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





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


Newt Gingrich (1943-, American statesman)


I try. I am trying. I was trying. I will try. I shall in the meantime try. I sometimes have tried. I shall still by that time be trying.


Diane Glancy


The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.


Ellen Glasgow (1874-1945, American novelist)


Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Through seeking and blundering we learn.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I am a stranger to half measures.


Marita Golden


Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and buds the choicest flowers and fruits spring up and flourish in the desert abode of thorns and briars.


Samuel G. Goodrich (1793-1860, American publisher, writer)


To be somebody you must last.


Ruth Gordon


Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished.


Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885, American President (18th))


Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


My parents told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done.


Nancy Hanks


Perseverance is the most overrated of traits, if it is unaccompanied by talent; beating your head against a wall is more likely to produce a concussion in the head than a hole in the wall.


Sidney J. Harris (1917-, American journalist)


It matters if you just don't give up.


Stephen Hawking (1942-, British theoretical physicist)


Paralyze resistance with persistence.


Woody Hayes (1913-1987, American college football coach)


There's nothing in this world that comes easy. There are a lot of people who aren't going to bother to win. We learn in football to get up and go once more.


Woody Hayes (1913-1987, American college football coach)


If you've got the guts to stick it out... you're going to make it.


Brian Hays


There's only one way you can fail, and that's to quit.


Brian Hays


The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains.


Ernest Hello


The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last in it, and not be smashed by it.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.


William Ernest Henley (1849-1903, British poet, critic, editor)


I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


I'm proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up.


Orel Herhiser (American baseball player)


Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


All is well that ends well.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Success... seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.


Conrad Hilton (1887-1979, American hotelier, founder of Hilton Hotels)


You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective... if you want it, if you will to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time.


William E. Holler


The troubles of our proud and angry dust are from eternity, and shall not fail. Bear them we can, and if we can we must. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.


A. E. Housman (1859-1936, British poet, classical scholar)


If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.


Curly Howard


New links must be forged as old ones rust.


Jane Howard


All the sugar was in the bottom of the cup.


Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910, American feminist, reformer, writer)


How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience would have achieved success?


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Character is built into the spiritual fabric of personality hour by hour, day by day, year by year in much the same deliberate way that physical health is built into the body.


E. Lamar Kincaid


Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


One should act in consonance with the way of heaven and earth, which is enduring and eternal. The superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


Boys, there ain't no free lunches in this country. And don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got the raw deals. You've got to say, "I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it." It's called perseverance.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


You've got to say, "I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough, I can have it." It's called perseverance.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.


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


Excellence in any pursuit is the late, ripe fruit of toil.


W. M. L. Jay


When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practical. This lessons the evil, while fretting and fuming only serve to increase your own torments.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


I've believed ever since that living on the edge, living in and through your fear, is the summit of life, and that people who refuse to take that dare condemn themselves to a life of living death.


John H. Johnson (1918-, American businessman, founder of Johnson Publishing)


The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.


Herbert Kaufman


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


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


An inventor fails 999 times and, and if he succeeds once, he's victorious. He treats his failures as practice shots.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Great people aren't those who are happy at times of convenience  and content, but of how they are in times of catastrophe and controversy.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Champions keep playing until they get it right.


Billie Jean King (1943-, American tennis player)


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they have gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you. Except the Will which says to them; "Hold on!"


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


God helps those who persevere.


The Koran (c. 500 AD, Islamic Religious Bible)


The only way to find out if you can write is to set aside a certain period every day and try. Save enough money to give yourself six months to be a full-time writer. Work every day and the pages will pile up.


Judith Krantz


I bend, but I do not break.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Endurance is the crowning quality...


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Think of a fine painter attempting to capture an inner vision, beginning with one corner of the canvas, painting what he thinks should be there, not quite pulling it off, covering it over with white paint, and trying again, each time finding out what his painting isn't, until he finally finds out what it is. And when you finally do find out what one corner of your vision is, you're off and running.


Anne Lamott


One thing we learned. To make a start and keep plugging. When I had fights at school, the little while I went, I just bowed my neck and kept swinging until something hit the dirt. Sometimes it was me, but I always got up.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


If you want to see the sun shine, you have to weather the storm.


Frank Lane


Life is one long struggle to disinter oneself, to keep one's head above the accumulations, the ever deepening layers of objects ... which attempt to cover one over, steadily, almost irresistibly, like falling snow.


Rose Macaulay (1881-1958, British novelist, essayist)


Remember that the Devil doesn't sleep, but seeks our ruin in a thousand different ways.


Angela Merici


If I don't get off the mat, I'll lose the fight.


Archie Lee Moore


Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.


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


I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.


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


Never despair, keep pushing on!


Sir Thomas Lipton


Persevere in virtue and diligence.


Titus Livy (BC 59-17 AD, Roman historian)


Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows. There is no code of conduct to help beginners. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.


Sophia Loren (1934-, Italian film actress)


The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.


Lucretius (c.95-55 BC, Roman poet and philosopher)


Many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks.


John Lyly (c.1554-1606, British writer)


No one succeeds without effort.... Those who succeed owe their success to their perseverance.


Ramana Maharshi


There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.


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


When you're a professional, you come back no matter what happened the day before.


Billy Martin (1928-1989, American  baseball manager)


A soul occupied with great ideas performs small duties.


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


We conquer by continuing.


George Matheson


We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest ... might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion, as it had before.


Daphne Du Maurier


The wonderful thing about saints is that they were human. They lost their tempers, got hungry, scolded God, were egotistical or impatient in their turns, made mistakes and regretted them. Still they went on doggedly blundering toward heaven.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.


Rene McPherson


Being human, we should bear all we can.


Norma MeaCock


The basis of accomplishment is in never quitting.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


To convert ideas and good intentions into something real and positive requires time and perseverance.


Eugenio Mendoza


Down you mongrel, Death! Back into your kennel!


Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950, American poet)


Like ships, men flounder time and time again.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


Don't get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags are not so dangerous -- it's the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull yourself loose and go on.


Anne Shannon Monroe


But the fruit that can fall without shaking indeed is too mellow for me.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


Desire and hope will push us on toward the future.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


By the grace of God, I'll be that man.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


I will hold.




Through struggle to the stars.




It's not worthy of human beings to give up.


Alva Reimer Myrdal


Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


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