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My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging
-- Hank Aaron

* "Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance."
-- Abigail Adams

* "Nothing could be worse than the fear that one has given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort which might have saved the world."
-- Jane Addams

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
-- John Quincy Adams

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
-- Joseph Addison

* “Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”
-- Amos Bronson Alcott

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”
-- George Allen

* Keep on keeping on.
-- Edgar Allen (Founder of Easter Seals)

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
-- Julie Andrews

* It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
-- Aristotle

* "Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.
-- Aristotle

“To believe in yourself and to follow your dreams, to have goals in life and a drive to succeed, and to surround yourself with the things and the people that make you happy - this is success!”
-- Sasha Azevedo

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-- Roger Bannister

* “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.”
-- Henry Ward Beecher

“When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.”
-- Alexander Graham Bell

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
-- Milton Berle (1908-2002), (Milton Berlinger) U.S. comedian and actor

* "The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. "
-- Stephen Biko



Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
-- Josh Billings

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
-- Bill Blackman

* When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.
-- Bono

"Follow your dream...take one step at a time and don't settle for less, just continue to climb. Follow your dream...if you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal, press on to the top...For only on top can we see the whole view, can we see what we've done and what we can do, can we then have the vision to seek something new...Press on, and follow your dream."
-- Amanda Bradley

* "Take It From Me: Life's a Struggle but You Can Win"
-- Erin Brockovich


Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence."
-- Joyce Brothers (1928-) U.S. psychologist and talk show host "

Destiny is not a matter of chance but of choice. Not something to wish for but to attain.
-- William Jennings Bryan

One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life
-- Edward B. Butler

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
-- Sir T. F. Buxton

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
-- Thomas Foxwell Buxton

* “Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”
~ Andrew Carnegie

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

“Aim for the highest.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

“Whatever I engage in, I must push inordinately.”
~ Andrew Carnegie

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.
~ Andrew Carnegie

Concentration is my motto - first honesty, then industry, then concentration.
~ Andrew Carnegie

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”
Thomas Carlyle

"Endurance is patience concentrated."
-- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
-- Dale Carnegie

A man of sense is never discouraged by difficulties; he redoubles his industry and his diligence, he perseveres, and infallibly prevails at last.
-- Lord Chesterfield

Never, never, never, never give up.
-- Winston Churchill

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
-- Winston Churchill

* "Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the harder the battle you see
It's the sweeter the victory"
-- Jimmy Cliff

* "The only failure
is not to try."
-- George Clooney

All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it.
-- Robert Collier

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

Our greatest joy is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
-- Confucius (551-479 BC), (K'ung Fu-tse) Chinese philosopher "

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
-- Calvin Coolidge

The way I see it, there are two kinds of dreams. One is a dream that's always going to be just that..... A dream. A vision that you can never really hold in your hand. Then there's a dream that's more than a dream its like.... A map. A map that you live by and follow for the rest of your days Knowing that someday your going to stand on top of that Mountain holding everything you thought of Right There In Your Hand!
-- Robert Cooper

" Dream your dream. Follow your heart. Imagine. Listen to the wind. Drink sunsets. Be free. Let the wonder never cease. Believe. Wish on EVERY star. Create adventure. Be Kind."
-- Debbie Coulter

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
-- Steven Covey

Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!
-- Hector Crawford

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
-- Marie Curie


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