Persistence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old persistence quotes, persistence sayings, and persistence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.     

Elbert Hubbard

Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.     

Napoleon Hill

Persistence is incredibly important. Persistence proves to the person you're trying to reach that you're passionate about something, that you really want something.     

Norah O'Donnell

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.     

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.     

Newt Gingrich

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.     

Walter Elliott

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.     

Charles F. Kettering

Sometimes you must cross a bridge and other times you need to burn it. But, always keep building one and never lose your faith in life.     


As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.     

Donald Trump

Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.     

Lance Armstrong

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.     

Napoleon Hill

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.     

Benjamin Franklin

The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.     

James Whitcomb Riley

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.     

Marabel Morgan

No great achievement is possible without persistent work.     

Bertrand Russell

It's not how low you fall, but how quickly and often you optimize that counts.     

Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.     

Marina Wright Edelman

I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep doing so until the end.     

Abraham Lincoln

If you are doing all you can to the fullest of your ability as well as you can, there is nothing else that is asked of a soul.     

Gary Zukav

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.     


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

It is by tiny steps that we ascend the stars.     

Jack Leedstrom

One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.     

Col. Harland Sanders

We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.     

Helen Keller

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.     

Christopher Morley

When I thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.     

Estee Lauder

Focus on the solution, not the problem.     

Walter Anderson

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure     

Edward Eggleston

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt