Determination Sayings and Quotes

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


A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.     

Colin Powell

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.     

Thomas Fuller

Are you desperate or determined? With desperation comes frustration. With determination comes purpose, achievement, and peace.      

James A. Murphy

But you might as well bid a man struggling in the water, rest within arm's length of the shore! I must reach it first, and then I'll rest.     

Emily Bronte

Courage is the foundation of determination. Determination and courage are the cornerstones of success.     

M. K. Soni

Determination allows mere mortals to soar to unimaginable, new heights.     

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Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.     

Jeremy Irvine

Determination burns within each one of us. Whether or not it will heat the room or the whole house depends on how much time we spend feeding the fire.     

Michelle C. Ustaszeski

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.     

Denis Waitley

Determination is like a muscle. If you do not use it regularly, it fades away.     

Lynn Jennings

Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.     

Anthony Robbin

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way.     

Abraham Lincoln

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.     

Dale Carnegie

Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it     

Cathy Hopkins

Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable     

Lora Leigh

I have willpower and determination. I am very resilient, like rock.     

Carnie Wilson

I just hate losing and that gives you an extra determination to work harder.     

Wayne Rooney

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.     

Wilma Rudolph

If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I'd still swim. And I'd despise the one who gave up.      

Abraham Maslow

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.     

Les Brown

If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don't work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!     

Sarah Dessen

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.     

Samuel Johnson

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.     

Leonardo da Vinci

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.     

George Eliot

It's all about your determination, I think, as much as anything. There are a lot of people with talent, but it's that determination.     

Judy Blume

I've always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish.     

Chuck Norris

Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.     

Albert Einstein

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.     

Hal Borland

Life is not only merriment,It is desire and determination.     

Kahlil Gibran

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.     

Charles Simmons