An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A thick skin is a gift from God.


Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967, German statesman)


Those who want to succeed will find a way, those who don't will find an excuse!


Leo Aguila


Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the results.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handedly move the world.


Archimedes (c. 287-12212 BC, Greek mathematician)


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


Roger Bannister (1929-, British athlete, first person in the world to run a mile under 4 minutes)


What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.


Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922, Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone)


Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy -- invincible determination -- a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.


Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton


You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.


Jimmy Carter (1924-, American President (39th))


Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master.


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


I found that I could find the energy... that I could find the determination to keep on going. I learned that your mind can amaze your body, if you just keep telling yourself, I can do it... I can do it... I can do it!


Jon Erikson


Not an inch of our territory not a stone of our fortress.


Jules Favre


No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution. Every man who gets anywhere does so because he has first firmly resolved to progress in the world and then has enough stick-to-it-tiveness to transform his resolution into reality. Without resolution, no man can win any worthwhile place among his fellow men.


B.C. Forbes


I'm a determined person. And if I've got an objective, I'll make hours of sacrifice -- whatever efforts are needed.


Gerald R. Ford (1913-, American President (38th))


Determination that just won't quit -- that's what it takes.


AJ Foyt (1935-, American race car driver)


When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I'm out there to win.


Joe Frazier


There's no ceiling on effort!


Harvey C. Fruehauf


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


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.


Robert Hughes (1938-, Australian art critic, writer)


Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


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.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If a ship has sunk, I can't bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can't stop it. I can use my time much better working on tomorrow's problem than fretting about yesterday's.


Ernest J. King


The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.


Tommy Lasorda (1927-, American  baseball manager)


A strong determination to get the best out of life, a keen desire to enjoy what one has, and no regrets if one fails: this is the secret of the Chinese genius for contentment.


Yutang, Lin (1895-1976, Chinese writer and philologist)


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


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.


David Livingstone (1813-1873, British missionary, explorer)


The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


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


Geroge Lorimer


This force, which is the best thing in you, your highest self, will never respond to any ordinary half-hearted call, or any milk-and-water endeavor, It can only be reached by your supremest call, your supremest effort. It will respond only to the call that is backed up by the whole of you, not part of you; you must be all there in what you are trying to do. You must bring every particle of your energy, unanswerable resolution, your best efforts, your persistent industry to your task or the best will not come out of you. You must back up your ambition by your whole nature, by unbounded enthusiasm and a determination to win which knows no failure... Only a masterly call, a masterly will, a supreme effort, intense and persistent application, can unlock the door to your inner treasure and release your highest powers.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me, or I can be lost in a maze. My choice, my responsibility, win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.


Elaine Maxwell


My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me, or I can be lost in a maze. My choice, my responsibility, win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.


Elaine Maxwell


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 (American businessman, author, motivator)


If at first you don't succeed-try, try again. Don't think of it as failure. Think of it as timed-release success.


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


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 (1913-1980, American Olympian)


To succeed in life one must have determination and must be prepared to suffer during the process. If one isn't prepared to suffer during adversities, I don't really see how he can be successful.


Gary Player (1969-, American golfer)


To him who is determined it remains only to act.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


With a resolute heart, a mouse can lift an elephant. Spreading the news is also multiplying it.


Tibetan Proverb (Sayings of Tibetan origin)


Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Focus on where you want to go, not where your currently are.


Author Unknown


Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.


Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American baseball player)


I will always stay hungry, never satisfied with current accomplishments.


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-, Austrian-born American actor, author, director, restaurateur)


A man can do anything he wants to do in this world, at least if he wants to do it badly enough.


Edward Wyllis Scripps (1854-1926, American press lord)


Every one excels in something in which another fails. In excessive argument, truth is lost.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Nehemiah 4:6


I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The wayside of business is full of brilliant men who started out with a spurt, and lacked the stamina to finish. Their places were taken by patient and unshowy plodders who never knew when to quit.


J. R. Todd


Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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If you must begin, then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time.


Chogyam Trungpa


Even if something has just a one percent chance of success, success (comes down) to how fast you exhaust your ninety-nine failures.


Author Unknown


If you can't find the key to success, pick the lock.


Author Unknown


Once while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, "What would you do it you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today?" He replied, "I would finish hoeing my garden."


Author Unknown


Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.


Author Unknown


Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


The thing that contributes to anyone's reaching the goal he wants is simple wanting that goal badly enough.


Charles E. Wilson (1886-1972, American corporate executive)


It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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