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Quotations for Motivation #4 --- Determination

Updated on October 3, 2015

Quotations on Determination

What we call destiny often is only a matter of determination.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., May 5, 1907.

Leaders are ordinary persons with extraordinary determination.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 14, 1920.

Success is not something you can buy in tin cans or in can'ts, but you can achieve it in the mental cans of a determined will.

—C.C. Young, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., March 5, 1914.

One of the most powerful elements in every success is the determination to succeed.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va., March 4, 1892.

Difficulties only increase determination.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Pauls Valley Sentinel, Pauls Valley, Okla., July 21, 1904.

Determination fattens on difficulties.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 12, 1918.

One determined soul says he's giving up giving up.

---Fletcher Knebel, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, March 18, 1963.

Determination is one of the powers which make men go. It is a thing men admire. The “I will” man is most likely to be first there in the affairs of men, and the one possessed of such a spirit many times sees others stand back and watch him do his stunt. It is a spirit which is born of a real desire to accomplish. Others know that the possessor of the spirit means business.

---Charles R. Lowe, Dakota County Herald, Dakota City, Neb., Aug. 10, 1916.

Powell Buxton says, “The longer I live, the more deeply I am convinced that which makes the difference between one man and another—between the weak and the powerful, the great and the insignificant—is energy, invincible determination, a purpose once formed and then death or victory.” There is much truth to this statement. The best things of life cannot be had for a song. The best comes by real effort. The man who has the will to win has already won the game in a real sense. We must face life with a great will—invincible determination. The hills may be high, the going may be tough, the goal may seem impossible to reach, yet if we make up our minds to achieve victory, and let nothing stop us, we shall go far in life.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., July 23, 1948.

When you step out upon the great arena of life, let there come upon your mind a lofty determination, and upon your heart an inspiration, that your life shall be one of usefulness, and that your mind shall be brightened by reading and studying the great thoughts of the noble and pure of the earth, that your intellect may shine and sparkle like a precious jewel. There must be no backward step in this direction. If you would succeed your mind must be well equipped for the battle.

—O.L. Lockett, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Aug. 2, 1894.

The law of labor which ministers to prosperity and happiness in this world comes from a determination. This is essential to progress not only material but mental. Determination is necessary absolutely to progress, and is carried out in a marked degree through one’s sense of duty. A man will never grow unless he wants to grow. He must have aspirations and look ahead.

---J.T. French, El Paso Daily Herald, El Paso, Texas, March 29, 1897.

There is no mistaking the fact that a reputation for thoroughness gives power. It indicates a good brain and inspires confidence. It indicates honesty, for all slipshod work is dishonesty, and is fatal to advancement.

Think of the tens of thousands of people who have been crippled for life or have not met premature death because of somebody’s carelessness, because somebody did not put honesty and manhood into his work! What fortunes are lost every year because of the wicked blunders, the carelessness and indifference of employees!

If everybody would put his conscience into his service, civilization would be revolutionized in a single year.

Do you realize, my complaining friend, what it means to achieve anything of note in this world, to pay the price for success? How hard have you tried to succeed? Have you ever set your face toward prosperity and success with clenched fist, set teeth, and a firm determination never to turn back, no matter what opposed you, not to be dedicated to the right or left of your purpose? If not, you must not complain at your small measure of success.

It is the aggressive man, the determined pusher, the man with nerve and grit, who seizes the prize for which you are waiting. Fortune never comes to you. You must meet her halfway. She will never move until you do. You must be the aggressor. You cannot succeed without persistent determination, continuous effort.

You can never accomplish anything by taking hold of an opportunity with the tips of your fingers. You must take off your coat, roll up your sleeves, and fling your life power into your aim.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., September 1905.

Those succeed best who attempt their most difficult tasks with determination.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 23, 1929.

Honor does not require unusual brains but unusual determination.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 23, 1930.

Dogged determination has much to do with making one a howling success.

---Carey Williams, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., May 15, 1933.

Success is determined by determination.

---Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Aug. 7, 1931.

Fortune is only another name for faith and determination.

‑‑‑Rocky Mountain Herald, Denver, Colo., Feb. 29, 1868.

Never mind pasting your determinations in your hat. Spike them in your head so that they will get into your circulation.

‑‑‑Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, N.M., April 16, 1915.

Determination is the shortest distance between a graduate and a job.

---Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 11, 1940.

Determination is the battery that commands every road of life. It is the armor against which the missiles of adversity rattle harmlessly. Determination has the properties of a powerful acid; all shackles melt before it. Conversely, lack of will power is the readiest weapon in the arsenal of failure. The most hopeless proposition in the world is the fellow who thinks that success is a door through which he will sometime stumble if he roams around long enough. Some men seem to expect ravens to feed them, the cruse of oil to remain inexhaustible, the fish to come right up over the side of the boat at mealtime. They believe that life is a series of miracles. They load about and trust in their lucky star, and boldly declare that the world owes them a living. As a matter of fact, the world owes a man nothing that he does not earn. In this life a man gets about what he is worth, and he must render an equivalent for what is given him. There is no such thing as inactive success.

—Russell H. Conwell, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, April 1916.

Determination means to never feel quite content with what we have accomplished because of a positive, purposeful, creative and energetic desire to reach a higher goal, to continue to make use of all our good qualities.

—Clifton I. Johnson, Messenger of Glory, Sutton Coldfield, England, Jan. 3, 1972.

There are times in the lives and most people when the only thing they have to justify their hope of success is their determination not to settle for anything less than victory.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Aug. 22, 1956.

One of the chief characteristics of the born winner is his determination never to give up when beaten, but to redeem his defeats and turn them into new triumphs. A defeat means nothing to such a man except an opportunity for a new conquest, a new victory.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Sept. 28, 1917.

Determination is the bedrock upon which the power of application rests. As the runner runs better each succeeding day, so does greater efficiency come through constant effort. It is not the "Lick and a promise" stroke, but the full power behind each swing of the sledge hammer, that breaks the mighty stone, or brings form out of the unshapen iron. Those who think most of their work and least of themselves advance most. Avoid self-consciousness. Forget yourself in favor of the task you have in hand. Concentrate your thought and give your very best efforts to accomplish better things. Strive to increase your productivity, in quality no matter what your sphere of life may be; that is the only hope for your success. Make a steppingstone of your stumbling blocks. Be benefitted by your failures. Each obstacle you overcome makes the next one easier to overcome. If you will scan the history of the world you will find that great things have been done in spite of obstacles.

—J. Miller Cook, Citizens Appeal, Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 7, 1929.

Determination is a persistence in carrying out your plans. ... Visualize your objectives. Get them into clear focus. Reflect over your incentives--the reasons why you want your objective to become a reality. Then determine that you will permit nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop you from reaching your objective.

—Dwayne N. Andersen, Success Messenger, Tokyo, Japan, March 1963.

Determination is the keystone of life because it disciplines our lives to the rigid schedule required to have success. Determination is the dynamic motivator that keeps us persistently working toward our goals.

—Hyrum C. Blackburn, His Marvelous Work, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1971.

Determination is the ability to take a strong grip and to fight things through to a conclusion. This is necessary if one is to have a sense of accomplishment.

—Joseph E. Massey, Pathfinder, Bellevue, Wash., April 1969.

To me, rededication and determination are synonymous. When you rededicate yourself, you redouble your efforts. When you determine yourself to reach a set goal you will automatically double your work. Determination encompasses desire, courage, conviction, enthusiasm and action.

—Alan Beatty, Scotland Stibble Rig, Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 19, 1970.

Determination is that little something that makes champions out of those who, regardless of the hopelessness of the situation, just won't quit.

—Cal Farley, Boys Ranch Roundup, Amarillo, Texas, November 1954.

The value of determination or desire to conquer the task that lies before us is a priceless possession. To raise ourselves to this state of excelling in our tasks comes from the ability to discipline and project our everyday lives. Making decisions without the determination to act upon our desires and decisions is an unprofitable effort. Therefore, it is often a fine line between success and failure in the things we endeavor to do, and more so, this fine line is the lack of determination or may be called a lack of personal integrity to accomplish things we set out to do.

—Sidney Purser, Westate, Denver, Colo., October 1964.

It is the determination to succeed in spite of the lack of advantages that is at the root and base of every true success, and it is because of this fact that opportunity knocks at the door of every man.

—Harlan Read, Morgan Messenger, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Nov. 21, 1912.

Of all the habits and principles which make for success in a man, the most useful is the determination to do, and to do right, all those things which come his way each day, whether they are agreeable or disagreeable; and the ability to do this is best acquired through long practice in doggedly doing, along with that which is agreeable, a lot of things which are tiresome and monotonous, going out of your way, if necessary, to find them.

—Frederick W. Taylor, American Magazine, Springfield, Ohio, April 1918.

Determination is the lubricating oil of every existence. Without it people seldom get anywhere. With it they get any place they desire to go, do anything they will to do. Naturally will power has a great deal to do with determination, for it plays the paramount part. There are obstacles in every person's life that appear in various and sundry forms. Some of these are not easy to get around and it takes a great deal of ingenuity, stick-to-it-iveness, patience and everything else of which the human being is capable of exercising to overcome them, but if a person hangs on long enough and is endowed with sufficient stickability, he will win out in spite of whatever hangs in the balance.

—Lillian Carlisle West, Panama City Pilot, Panama City, Fla., Feb. 7, 1935.

Determination makes a resolution, but insistence enables one to keep it.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1923.

Most of the failures in life were never planned really otherwise. Ask of the men who are going down day by day in the struggle if they have a program for life clearly defined and they will have to tell you "No." It is the "catch as you can" kind of men who are failing. Ask of the men who are going up, and they can probably tell you of an unalterable resolve to follow a definite determination and to follow it to the end. The successful man becomes a conspirator against failure.

—John E. White, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 25, 1901.

Determination is the lever of the greatest machine of life.

—George G. Williams, Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, Pa., July 22, 1899.

Skill and genius have done much, but giant determination and exhaustless patience have achieved more. What is there that a firm faith, a high resolution cannot accomplish? Before it mountains have moved into the sea, and obstacles that lifted their threatening shaggy cliffs and frowned bitter defiance, have been overcome and even turned into instruments of success. Men do not succeed because their heart is not in the work. Give me the man who is possessed by his work, dreams about it by night and works with all of his might by day and I will insure him success.

—Robert Virgil Atkisson, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 29, 1895.

Energy of will is the soul of every great character. Where it is, there is life; where it is not, there is faintness, helplessness and despondency. ... Resolute determination in the pursuit of worthy objects is one of the grandest traits of character. Energy enables a man to force his way through irksome drudgery and dry details, and carries him onward and upward to the throne in every station of life. It accomplishes more than genius, with not one half the disappointment and peril. It is not eminent talent that is required to insure success in any pursuit, so much as a purpose--not merely the power to achieve, but the will to labor energetically and perseveringly, to victory.

—Robert Carrol, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Jan. 20, 1913.

There is one sure line that separates the members of any group. That line is determination of some to seek tasks and work they can perform and others to seek powers to perform whatever duties confront them. The former will move along lines of ease, the other will determine to meet any requirement that the good of humanity demands. Power somehow has ever been found by the determination to meet and overcome the demands that an onward growth of the best demands. ... Life is growth and when we cease to grow we die. It is so with knowledge and applied skill. Life is growth and growth is only another word for education.

—John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 24, 1948.

If it takes years of concentrated effort to become a good golfer; if it takes hours of practice to become a first rate musician or artist, is it not reasonable to assume that it would take an equal amount of effort and an equal amount of determination to take the substance of life and fashion something significant out of it? In dealing with many people I am coming to the conclusion that what is needed more than anything else is dogged determination, concentrated effort. ... Don't treat your life in a halfhearted, lackadaisical sort of way. No prize can be won like that. Run it as if you're going to win it. ... The great virtue–persistence to carry us through. There is no worthy talent developed; no significant prize won without that. Sometimes it is tremendously difficult to maintain our faith and for a period we may lose it. ... Those who have conquered the heights have persisted in the valleys. We can be sure about that. They have known failure but have stayed to win. They have felt despair but persisted on to the illumination of an abiding faith.

—Paul J. Wagner, Tampa Sunday Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 9, 1955.

Better at the bottom determined to get to the top, than half way up doubting the worthwhileness of climbing the rest of the way.

Utah Farmer, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 25, 1936.


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    kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

    Brilliant.I need to print this!

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    aslanlight 6 years ago from England

    Excellent hub! I enjoyed reading that and it's substantiated what I knew about myself, that I'm a very determined person. I have mountains to climb so thanks for the encouragement!