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How To Keep On Keeping On: Inspiring Quotes

Updated on October 25, 2014

Inspiring quotes from successful people

Life is a constant struggle. A fight for what's best. A test of our will and our ability to push forward past adversity.

Artist Chuck Close once opined:

"Every great idea I ever had came out of work itself." A certain gritty perseverance is needed to get to your goals.

The unconventional road can be daunting and more likely than not, full of risks and naysayers. Chuck Close also once said, "It doesn't upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians."

If you feel like you're the underdog, then you have to learn to find confidence in your rebellion. If you can't seem to get anything right in your life lately, then that's when you need to examine your mistakes, go for a walk, then resolve whatever your missteps were in your own mind. Find some peace in the fact that the world will reward you if you don't give up.

Humanitarian Marva Collins said:

"Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail."

You can reach your goals, you can be the person you need to be. Search within your heart, find the spring in your spirit that drives you and drink from it. Don't let others put you down directly and damage your confidence. Don't listen to others negativity even if it's not directed at you. You are in charge. You can make the difference in your own life and the lives of those around you. Here are some more inspiring quotes...


If The World Around You Seems To Be Crumbling, That's When You Have To Try Even Harder

A couple more inspiring quotes...

Poet Robert Frost said:

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."

Whatever tragedy you may be holding onto, whatever rough experience may have stolen your heart from you, find a way to let it go. The sun will still rise tomorrow, the stars will be there again in a few nights. Some events may have transpired that seem to have derailed your dreams, but those are only sour illusions.

Perhaps Helen Keller said it best:

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

Maybe the reasons why you haven't found your success in your endeavors isn't because you haven't tried hard enough. Maybe it's because your goal isn't true enough. Think about these inspiring quotes then aim twice at what you need from your life, when you can see it is the best goal, dig deep into your heart and you will find you can do whatever it takes to make it happen.

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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thank you bonnebartron, raakachi, Prizma1982 and Londonlady. I have to go back to this article myself somedays for a reminder on how or why to stay strong and positive.

      Best,

      Ben

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thank you Patty for your warm acknowledgement, other people's viewpoints have guided me to lots of solace.

      Ben

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      Laura Writes 

      6 years ago

      What a good one by Frost and Keller Voted up! :)

    • Prizma1982 profile image

      Prizma1982 

      6 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia

      hub that is very inspiring, life is beautiful, ;)

    • raakachi profile image

      raakachi 

      6 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      The quotes are like the water source, when one who is in the desert of distress. Thanks for the boost.

    • bonnebartron profile image

      bonnebartron 

      6 years ago from never one place for too long

      Thank you for this, I love that we all feel like it was meant for us! :) Voting up, lovely!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      "...thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail." --

      That's so true that it's 3-dimensional and I can grab hold of it. I hope some others will as well. Up and Awesome.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Glad I (we) could help some Toyshika, I'm having that kind of day today too.

      Right back at you :o)

      Ben

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      Toyshika Epps 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, on a day like this I needed to be reminded. xoxoxox

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thank you kindly Louise, I hope you spend much of your life in that place of solace from within. I try going back there often!

      Ben

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      Louise 

      7 years ago

      So many enlightened views, thank you for sharing.

      I am sure we all at times, feel like the underdog, I know I do. Rising from this is the hardest, and most rewarding part and most important. To find true value and worth within, I believe this is where we need to find our quiet. Perhaps this is a place or some solace from within.

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      eventsyoudesign 

      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I agree with Helen Keller, it is not about self-gratification, but a worthy cause. If at first you don't succeed try try again. I believe that no matter how hard things get you have to keep a positive attitude and keep on going. Its kinda like the lottery. If you do not buy tickets you cannot win! If you do not try you cannot succeed. I also agree with sunforged. It is all about the happiness baby! Good article.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I've read and enjoyed his, "Advice for Christians and Buddhists" but lent it to my Roman Catholic Mother and she threw it away, lol! I'll look for the bio SF thanks again man!

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      sunforged 

      7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      no problem - I bet you would like his autobiography

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      *aha!!!*

      Thanks man.

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      sunforged 

      7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      hhtdl = his holiness the dalai lama

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Wow, it's taken me a long to comment back Sunforged! Sorry I missed this one. Anyway, great quote:

      "I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace. "

      -hhtdl

      who is hhtdl? Sounds familiar...

      Ben

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      nms: Eureka! It works, inspired again!

      Ben

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      nms 

      8 years ago from Cochin

      Inspiring Quotes. I'm inspired!

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      sunforged 

      8 years ago from Sunforged.com

      one that works for me:

      "I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace. "

      -hhtdl

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      thanks celine wayne! I appreciate and need the blessings!

      Ben

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      celinewayne 

      8 years ago

      what an inspiring quote!

      thnx for compiling those to keep us keepin' on =)

      Have a blessed day!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Springboard, I agree and appreciate the props fellow Wisconsonite, viva Madison!

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      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      "Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail."

      This one is a profound one, and more folks nowadays aught to be made aware of it.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I'm glad you were inspired prasetio! I come back and read this article once and awhile too, for a bit of a lift!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      this is very inspiring me. Thanks for writing this article. I'll remember it for my life and for the future.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for adding more information about Marva Collins! Sounds like an article waiting to happen BKCreative!

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow! Marva Collins - she awed me all those years ago when she created her remarkable school. Thanks for including her. She proved that children can not only succeed but excel - even if they are just 4 years old!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I should add your quote about trying to my hub there Dolores. Try, try and try, try and try, you'll succeed at last. That's a quote from Toots and the Maytals,I think you'd like them Dolores.

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Sometimes, it's the actual trying that brings true joy. A wonderful uplifting hub expressing sentiments that are very important but easy to lose hold of.

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