Grit Sayings and Quotes

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


Grit is choosing to lean in & work on your Art when the world thinks it's already good enough.     

Rob Beaudreault

Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized, spirit and will thrust into heart, brain, and backbone, so as to form part of the physical substance of the man.     

Edwin Percy Whipple

Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.     

Taisen Deshimaru

The man who has grit enough to bring about the afforestation or the irrigation of a country is not less worthy of honor than its conqueror.     

J. Arthur Thomson

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.     

John Ortberg

A grit mind strengthens all of your strengths.     

Pearl Zhu

Grit is the persistence in following your own destiny.     

Paul Bradley Smith

Grit is knowing who you are and where you are headed, moving determinedly forward with eyes fixed on the mark, rather than the obstacles that lie in wait.     

Christine Bisch

The grit that we have, the depth that we have, the intensity that we have throughout the hockey game that's crucial. It's believing and knowing that we can fight through a little adversity and find ways to win.     

Ryan Smyth

Grit is having the courage to do the right thing, regardless of the popularity or consequences.     

Joan Hall

Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest, and do it again and again.     

Sarah Lewis

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.     

Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth

True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done.     

John Wayne

Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined, discreet, and they've got grit.     

Wade Davis

Grit is that extra something that separates the most successful people from the rest. It's the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.     

Travis Bradberry

A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence.     

Thomas Traherne

Grit is having the courage to push through, no matter what the obstacles are, because it's worth it.     

Chris Morris

Grit is picking yourself up and moving forward even when you think you can't take one more step.     

Christy Mossburg

Grit is a measurement of sandpaper, and determination. In both cases it defines an ability to change surroundings, and not be changed.     

Mike Loomis

What is grit? Grit is refusing to give up. It's persistence. It's making your own luck.     

Peter Diamandis

Grit is not synonymous with hard work. It involves a certain single-mindedness. An ungritty prison inmate will mount a daring new escape attempt every month, but a gritty prison inmate will tunnel his way out one spoonful of concrete at a time. Grit     

Chip Heath