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Attitude and Belief

Taking Action and
Getting Things Done

Inspiration and Vision

Courage, Fear, and Confidence

The Art of Thinking and
The Power of Thoughts

Conformity, Originality,
and Going Against the Crowd

Innovation, Creativity,
and Imagination


Planning, Setting Goals,
and Making Decisions

The Value of Hard Work


Talent, Skills, and Character

Knowledge and Experience


Marketing, Advertising,
and Making Sales

Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work

Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

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

It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again.
Vince Lombardi
Football coach

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Benjamin Disraeli
British prime minister and writer

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather
Author and publisher

When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.
Estée Lauder
Founder, Estée Lauder Companies

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
Richard Bach

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
Ted Williams
Baseball player

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.
Marva Collins

I’ve found that often, just when you think you’ve hit the wall, you experience a breakthrough that takes you to new heights of accomplishment.
Stedman Graham
Business executive

It is the follow through that makes the great difference between ultimate success and failure, because it is so easy to stop.
Charles Kettering
Engineer and inventor

Success never rests. On your worst days, be good. On your best days, be great. And on every other day, get better.
Carmen Mariano
Educator and writer

Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Brian Dyson
Business executive


Nothing will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person 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
30th U.S. president


Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.
Tom Landry
Professional football player and coach

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.
Sir Francis Bacon
Statesman, philosopher, and essayist

Ninety percent of genius is habit.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi
Founder of Franciscan order

Success generally depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
Lawyer and political philosopher

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Napoleon Hill

You are never a loser until you quit trying.
Mike Ditka
Professional football player and coach

We will either find a way, or make one.
Carthaginian general

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
Franz Kafka

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese Proverb

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
Steven Wright

Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Poet, critic, essayist, lexicographer

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
Thomas Edison

Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
Charles Kettering
Engineer and inventor

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
Herbert Kaufman

When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through.
F. W. Nichol

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas Edison

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
Albert Einstein

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.
Babe Ruth
Baseball player

It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.
Robert Strauss

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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