Quotes About Determination

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Determination is an essential part of success. If you’re looking for more resolve, these determination quotes are a great place to start.

Though determination can be a positive and powerful motivator, continuing to feel determined can be incredibly difficult when we encounter obstacles and setbacks. From losing weight to quitting smoking, it takes an incredible amount of determination to achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Determination is what motivates us to improve ourselves, make positive changes in our lives, and increases our chances of success. It enables us to build dreams, live healthier lives, and strengthen our relationships with others.

Determination inspires us to dream bigger and achieve more for ourselves. When we adopt hard-working, successful people as a role models, we fuel our own determination and stay inspired to create new goals.

So here the most inspiring quotes about determination to encourage you to go for your dreams!

Determination Quotes

“Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.” – Tony Robbins

The path to success is to take massive, determined action.

Tony Robbins

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Napoleon Hill

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying.

Tom Hopkins

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb
“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” – Napoleon Hill

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.

Author Unknown

Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.

Brian Tracy

If you are going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.

Vince Lombardi

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” – Ann Landers

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

John Maxwell

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

Albert Einstein
“All depends on how determined we are to be successful.” – Robert Kiyosaki

It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.

Mark Cuban

He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.

John Foster

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.

Zig Ziglar

I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.

David Livigstone
“Determination gets you a long way.” – Chelsea Clinton

Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.


If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.

Tony Robbins

It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

Mark Cuban

To succeed… you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.

Tony Dorsett
“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

An Unfailing Success Plan: At each day’s end write down the six most important things to do tomorrow; number them in order of importance, and then do them.


For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?

James Allen

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.


We must be the epitome-the embodiment-of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.

George Herbert Allen
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one’s liberty.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!

Hector Crawford

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Jim Rohn

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan
“The determination to win is the better part of winning.” – Daisaku Ikeda

When I was younger, I thought that the key to success was just hard work. But the real foundation is faith. Faith — the idea that ‘I can do it’ — is the opposite of fear (‘What if I fail?’). And faith creates motivation which in turn leads to commitment, hard work, preparation … and eventually success.

Howard Twilley

Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to you.

Madeline Bridge

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli
“In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing.” – George S. Patton

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it into the nest.

Swedish Proverb

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. 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.

Calvin Coolidge
“When a man is willing and eager, the gods join in.” — Aeschylus

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Lorimer

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

Thomas Fuller

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

Abraham Lincoln

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Sonia Johnson
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these.

James Whitcomb Riley

Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

Roger Dawson

Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.

Jeremy Irvine

Life is not only merriment, it is desire and determination.

Kahlil Gibran
“A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.” – John C. Bovee

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

William Faulkner

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Charles Du Gaulle

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

William James

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

John C. Bovee

Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.

Burt Lawlor
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

A determined person will do more with a pen and paper, than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.

Catherine Pulsifer

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Roger Bannister

A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing, when such a determination is related to something noble which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.

Mahatma Gandhi

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.

Les Brown
“If we attack our problems with determination we shall succeed.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Time can be an ally or an enemy. What it becomes depends entirely upon you, your goals, and your determination to use every available minute.

Zig Ziglar

Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.

Henry Van Dyke

It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.

Kenneth J. Hutchins, 10 Powerful Habits of Successful People

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

Mario Andretti

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Dan Gable
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

Never give up, for this is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Hariet Beecher Stowe

The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose and in the invincible determination.

Vince Lombardi

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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 honor and good sense.

Winston Churchill
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

Jesse Owens

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Colin Powell

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

Harry S. Truman

You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else.

Chris Evert
“A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.

Bo Jackson

Construct your determination with Sustained Effort, Controlled Attention, and Concentrated Energy. Opportunities never come to those who wait… they are captured by those who dare to attack.

Paul J Meyer

He conquers who endures.


Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere that is what makes them extraordinary.

Catherine Pulsifer
“If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.” – Cher

Are you desperate or determined? With desperation comes frustration. With determination comes purpose, achievement, and peace.

James A. Murphy

Courage is the foundation of determination. Determination and courage are the cornerstones of success.

M. K. Soni

The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.

Channing Pollock

Working hard, being patient and being full of determination is perhaps the most fulfilling way of becoming rich.

Robert Gardner
“Determination is like a muscle. If you do not use it regularly, it fades away.” – Lynn Jennings

It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.

Man Ray

Victory is the child of preparation and determination.

Sean Hampton

Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

Roger Dawson

A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.

Louis L’Amour

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.

Horace Mann
“Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.” – Ian Duncan Smith

We hope you’ve enjoyed these determination quotes! Remember, setbacks and obstacles in the road are all part of your journey to success. Keep dreaming and striving for greatness, and you’ll reach your goal.

*This post was originally published on June 19th, 2012 and updated with more great determination quotes on April 7th, 2020.

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Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. 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 and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.