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163 Perseverance Quotes That Spark Courage and Determination

Perseverance quotes have the power to inspire us to keep going no matter how steep the climb or how heavy the burden may be.

They serve as a gentle reminder that every struggle is a step forward, every hurdle an opportunity for growth.

In today’s post, I’ve rounded up a collection of quotes that embody the spirit of tenacity and resilience, offering motivation when the odds seem stacked against us.

Perseverance quotes to keep going no matter what

1. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

2. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

3. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé

4. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” – Will Rogers

5. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” – Benjamin Disraeli

6. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

7. “Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.” – Orison Swett Marden

8. “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

9. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – John Wooden

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10. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

11. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

12. “In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

14. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

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

16. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” – James A. Michener

17. “The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

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18. “Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.” – Cormac McCarthy

19. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière

20. “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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21. “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Charles Kingsleigh

22. “A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – James N. Watkins

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

24. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.” – Lao Tzu

25. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.” – Marie Curie

26. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

27. “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo

28. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

29. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

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30. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

31. “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins

Inspirational quotes about perseverance

32. “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” – Thomas Fowell Buxton

33. “To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. ‘I will drink the ocean,’ says the persevering soul, ‘at my will mountains will crumble up.’ Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.” – Swami Vivekananda

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34. “The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.” – David Sarnoff

35. “You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

36. “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

37. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

38. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

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

40. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry

Motivational quotes about perseverance

41. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.” – H. Jackson Brown

42. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

43. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

44. “To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage.” – Euripides

45. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

46. “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley

47. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

Motivational quotes about hard work and perseverance

48. “The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information.” – Jen Sincero

49. 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

50. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

51. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

52. “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

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53. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine

54. “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” – Randy Pausch

55. “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” – Charles Spurgeon

56. “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

Quotes about perseverance through hard times

57. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” – Joseph P. Kennedy

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58. “There are two ways of attaining an important end: force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged classes… but perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant.” – Honoré de Balzac

59. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Carter Crocker

60. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

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61. “There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.” – Shelley K. Wall

62. “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasow

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

64. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

65. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden

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66. “Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Quotes about determination and perseverance

67. “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

68. “To persist with a goal, you must treasure the dream more than the costs of sacrifice to attain it.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

69. “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a difficult thing, but to turn it into glory.” – William Barclay

70. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

71. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston S. Churchill

72. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

73. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

74. “Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

75. “At the end of hardship comes happiness.” – Korean Proverb

76. “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.” – Earl Nightingale

77. “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” – Robert Jordan

Quotes about perseverance and success

78. “No great thing is created suddenly.” – Epictetus

79. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

80. “The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Unknown

81. “Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes.” – Liza Wiemer

82. “No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.” – Unknown

83. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

84. “The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.” – Lucretius

85. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

86. “Victory belongs to the most persevering.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

87. “The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.” – Wilma Mankiller

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88. “Some lean back. But those who lean forward are poised to cross the finish line, first!” – T.F. Hodge

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89. “A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” – George M. Moore Jr.

90. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

91. “The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.” – David Viscott

92. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

93. “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.” – Morgan Freeman

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94. “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Matt Biondi

95. If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time of great personal growth ahead.” – Oswald Chambers

96. “Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

97. “We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” – Helen Keller

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98. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliot

99. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

100. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

101. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

102. “You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don’t give up.” – Chuck Yeager

103. “If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend.” – Joseph Addison

104. “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

105. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

106. “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

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107. “Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie

108. “There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.” – Cesar Chavez

109. “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Roger Bannister

110. “Without perseverance, talent is a barren bed.” – Welsh Proverb

111. “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

112. “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” – Thomas Fuller

113. “Perseverance is not a passive submission to circumstances – it is a strong and active response to the difficult events of life.” – Elizabeth George

114. “No one succeeds without effort… Those who succeed owe their success to perseverance.” – Ramana Maharshi

115. “Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.” – Scott Hamilton

116. “Success is no accident. It is perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pele

117. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

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118. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston S. Churchill

119. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

120. “Don’t confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but doesn’t make any progress.” – Alfred A. Montapert

121. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Ziglar

122. “To succeed, you must first improve. To improve, you must first practice. To practice, you must first learn. To learn, you must first fail.” – Michael Jordan

123. “No matter the number of times you fail you must be determined to succeed. You must not lose hope. Don’t stop in your storm.” – Tony Narams

124. “The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.” – John C. Maxwell

125. “Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

126. “Stay strong, stay positive, and never give up.” – Roy Bennett

127. “Life is largely a matter of expectation.” – Horace

128. “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

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129. “Don’t let life’s challenges deter you from your purpose.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

130. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

131. “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

131. “I will persist until I succeed.” – Og Mandino

132. “It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.” – Jillian Michaels

133. “Those who conquer have learned the art of perseverance.” – Jeffrey Fry

134. “The key to success is action, and the essential in action is perseverance.” – Sun Yat-sen

135. “In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm. In the real world, all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

136. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

137. “The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” – Mignon McLaughlin

138. “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” – Ovid

139. “The difference between people who believe they have books inside of them and those who actually write books is sheer cussed persistence—the ability to make yourself work at your craft, every day.” – Jennifer Weiner

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140. “Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” – Napoleon Hill

141. “Men fail much oftener from want of perseverance than from want of talent.” – William Cobbett

142. “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” – George Whitefield

143. “Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

144. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

145. Infinite patience brings immediate results.” – Wayne Dyer

146. “To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up.” – Ralph Bunche

147. “The world’s greatest achievers have been those who have always stayed focused on their goals and have been consistent in their efforts.” – Dr. Roopleen

148. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

149. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher

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150. “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.” – Swami Sivananda

151. “To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

152. “He conquers who endures.” – Persius

153. “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

154. “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” – Roy T. Bennett

155. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith

156. “Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Zig Ziglar

157. “Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill

158. You’re going to find the people that make it work NEVER quit, quitting is NOT an option.” – Bob Proctor

Hard work and perseverance quotes

159. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

160. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James

161. True perseverance is not just about bearing the hard times; it’s about refining our dreams along the way.” – A.J. Darkholme

162. “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers

163. “A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller

Final thoughts

These perseverance quotes can be a source of inspiration and encouragement when you’re facing difficult times.

Whether it’s in your career, relationships or any other area of life, never give up hope and stay focused on your goals.

Always remember that no amount of hard work is ever wasted. You gotta just keep pushing forward and have faith in yourself.

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