Victory belongs to the most persevering.
— Napoléon Bonaparte
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
— John Quincy Adams
Many times I have found that my best ideas have come when I thought I could not work for another minute and when I literally had to drive myself to finish the task before a deadline.
— Richard Nixon
It took me twenty years to become an overnight success.
— Eddie Cantor
One thing I’ve noticed in all my years of coaching is that the most successful athletes, the most successful people in all walks of life, in fact, have one thing in common – they persist. They refuse to let anyone tell them their dreams can’t come true. They never waver in their belief in themselves. They refuse to be denied.
— Rick Pitino
You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere.
— Helen Keller
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
— Thomas Edison
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
— B.C. Forbes
Waiting is God’s school, wherein we learn some of His most valuable lessons for us.
The line between failure and success is so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. 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. A little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
— Elbert Hubbard
Don’t look for the big, quick improvements. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.
— John Wooden
Commit yourself to constant improvement.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It is impossible to stay where we are. If we become complacent and stagnate, or start to drift, we will be left behind by more aggressive people.
— John Amatt
I can never stop working hard. Each day I feel that I have to improve. Hard work . . . Determination . . . I gotta keep pushing myself.
— Michael Jordan
If you want to stay the course, it will help if you can fall in love not with improvement, but with the process of improvement. Improvement is not something you can tightly control. It will come, but you can’t decide when and how much you’ll get better.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Define success in terms of how well you honor your commitment to the process.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
It often helps to write commitments down and keep them in front of us. Recording our roles and goals strengthens our resolve and reminds us to budget time and other resources.
— Stephen Covey
I resolve to apply myself industriously to whatever business I take in hand, and not divert my mind from my business by any foolish project of growing suddenly rich; for industry and patience are the surest means of plenty.
— Benjamin Franklin
Commitment gives us new power. No matter what comes to us – sickness, poverty or disaster, we never turn our eye from the goal.
— Ed McElroy
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time and time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
— Abraham Lincoln
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
— Edwin Chapin
It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
— Joseph Addison
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skills. Our antagonist is our hope.
— Edmund Burke
Use any time when you aren’t on center stage to strengthen your powers of perception. Even being on the bench or working around the periphery of the Lakers was like attending a master class in professional basketball.
— Pat Riley