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Inspirational Quotes About Perseverance

Updated on October 20, 2017
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I was a registered nurse for 25+ years. Working mainly in the operating room, I have been everything from staff nurse to DON

"If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying. "Here comes number seventy-one!"

— Richard M. Devos

What is Perseverance

Perseverance is never giving up. It is the will to go forward after failure. Getting back on that horse who threw you shows persistence. You just get up, brush your pants off and try again. There are so many cliches for perseverance. Here is another, going forward against all odds.

Perseverance is hard work mixed with patience. Having the grit and endurance to reach the end through all difficulties. It is having a dream and through dedication, diligence and determination reaching your goal.

Persistence does not imply an easy path. Nor does it mean smooth sailing. Perseverance is all about having the pluck and stamina to keep going.

When we think of persistence we think of people like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Warren and Lucille Ball. All of these people persisted, some, like Elizabeth Warren are still persisting.

"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

The Opposite of Perseverance

The opposite of perseverance is apathy and procrastination. People may say one is lazy because he/she is always giving up. He/she lay around and complain when circumstances become hard. And they quit before even trying.

The Opposite of Perseverance


A Song on Perseverance-"My Way" by Frank Sinatra

A Woman of Perseverance

The woman known as the "Queen of Comedy" was once considered a failure at performing. She attended the John Murray Anderson School of the Dramatic Arts in New York City as a young woman. She was sent home a few weeks after starting, a failure. Her teachers had told her that she was too shy and had no talent as a performer.

She returned to New York City and through persistence and perseverance finally obtained a job modeling. She became a moderately successful model for Hattie Carnegie who owned an internationally acclaimed dress salon. Life was good. Suddenly, a new roadblock was set in her way. The woman was incapacitated by rheumatoid arthritis.

She Overcame

She returned to her rural home where she fought to overcome the disease for three years. Finally, with her left leg a little shorter than her right, she again returned to New York to persue her acting career. Her persistence and perseverance paid off as she went from bit parts to starring roles.

She fell madly in love with one of her co-stars and they married. The strain of differing schedules and being apart drove this marriage to the brink of divorce. Love won and in an attempt to save their marriage the two created a TV show about a crazy redhead married to a Cuban musician.

CBS refused to produce the show claiming it would never succeed. The couple persevered and formed their own production company. "I Love Lucy" began it's successful six year run in October of 1951. It immediately became America's favorite TV show.

This woman, who is the embodiment of the word perseverance, was Lucille Ball. Widely loved as the cooky redhead, "Lucy" from the "I Love Lucy" show, she won the hearts of people around the world. Re-runs of "I Love Lucy" are shown in more than 80 countries in the world. Twenty years after her death she is still winning hearts!

Lucille Ball believed in perseverance over luck. She was not lazy or apathetic. She always had spunk, moxie and pluck. She lived her life with determination, drive and tenacity. Her success is more a product of her stamina and doggedness than simple luck.

Lucille Ball Quotes

  • "One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself."
  • "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
  • "Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."

Lucille Ball's Accomplishments

Lucille Ball was a hard working and dedicated professional. Through perseverance she became a legend and died a millionaire. Here are some of her accomplishments:

  • She was the first woman to own a production company.
  • She received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award posthumously in 1990.
  • She appeared on 39 TV Guide covers, more than any other person.
  • She was featured on a stamp by the United States Postal Service in 2001.
  • She was one of Time magazine's "100 Most Important People of the Century".
  • There is a museum dedicated to her in her hometown of Jamestown, NY.
  • She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Lucille Ball also received 4 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and in 1975 was voted Entertainer of the Year. She received many more awards and distinctions than are listed here.

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"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."

— B. C. Forbes

"Thankfully, perseverance is a great substitute for talent."

— Steve Martin

Abraham Lincoln-A Man of Persistence

Failed in Business
Lost Election for Legislator
Failed in Business
Sweetheart Died
Nervous Breakdown
Lost Second Political Race
Defeated for Congress
Defeated for Congress
Defeated for Congress
Defeated for U. S. Senate
Defeated for Vice President
Defeated for U.S. Senate
Elected President

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

— Abraham Lincoln

"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground."

— Unknown

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't."

— Henry Ward Beecher

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places."

— Unknown

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.” --Ayn Rand


© 2009 Kari Poulsen


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      Kari Poulsen 2 days ago from Ohio

      Thank you very much Ruby. I would love if you share it. :)

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      ruby alex 2 days ago

      very Good i read this i like it i will shre with frriends keep it up


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      Janai 2 years ago

      I came, I read this article, I coerueqnd.

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      Kari Poulsen 2 years ago from Ohio

      Belief is one of the few things we actually own. Thannks :)

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      Kari Poulsen 2 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you so much.

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      iCanBootCamp 5 years ago

      The word CANT is not allowed to be used while training. I have a woman that today cannot run, but told me that one day she will run with me. The fact that she believes she will, will allow her to one day say "iCan Run"

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      naturalsolutions 6 years ago

      If you cant find them, make them!! that word really change my beliefs, it is not just for circumstances but for a lot of things. I really admire you, I have to post it somewhere. This is the perfect thoughts hub.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      I honestly enjoyed reading this interesting article because it means that someone out there also see thing the from my own perceptive too and it makes me feel OK.I agree with you that determination is the key way to success and we all must try as much as we can to always preserver to some extent nor matter how little whether you are hot tempered or not.

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      Sujesh Cherotta 7 years ago

      Great work. thanks a ton for this..

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      jessi 7 years ago

      Thank u

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      Zahra  7 years ago

      Thank you so much , great work

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      Midtown Girl 7 years ago from Right where I want to be!

      Nicely defined! Thank you!

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Timothy, Einstein always seems to make so much sense to me. I like the way you extrapolate on his quote. You are so right.

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      Timothy Donnelly 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      k@ri, Thanks for putting together this Hub on perseverance, it truly has an encouraging effect!

      I like best the quote from Einstein, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving!” Moreover, it is interesting to note that Einstein knew the difference between perseverance (as in disciplined determination) and insanity. After all, he wrote the wise adage that defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result”. In his quote about RIDING a bicycle, it is interesting to extrapolate that a bicycle rider actually covers ground, and by virtue of this, does not cycle on the exact same inch over and over, but is able to DIRECT his course (and life), by perseverance, because of the balance and stability that the steady linear motion provides. This freedom allows the navigator to get gain - exactly what a logical and disciplined perseverance awards. Therefore, not only is the journey a satisfying EXERCISE of one’s freedom, but the destination is also a righteous and justifiably gratifying accomplishment. Perhaps as a caveat, the insanity quote could be juxtaposed with the bicycle quote. Nevertheless, this is a great motivational Hub; thank you for that.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Hugs to you too, skye2day! Thanks for visiting. We spend so much of our lives's either that or give up and hope doesn't leave us that easy.

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      skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      k@ri Hello sweetness. This is a Bravo hub. Persevere. I Love it. Thank you for sharing. The Pictures and research made your writing flow. I know the Lord shines his face on you kari. You share the truth. Glory to GOd. Your writing has grown in leaps and bounds. It is very beautiful. Come by and visit. I have not seen you in a while. I have some new hubs. Hugs my sister. + + +

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks wavegirl22! I'm very glad you like it. :D

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      Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

      I love quotes and I love the way you laid this out. . all the angles that you came at it with is just superb! It is for sure being bookmarked into a favorite of mine because I know I will be back.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Jewels, I'm glad you liked this. I also continue to is one of the traits that define me. :D

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      Jewels 8 years ago from Australia

      Great topic. I have persistently persevered and will continue to do so! Thanks K@ri.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      wavegirl22, I am very glad you enjoyed it! I come back from time to time when I need a lift. :D

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      This was one of the most enjoyable, uplifting, beautiful hubs I have read. Thank you so much for sharing this ;)

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      jill, Thanks so much! I am a true believer in perseverance! :D

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      This is so inspiring k@ri! Thank you for sharing!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      JPSO, I'm glad you liked it and thanks for the kind words on the presentation! :D

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Very inspirational indeed. Its amazing how you come up with such excellent presentation.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Beth, I'm glad you liked them! Thanks :D

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Fantastic inspirations! Thank you!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Haunty, I couldn't agree more, and it is so difficult to remain focused on our goals. That is why I wrote this remind myself! :D

      ripplemaker, Thanks! You always find new ways to make my day! :))

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi k@ri, I'm really glad I stumbled on this hub while making my hubs of quotes too.  Now I  have added this to my largest collection of quotes on hubpages:

      Perseverance is one of the keys to success! :)

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      I honestly think that perseverance is the single most important trait to have if you want to achieve something in life. Why I'm saying this? Because this is the trait I've had most problems with in the past. The very reason why I took hubchallenge is to gain perseverance. This hub is wonderful. Thanks for writing it.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for visiting, gorgeous onee, I'm glad you liked it!

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      gorgeous onee. 8 years ago

      i really like this site.

      thank you