Inspirational Quotes About Perseverance
"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, Co-Founder of Amway
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 Lucille Ball, Abraham Lincoln, and Elizabeth Warren. All of these people persisted, some, like Elizabeth Warren are still persisting.
"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
"To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path and not be afraid of the darkness, for that is when stars shine the brightest."— bingcheese.com
"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, French-Polish Physicist
The Opposite of Perseverance
“Love never fails. Character never quits. And with patience and persistence, dreams do come true”— Pete Maravich, Author
A Song on Perseverance-"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."— Lucille Ball
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 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."
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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, Founder Forbes Magazine
“I don't stop when I am tired, I stop when I am done”— James Bond
Abraham Lincoln-A Man of Persistence
Lost Election for State Legislator
Failed in Business
Defeated for Illinois State Speaker
Failed to Obtain Party's Nomination
Rejected for Federal Land Officer in Illinois
Defeated for U. S. Senate
Defeated for Vice President
Defeated for U.S. Senate
Abraham Lincoln went through an enormous amount of pain during his life. The pain did not start in 1832, it started much earlier. In 1816, when he was 7, his family moved from familiar Kentucky to unfamiliar Indiana. Indiana was less settled than Kentucky. Making the new farm required hard work and tenacity.
In 1818, Abe's mother died. The abrupt and unexpected death of his mother must have been a crushing blow to Abraham. For a family starting off in a new land, the loss of an experienced woman left an enormous hole. His 11 year old sister, Sarah, was expected to do all the tasks her mother had done.
Abraham's father remarried in 1819. It is said that Abe loved his new mother and they became very close. She encouraged Abraham to read which led to a new love in Abe's life. He would walk for miles to borrow a book. Others did not understand the love and would call him lazy because he preferred reading over hard labor.
In 1830 the family moved to Macon County, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln was 22 but still went with them. He was growing more distant to his father every year. Most likely because his father was illiterate and did not understand Abe's love of books.
Abraham left the family and moved around some. He eventually ended up in New Salem, Illinois. Here he met Ann Rutledge. Some stories say they became engaged, some stories say their relationship never got that far. All stories seem to agree that her death in 1835 devastated Abe.
Abraham Lincoln went through all the setbacks listed on the table above. Through all of it he never gave up. He was a man of strong beliefs, willing to fight for them. Reading books and observing at the courts, he managed to pass the bar exam and become a lawyer. It was during his time practicing law that he became known as "Honest Abe".
All his hard work and determination saw him elected President of the United States of America in 1860. In 1864 he was re-elected for a second term. Abraham Lincoln never gave up. Though there was a great deal of disappointment in his life, he persisted and found satisfaction.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”— Abraham Lincoln
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston S. Churchill
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do."— Jackson Browne, Singer-Songwriter
"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, Social Reformer
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."— Albert Einstein
"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, Novelist
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