there are no complications around at all.
To be resolute in the way means from the beginning never to lose sight of it, whether in a place of calm or in a place of strife; to not cling to quiet places nor shun places where there is disturbance.
Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Human life suffers steep inclines on the way through the world. If you don’t keep “endurance” as your watchword as you go along, how will you tolerate the thorny undergrowth and the pits and ditches?
An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
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.
Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.
Climbing from lowliness to the heights, penetrating from the shallows to the depths, gradually applying effort in an orderly manner, not counting the months and years, not losing heart, eventually one will reach fulfillment. It is most important not to waste time vacillating, and not to give up halfway, as this will only leave you with unhappiness … If you start out diligently but end up slacking off, or indulge in idle imagination and hope thereby to keep essence and life whole and accomplish that which is rare in the world, you have no chance whatsoever of success.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
There are two ways of attaining an important end: force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time.
Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, 'til 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.
“Where there is a will there is a way” is an old true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so – to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Consider the postage stamp. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
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.
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we … are often on the line and don’t know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience … a little more persistence … and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
The great thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.
Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.
To be able to stand in the midst of darkness and live as though all about you was light is the final test of the human spirit.
Press on: Nothing in this world can take the place of perseverance. 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.
I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
The best way out is always through.
Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never. Never – in anything great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
I am not more gifted than anybody else. I am just more curious than the average person and will not give up on a problem until I have found the proper solution.
I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right.
We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
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.
Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of
the possible outcome.
Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done right.
No one ever did anything worth doing unless he was prepared to go on with it long after it became something of a bore.
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
There comes a time in a man's life when, to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows, he walks through a wall.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
Don’t give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you stumble onto something terrific. I have never heard of anyone stumbling over anything while he was sitting down.
The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
It's not over until it's over.
Tough times never last, but tough people do!
As long as I can stand it, God, I’ll keep on keeping on.
When I look back, the greatest thing that ever happened to me is that when I first picked up a basketball, I was terrible. If things come naturally, you may not bother to work at improving them and you can fall short of your potential.
People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life's circumstances to push them down and hold them under.
Wherever you are tonight, you can make it. Hold your head high; stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but the morning comes. Don’t you surrender.
Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit.
Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the everlasting and sanctified bull-doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
Even with a dull ax you can blaze a trail.
|DETERMINATION / PERSISTENCE / RESOLVE|
| This cross-index may help identify and delineate more closely subjective realities often hard to pin down.
|Related States & Conditions||Action/Effort | Choice/Volition | Commitment/Dedication | Confidence | Conviction/Principle | Daring/Challenge | Engagement/Involvement/Integration, Exploration, Focus/Intention, Initiative, Patience, Power, Self-Reliance, Strength|
|Syntonic||Attention/Awareness | Autonomy/Control | Courage | Desire | Diligence, Discipline, Faith, Flexibility/Flow/Flux, Ingenuity, Inspiration, Optimism/Positivism, Passion, Vision/Visualization, Zeal/Zest|
|Dystonic||Anger | Avoidance/Denial/Refusal | Complacency | Criticism/Judgment | Defeat | Delusion | Distraction/Diversion, Fault, Fear, Habit, Insecurity/Risk, Limitation, Regret, Worry|
Pardon us for the Author links which do not work and incomplete Subject cross-references. This is a life-work-in-progress and, like Penelope's tapestry, proceeds bit by bit.
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