I’m proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up.
— Orel Hershiser
I got where I am with sufficient talent and then simply by wanting it more and working harder to get it.
— Dennis Conner
The reason for my success is simple: 15 years of practice and hard work.
— David Duval
What I’ve learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this – what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is.
— Linda Mastandrea
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
— Louis Pasteur
There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.
— Roger Staubach
After he patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
— Hebrews 6:15
My mother is very dependable, very reliable. She taught me about responsibility – that you honor your commitments. When you say you’re going to do something, you do it.
— Jacklyn Zeman
People are defeated in life not because of lack of ability, but for lack of wholeheartedness. They do not wholeheartedly expect to succeed. Their heart isn’t in it, which is to say they themselves are not fully given. Results do not yield themselves to the person who refuses to give himself to the desired results.
— Norman Vincent Peale
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
— Newt Gingrich
I never gave up, even when people told me I’d never make it.
— Bob Wickman
Perseverance is how most things get done and deals get made, because eventually, most of the world will just give up.
— Robert Kraft
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
— Hebrews 10:36
Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.
— Florence Shinn
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
— Roger Bannister
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
— Galatians 6:9
The secret to persevering is building your self-esteem so you can take rejection and move on to the next opportunity.
— Jack Canfield
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
— Ted Williams
A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It’s all a matter of pride.
— Nancy Lopez
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
Life rewards those who, having failed, and having failed over and over, still manage to move on. It is the decision to try again that will ultimately lead to a reward.
— Fay Vincent, Jr.
A man can transform faults into virtues if he but perseveres.
— The Maggid of Dubno
We fight until they take the last breath out of us.
— Darryl Talley, former Buffalo Bills linebacker, on coming back from 35-3 to beat the Houston Oilers in a playoff game
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
— Margaret Thatcher
The power of a man increases steadily by continuance in one direction. He becomes acquainted with the resistances and with his own tools; increases his skill and strength and learns the favorable moments and favorable accidents.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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