Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Oration at Plymouth (December 22, 1802)
Like him in Aesop, he whipped his horses withal, and put his shoulder to the wheel.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
I believe the true road to preeminent success in any line is to make yourself master of that line.
It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world 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.
It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
Vacillating people seldom succeed. They seldom win the solid respect of their fellows. Successful men and women are very careful in reaching decisions and very persistent and determined in action thereafter.
In business, eternal vigilance is the price of liquidity.
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.
You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something. I cannot, never accomplished anything: I will try, has wrought wonders.
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759)
To live is not to learn, but to apply.
Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.
One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere.
'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause — and of obstinacy in a bad one.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1760-1767)
Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence more than talents and accomplishments.
Perseverance does not equal worthiness.
House, Paternity. By Dr. Gregory House.
Diligence is the greatest of teachers.
God is with those who patiently persevere.