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





Plodding wins the race.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


What helps me go forward is that I stay receptive, I feel that anything can happen.


Anouk Aimee (1932-, French actor)


As you go along your road in life, you will, if you aim high enough, also meet resistance.... But no matter how tough the opposition may seem, have courage still and persevere.


Madeleine Albright


Men perish because they cannot join the beginning with the end.




There are two parts to the creative endeavor: making something, then disseminating it.


Jane Alexander


Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life -- but what we do about what happens to us.


George Allen (1952-, American football coach)


One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.


George Allen (1952-, American football coach)


Persevere and get it done.


George Allen (1952-, American football coach)


People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.


George E. Allen (1832-1907, British publisher, author)


I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn't all that important to me.


Lisa Alther (1944-, American author)


A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves a glorious success.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. There are a lot of people out there with good and marketable ideas, but pure entrepreneurial types almost never accept defeat.


Lisa M. Amos


Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.


Julie Andrews (1935-, British singer, actress)


Keep spiritually sound and be persistent. Persistence is the key. Just never stop believing in your dream.


Deborah Aquila


A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind, and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.


Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian writer)


Fake it till you make it.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out, but you gotta suit up for them all.


J. Askenberg


Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.


St. Teresa of Avila


Patient endurance attends to all things.


St. Teresa of Avila


As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.


Djuna Barnes (1892-1982, American author, poet, columnist)


Live with no time out.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree... but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement... that requires a heroism which is transcendent.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


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


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


It ain't over `til it's over.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


I have often been adrift, but I have always stayed afloat.


David Berry


I never stop to plan. I take things step-by-step.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


To be unable to bear an ill is itself a great ill.


Bion (Greek bucolic poet)


Where I am today has everything to do with the years I spent hanging on to a career by my fingernails.


Barbara Aronstein Black


To be happy, drop the words "if only" and substitute instead the words "next time."


Smiley Blanton (1882-1966, American author)


My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.


Bjorn Borg (1956-, Swedish tennis player)


Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element of prayer. Men must be in earnest when they kneel at God's footstool. Too often we get faint-hearted and quit praying at the point when we ought to begin. We let go at the very point where we should hold on strongest. Our prayers are weak because they are not impassioned by an unfailing and resistless will.


E.M. Bounds


Never give up. Keep your thoughts and your mind always on the goal.


Tom Bradley (1947-, American baseball player)


Old habits are strong and jealous.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


Never stop. One always stops as soon as something is about to happen.


Peter Stephen Paul Brook (1925-, British theater and film director)


Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They are willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There is a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they are willing to spend on it.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.


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


First there are those who are winners, and know they are winners. Then there are the losers who know they are losers. Then there are those who are not winners, but don't know it. They're the ones for me. They never quit trying. They're the soul of our game.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


When we know what we want to prove, we go out and find our facts. They are always there.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


A jug fills drop by drop.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.


Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton


Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming difficulty gives way.


Jeremy Collier (1650-1726, British clergyman, conjuror)


Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The first need of being is endurance; to endure with gladness if we can, with fortitude in any event.


Bliss Carman (1861-1929, Canadian poet)


Slow motion gets you there faster.


Hoagy Carmichael


Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Only yield when you must, never "give up the ship," but fight on to the last "with a stiff upper lip!"


Phoebe Cary


The champ may have lost his stuff temporarily or permanently, he can't be sure. When he can no longer throw his high hard one, he throws his heart instead. He throws something. He just doesn't walk off the mound and weep.


Raymond Chandler (1888-1959, American author)


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


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


There is but an inch of difference between the cushioned chamber and the padded cell.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


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 (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Never, never, never, never give up.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the halls. We shall never surrender.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


He that has cut the claws of the lion will not feel quite secure until he has also drawn his teeth.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


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


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


Perseverance is not the only ingredient to winning. You can stalk a field forever and not get any game if the field does not contain any.


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


Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we learn to walk.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Nothing in the 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 (1872-1933, American President (30th))


You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.


James J. Corbett (1866-1933, American heavyweight boxer)


They, that unnamed "they," they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get up -- and I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me.


Gregory Corso (1930-, American author)


Don't ask me to give in to this body of mine. I can't afford it. Between me and my body there must be a struggle until death.


St. Margaret of Cortona


Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.


Joseph E. Cossman (1918-2002, American businessman, author, lecturer)


Trouble, like the hill ahead, straightens out when you advance upon it.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


When it goes wrong, you feel like cutting your throat, but you go on. You don't let anything get you down so much that it beats you or stops you.


George Cukor


Obstacles cannot crush me, every obstacle yields to stern resolve.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, "Here comes number seventy-one!"


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


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


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


Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.


Henry L. Doherty (1870-1939, American utilities executive/engineer)


Plenty of men can do good work for a spurt and with immediate promotion in mind, but for promotion you want a man in whom good work has become a habit.


Henry L. Doherty (1870-1939, American utilities executive/engineer)


The horizon is out there somewhere if you just keep looking for it, chasing it, and working for it.


Bob Dole (1923-, American politician,)


If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.


Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849, British writer)


Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


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


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.


Edward Eggleston (American writer, historian)


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


Walter Elliott


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world, I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.


Ellen Goodman


The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.


Ted W. Engstrom (American religion and social leader)


It is a matter first of beginning -- and then following through.


Richard L. Evans


I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion.


William Falconer


God Almighty hates a quitter.


Samuel Fessenden (1847-1908, American lawyer, politician)


The growth of understanding follows an ascending spiral rather than a straight line.


Joanna Field


Have you ever considered the cost of quitting?  For a real eye opener... ask Thomas Edison... Steve Jobs... Michael Jordan... or Jim Carrey. Ask them how much it would have cost them if they had quit. What about you?


Doug Firebaugh


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


Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.


B.C. Forbes


Nothing is so difficult but it may be won by industry.


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


Your mind is powerful enough to do more than one thing at one time, but you can only do one thing well at one time. Just do what you're doing while you're doing it.


Ron Gilbert


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