Perseverance Quotes to Give You Resolve

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Are you dealing with trying circumstances? These perseverance quotes will make you steadfast in the face of adversity until you complete your goals.

Perseverance is about more than never giving up. It marks a continuous effort at something over a long time horizon. A single-minded and tenacious effort, no matter how arduous the task.

Great people throughout history have accomplished enormous goals by persevering when all seemed lost. In that spirit, here are the best perseverance quotes to drive you toward accomplishing your objectives.

Top 10 Perseverance Quotes

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

Julie Andrews

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

Walter Elliot
Victor Hugo quote "Perseverance secret of all triumphs"
“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo

Perseverance conquers nations, its attainments are beyond limit.

Amie Smith

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Benjamin Disraeli

It’s always too early to quit.

Norman Vincent Peale
Sogyal Rinpoche quote "There is no armor like perseverance"
“There is no armor like perseverance.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

You must keep at it, someday soon your perseverance will reap rewards.

Domenico Mazza

Ardent interest, focused practice, and perseverance are pillars for the solid stone foundation of success.

Lee David Daniels

Quotes about Perseverance

Perseverance conquers all things; it is the key to success. Keeping on is good but keeping on keeping on to the end wins the day, every time.

S. E. Adkins

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Newt Gingrich

Patient effort, perseverance and hard work each day properly directed will surely bring success.

Malcolm D. Lambournne

Perseverance is a behavior, a purposeful action to pursue a goal or task despite obstacles.

Laila Sanguras
Bob Riley quote "Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated"
“Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.” – Bob Riley

Nothing in the world can replace perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance.

Gary Hamel

Every time you fail and get back up. You practice perseverance, which is the key to life. Your strength comes in your ability to recover.

Michelle Obama

No matter what may be happening in your life, it is encouraging to learn how other people have persevered and found their silver linings.

David Mezzapelle

Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

Abrose Bierce

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.


It’s perseverance that’s the key. It’s persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.

Lynn Davies

Perseverance is the guide-post to success and achievement and the road to pleasure and happiness.

Charles Francis Glass

Part of life is understanding that real change and progress comes with dedicated perseverance but also realizing that challenges, obstacles and roadblocks will appear from time to time.

Robert Rivers
Samuel Johnson quote "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance"
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

The secret to genius is not genetics but daily practice married with relentless perseverance.

Robin Sharma

A will finds a way.

Orison Swett Marden

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

John D. Rockefeller

Perseverance speaks to a refusal to give up the pursuit of a goal despite attendant difficulties.

Lisa Marie Stringer

One of these conditions is perseverance, that is, the motivation to keep going forward with your plan because you believe in it, even when you face roadblocks and when results seem to be too far away.

Gabriel Torres

So, hope is a combination of setting goals, having the tenacity and perseverance to pursue them, and believing in our own abilities.

Brené Brown

There are none so blind as those who will not see and there are none so ignorant as those who don’t have the perseverance to learn.

Ian Gibbs

The affirmation of strong perseverance, of keeping at it, of continuous, undeviating effort, is bound to pay off ultimately if you have the inner compulsion to visualize and keep at it.

Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t worry about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.

Sir Thomas Treves

You don’t need an easier life, but rather an attitude of perseverance.

James Clear
Helena Doocey quote "Perseverance is the one rule that will lead to the hilltops of life"
“Perseverance is the one rule that will lead to the hilltops of life.” – Helena T. Doocey

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance.

E. C. Dowden

Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.

Gillian Anderson

The greatest recipe in life is the one which has more ingredients of perseverance and dedication within the mixture.

B. C. Artworst

Sometimes luck can be that driving force that catapults your life into a storm of success along with hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Zak Frazer

All the performances of human art at which we look with praise or wonder are instances of the resistless force of perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.

Henry Ward Beecher

Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.

Paula Abdul

Success at anything requires two vital ingredients: enthusiasm and perseverance. Both can be helped by the broad view that looks beyond temporary difficulties and disappointments to a great goal.

Norman Vincent Peale

The further the reward from the effort, the thinner the competition.

Johnny Uzan

Perseverance doesn’t always mean winning and losing. Perseverance means showing up and rising to the occasion and performing.

Michael Chiesa
Earl Nightingale quote "Perseverance is another word for faith"
“Perseverance is another word for faith.” – Earl Nightingale

Having perseverance is all about being able to bounce back and keep moving forward.

Jason Scotts

The three P’s Practice, perseverance and patience are the qualities you will need in order to become the author of your own story.

Robin Roberts

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.

Michael Jordan

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

Life is not easy for any of us. 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

Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

Vince Lombardi

Perseverance was forged in the fires of your own determination. Its powers are activated when we ignore the negativity and keep working towards our goals.

Jake Smith

Think about your capabilities, your strength, your perseverance, and your resilience. Give yourself a pat on the back.

Kate Anderson

Perseverance is the quality that enables weak men to become the equals of strong men.

M. A. Dunn

We can better enjoy the blessings we get from perseverance, as they have a higher value than things easily gotten, and we keep them longer and treasure them higher on account of the persevering effort we made to get them.

Charles Francis Glass
FM O'Rourke quote "Perseverance is trying and trying, and trying again each day"
“Perseverance is trying and trying, and trying again each day.” – F. M. O’Rourke, Let’s Persevere

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles.

Helen Keller

The most useful form of patience is persistence. Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own. Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.

James Clear

Being genuinely happy is something that take practice, perseverance, and patience.

Dr. Lauren Cunning, Hardwiring Happiness

A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don’t have things go their way. And you never give up hope, and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perseverance. You just keep getting up and getting up, and then you get that breakthrough.

Robert Kraft

One day someone is going to come to you and ask how you did it. Because you were creative, because you persevered, because you persisted through the resistance, you will be able to hold your chin up and help someone else overcome.

David DeNotaris

If you still feel tempted to throw in the towel, read these 6 Things to Ask Yourself When You Feel Like Quitting to evaluate your thought process.

Persevere Quotes

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.

Lord Chesterfield

To persevere in life one must have that stick-ability to do as we aim, to go onward toward progress no matter what incumbrances affront us.

Stella W. Scharff

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

Christopher Reeve

To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.

George Washington

In addition to the well-known people who had to persevere, there have been countless others whose names we do not know, but whose failures or mistakes became some of the best-known, best-selling products in the world today.

Joyce Meyer

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

Babe Ruth
"Always think ahead, dream ahead, and persevere to go that far"
“Always think ahead, dream ahead, and persevere to go that far.” – Israelmore Ayivor

To persevere in life one must have that stick-ability to do as we aim, to go onward toward progress no matter what incumbrances affront us.

Stella W. Scharff

During difficult seasons we gain strength and learn to persevere.

Scott Gordon, Tough Times Cannot Last Forever

Anyone can start something. No one quits right before the prize. The middle sets people apart.

Johnny Uzan

To persevere means having the ability and the composure to hold back and wait for something to happen without feeling anxious, becoming irritated or panicked.

Remi Duyile

Energy and persistence conquer all things.

Benjamin Franklin

Don’t let yourself be intimidated by obstacles. When you persevere they will melt away.

Lance Dale

If you can just maintain that consistent energy in one direction, it’s incredible what you could deflect over a long period of time.

Hugh Howey

When we choose faith over fear, trusting that God can make a way where there is no way, we can persevere through the changing seasons of life.

Candy Paull

In one word mental fortitude is grit, the ability to persevere and maintain passion for long-term goals.

James O’Donnell

By highlighting your past successes, you can gain a better understanding about existing qualities that you would like to preserve or expand upon.

Nathan Arthur

God works all things for good to those who love Him and persevere through to victory.

Faith Marie Baczko

One of the most astonishing human traits: our ability to keeping getting up, lugging ourselves around and doing our stuff day after day.

Alain de Botton
"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul"
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” – Gen. Douglas MacArthur

If you dare to believe that God has something great in store for you to do, to accomplish, or to achieve, you must be prepared to persevere in spite of your setbacks and challenges.

Cindy Trimm

Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these.

Edward Dunedin

Instead of viewing failure as the end, successful people persevere and try again.

Skip Powell

To persevere with the will to understand in the face of obstacles is the heroism of consciousness.

Nathaniel Branden

Grit is such an important thing. You have to fight through the hurt, you have to persevere. Your best self is the one at the other end of that trail of grit. It would be a shame if you never knew that person.

Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D. Beyond Grit

I want to encourage you to trust God and persevere. Your suffering is not meaningless; it is a process of preparation.

Os Hilman

When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable.

Thomas Jefferson

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.

Robert Brault

But if you truly believe, if you genuinely believe towards the cause you are fighting for then you shall persevere.

Jeff Carter

An optimist would be able to encourage the people around him to persevere and ultimately reach the same goal more successfully.

Zoe Meadows

In order to persevere, a person often needs other character attributes such as open-mindedness.

Rohen Phoenix

Dream after dream comes true—or rather is made true by persevering effort.

L. M. Montgomery
Philip Sidney perseverance quote"Either I will find a way, or I will make one"
“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.” – Philip Sidney

It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.

Winston Churchill

The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.

James Clear

Go as far as you can see; when you get there you’ll be able to see farther.

Thomas Carlyle

Sayings for Perseverance

Stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.

Mark Ruffalo

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Robert H. Schuller

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

What is now proved was once only imagined.

William Blake

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Thomas Edison

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.

Alfred A. Montapert

Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.

Pauline Kael

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines"
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

William Feather

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

When things go wrong, don’t go with them.

Elvis Presley

A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.

Leo Tolstoy

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.


We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Maya Angelou

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Elbert Hubbard

Remember that sometimes, not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

Dalai Lama

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Nelson Mandela

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.

Ralph Marston

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

Christian D. Larson
Marie Curie quote "I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy"
“I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” – Marie Curie

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

Elon Musk

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Albert Einstein

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Nelson Mandela

In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end.

Fernando Sabinno

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

Aristotle Onassis

Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quitting does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.

Richard Nixon

There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down, as long as you get right back up.

Muhammad Ali

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.

Abraham Lincoln

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T. Washington

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.

Charles F. Kettering
"For water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow"
“For water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.” – Plutarch

No great work is ever done in a hurry. To develop a great scientific discovery, to paint a great picture, to write an immortal poem, to become a minister, or a famous general; to do anything great requires time, patience and perseverance. These things are done by degrees, little by little.

W. J. Wilmont Buxton

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.

Helen Keller

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James A. Michener

Great ones are willing to get burned time and again as they sharpen their swords in the fire.

Josh Waitzkin

The magnitude of a progress is gauged by the greatness of the sacrifice that it requires.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Everyone wants some magic pill – some life hack – that eliminates the need to do the work. But that does not exist.

Jocko Willink

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.

Steve Maraboli

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

You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Time to Persevere

Ready to tackle your problems now? Re-read some perseverance quotes anytime you need to get back on track and embolden your resolve.

Perseverance blends focus, determination, and will power into a true mastery of self.

It’s easy not to quit when we have to complete easy tasks or face short-term adversity. It’s another thing entirely when we know the journey will be long and require as much from us as we can give to complete it.

But these perseverance quotes show us that when we commit to persevering, we become greater than we were before. So get out there and persevere today, no matter what you’re going through.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.