Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.
— Benjamin Franklin
True patience is waiting without worrying.
Be patient in little things. Learn to bear the everyday trials and annoyances of life quietly and calmly, and then, when unforeseen trouble or calamity comes, your strength will not forsake you.
— William Plumer
Patience with others is love, patience with self is hope, patience with God is faith.
— Adel Bestavros
But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!
— Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)
Nothing important, or meaningful, or beautiful, or interesting, or great, ever came out of imitations. What is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
— Anna Quindlen
In the world to come, I shall not be asked, “Why were you not Moses?” I shall be asked, “Why were you not Zusya?”
— Rabbi Zusya
If life is to have meaning, and if God’s will is to be done, all of us have to accept who we are and what we are, give it back to God, and thank Him for the way He made us. What I am is God’s gift to me; what I do with it is my gift to Him.
— Warren Wiersbe
There’s plenty of intelligence in the world, but the courage to do things differently is in short supply.
— Marilyn vos Savant
Be yourself and don’t imitate anyone regardless of his success. The two most successful coaches in the history of college basketball, John Wooden and Adolph Rupp, had completely opposite personalities. So coach within your own makeup and be yourself.
— Dale Brown
Perseverance can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which genius cannot.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.
— Brian Tracy
I’m going to keep knocking on that door until someone lets me in.
— Pat Bradley, on always coming close but never winning the Dinah Shore
There never was a successful leader who did not continue all precautions until the moment of success.
— Theodore Vail
There will be times when you will feel alone and deserted, when you will feel weak and doubt yourself and wonder if you are stark raving mad, but if you endure and persevere, eventually you will arrive at your dream.
— Les Brown
An athlete’s greatest glory lies not in never falling, but in rising every time he falls.
— Norm Van Brocklin
I am not the smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeeded because I kept going, and going, and going.
— Sylvester Stallone
Often, what seems impossible in the short term becomes very possible in the long term if you persist. In order to succeed, we need to discipline ourselves to consistently think long term.
— Anthony Robbins
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
Don’t give up whatever you’re trying to do – especially if you’re convinced that you’re blotching it up. Giving up reinforces a sense of incompetence, going on gives you a commitment to success.
— George Weinberg
Success comes to those who know it isn’t coming to them and who go out to get it.
— Frank Tyger
I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I have always found, when I was worrying, that the best thing to do was put my mind upon something, work hard and forget what was troubling me.
— Thomas Edison
Nothing comes easily. My work smells of sweat.
— Eric Hoffer
Men give me some credit for genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject at hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the efforts that I make are what people are pleased to call the fruits of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.
— Alexander Hamilton
The great thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
— Janet Stuart
Genius is perseverance in disguise.
— Mike Newlin
The slow penny is surer than the quick dollar. The slow trotter will out-travel the fleet racer. Genius darts, flutters and tires; but perseverance wears and wins.
— Orison Marden
The urge to quit is the signal that an opportunity to excel is at hand.
— Greg Quinn
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals 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
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.
— Henry Drummond
Everyone has in him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish. And what your potential is.
— Anne Frank
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
— Picabo Street
Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
— Thomas Watson