I was looking at this picture I took in downtown Charleston, SC. it’s an amazing crepe myrtle tree. As you can tell, it only had about a square foot in which to plant its base, and to get rain. What did it do over the last, probably, 50 years? It hung in there, kept on keepin’ on, and stuck with it. It persevered. It coped. It was strong and dedicated. We are much like trees; can we withstand the rigors of life? Deal with the hurricanes and pollution and cars that life entails? Check out these perseverance quotes for a little inspiration and insight.
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
“Love is not automatic. It takes conscious practice and awareness, just like playing the piano or golf. However, you have ample opportunities to practice. Everyone you meet can be your practice session.”
“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
“Are you ready to make your meaningful contribution, your sacrifice? Are you thrilled to think that we are no less than the heroes whom we have summoned here for advice and courage, and that our adventure will require as much from us as theirs did of them? Move your concerns into action now. The time has come. Do it with love, with intelligence, with careful and, above all, wise leadership. But do not delay.”
“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.” ~ Cecil B. DeMille
“No one succeeds without effort…. Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” ~ Ramana Maharshi
“To the heroic civil right activists of the 1930s and ‘40s, the idea that Jim Crow could be dislodged, and that the national consensus could swing so far in the direction of racial justice, in just a generation or two, must have seemed like a very remote possibility. And yet, they persevered (often against severe repression and violence, including lynching and other forms of violent death), laying the necessary groundwork for what would come later.”
“People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”
“Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.” ~ Thomas Dooley
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” ~ Newt Gingrich
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius
“Making your mark in the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. It takes patience; it takes commitment; and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. So the real test is not whether you avoid failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden you and shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”
“I won’t give up until the earth gives up.”
“Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
“For every page in a published novel, I wrote ten that ended up in the trash.”
“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
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but perseverance.”
“It takes more than a vision to make a visionary. It takes a rigorous discipline of thought management and a meticulous undoing of old habits.”
“A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked, “Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?” Muste replied, “Oh, I don’t do it to change the country, I do it so the country won’t change me.”
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