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Quotations for Motivation #40 --- Determination
Quotations on Determinaton (Set No. 2)
Quiet determination is one of the great factors of power. The person who is quietly determined to accomplish a certain result is a person to reckon with. The person who is excited and hysterical, who flies into passions and vehemently asserts this and asserts that, may be impressive; he may even be alarming; but actually he is not as formidable as the one who is quietly determined, for such a one is more than likely to get what he goes after. The greatest deeds have been accomplished by those who have been quietly determined; for not only do such persons keep their eyes on the main chance, but they do not waste their time or their vitality in useless explosions; they conserve themselves and focus their energies where they will do the most good. But the person who would employ quiet determination through not naturally constituted that way, will have to put in much work acquiring the habit of quiet determination—a habit to most persons. One should not confuse quiet determination with obstinacy. There is just as much difference between the two as between the spirit of a mule and the spirit of Abraham Lincoln.
---Wickes Wamboldt, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 8, 1937.
The present must be sacrificed to the future to win. You need not seek a royal road to great things; there is none. All future success must be based on present sacrifice. The man who will do the great things of the future is now somewhere training. There is no royal road to big things. Genius cannot be depended on. Men who have ideas without determination and without concentration fail. There is no place for the man with a hundred ideas. He must go after one thing and go with his whole heart and soul and everything in him.
‑‑‑Byron Holley, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Oct. 17, 1910.
How would you like to win a great battle? It is the battle to make good in life. Whether you are on the way up, just beginning, or at the top, the urge to do bigger, better, finer things should be constantly in mind. Keep this grand spirit going.
The way to victory is simple. Call more and more on your untapped talents and energies. They are boundless. The more you try, the more you will develop your real abilities and possibilities.
You can electrify your whole attitude, your entire destiny, by replacing doubt and hesitation with an eager, all-consuming determination to make good in everything.
A good try and a will to succeed do wonders. The famous Bishop Quayle was a poor boy once and was anxious to attend college. They tell this story about him. He went to the college town and having no money slept in a wood shed. The next morning he cut some wood to pay for his lodging and some extra hoping the man of the house would invite him into breakfast, which the good man did. At the breakfast table young Quayle told the man he was going to enter the college, but that he had no money. The good man wanted to know how on earth he could do that without money. Young Quayle said, “I’ll find a way. I am going to school. Nothing can stop me.” The good man was impressed at the boy’s eagerness and so he said, “Son, I like your spirit. I will give you a room here free, and some meals long. You see, I am the president of the college, and you are the kind of boy who will make good in life because you are willing to try.”
Believe in yourself and be willing to work hard and tomorrow will be a brighter day for you.
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Feb. 23, 1948.
One of the first elements in every success is to determine to succeed.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Western Kansas World, Wakeeney, Kan., July 1, 1893.
Determination finishes before Doubt starts.
---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., April 18, 1922.
Determination is one of the most valuable of all traits in the development of character. But the objective of this determination is what marks its value. A man may determine to do something sure to degrade him or to lead to vast unhappiness and harm to others, or he may determine upon a course that may lead him to nothing of permanent value.
---George Matthew Adams [Baptist], Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., March 4, 1943.
Self-determination is a much safer tonic when mixed with equal parts of self-control.
---Robert Quillen, Spartanburg Herald, Spartanburg, S.C., Sept. 16, 1922.
A determination to succeed is half the battle, but there's enough fighting in the last round to make up for what we didn't do in the first.
‑‑‑Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 2, 1915.
Determination and Perseverance walk hand in hand, down a road that leads to a town called Accomplishment. They are closely related and enjoy helping others to keep on the right track. They also are often seen rolling up their sleeves and lending a helping hand toward getting various jobs done. What great friends they are to have! Determination must be able to see a purpose--a basis or reason for perseverance.
—Tom Edwards, The Gospel Observer, Ashland, Ky., Sept, 18, 1994.
The true key to achievement lies not in any job, but in ourselves. In other words, no job has a future; only people do. An inner drive‑‑a determination to achieve‑‑is necessary. Leadership is not leadership at all unless it addresses itself to problems. The rewards of challenges are results.
‑‑‑Lorenzo N. Hoopes, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 1, 1978.
To be determined is to have faith; to be quietly determined is to accompany faith with humility. It must be faith under control, a self‑assurance that is self‑effacing.
‑‑‑William Mulder, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1944.
Being determined is all right if you are headed in the right direction, but if you are not, it makes the highway to destruction a steep downgrade.
‑‑‑Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 25, 1931.
You've got to get up every morning with determination, if you're going to go to bed every night with satisfaction.
‑‑‑Autumn Leaves, Independence, Mo., June 1927.
A dose of determination will kill most ills.
‑‑‑Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., July 22, 1939.
Determination moves a man forward‑‑stubbornness causes him to stand still.
-‑‑Hamilton County Herald, Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 3, 1956.
Any man who is determined to enjoy life whether he does or not is a true optimist.
‑‑‑Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Oct. 17, 1918.
Determination has a lot to do with your destination.
‑‑‑Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, April 14, 1928.
I have often reflected seriously upon the factors that make it possible for athletes to continuously improve upon the best efforts of their predecessors. I have come to the conclusion that there are two primary factors involved: (1) an attitude of determination, and (2) an attention to detail.
Some would say that the element of competition is paramount in record-setting performances--the overwhelming desire to do something better than anyone else can do it--the desire to win. There certainly is a motivation in competition to one who is endowed with a competitive spirit. It has been my observation, however, that a real champion is motivated more by his determination to improve upon his own performance that merely to exceed the efforts of his competitors. I have observed this in a runner who, having left the rest of the field so far behind in a race that they no longer are a threat to him, presses himself to the utmost in order to better his own previous best effort. I have felt that kind of motivation myself and know what a compelling force it can be.
No one ever develops into a real champion without determination. An attitude is required which causes one to know that he can do better, regardless of how excellent past performances may have been. Real champions are constantly seeking new ways to improve techniques and performance. It is a fascinating thing to watch a weight man in a track and field meet to prepare to make his effort. He gives total concentration to bringing himself to that psychological peak where for an instant he knows he can deliver a record effort. Any distraction causes him to begin the entire process again. There is a meticulous attention to detail. The exact placing of a forefinger. Perfect balance. The precise positioning of feet. A perfect distribution of weight. No detail is overlooked by a champion. Countless hours of practice and experimentation have taught him he can only deliver his best when everything is in order and all factors are working in his favor.
—Dean L. Larsen, El Animador, San Antonio, Texas, May 1969.
Man is absolutely what he thinks both at the conscious and subconscious levels. THOUGHTS ARE THINGS! You should guard your thoughts as you would guard your life! You are what you think.
The key or secret to success is to DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED. This determination leaves no room for indecision, vacillation, or procrastination.
Let's look at success. Webster says that it is the favorable termination of a venture. This would tend to make it a destination. I would rather think of success as a journey. Happiness does not come only upon reaching your destination, but happiness is found in the planning, preparing, and traveling to your destination. With this in mind we can now define success as constant movement forward and upward--that attitude where we know our futures are of our own making, and that we have the ability and inward urge to carry us from goal to goal.
Success is a journey, not a destination. Does this seem reasonable now? If it is a journey, then when can we start? WE CAN START RIGHT NOW. One first thinks in terms of success before he manifests success. In our thoughts we should know we are a success, not just wish for success. Wishing for success is negative, but knowing your are a success is what is called, "having a Success Consciousness." It is the state of mind where you see yourself as a success. The person possessing a success consciousness never has any doubt as to his ability to acquire the things he wants. Success and happiness will be determined by your personally developing a success consciousness.
This means developing a new mental habit pattern. You are what you are at this moment because of the mental pictures you have held of yourself during the past. What you will be in the future will depend upon the mental pictures you hold of yourself in your mind right now. Changing your mind means changing your habits. A habit is an attitude or inclination for some action, acquired by repetition. Let me point out a routine which will help you to quickly establish the pattern for new habits.
You must firmly fix in your mind the words I CAN by writing them often as well as regularly repeating them to yourself. Consciously instruct your subconscious by giving it positive mental pictures.
Make yourself happy. Unless a person is happy, he will not make much of a success of anything. Happiness is a state of mind. You can become happy the moment you decide to be happy. If your circumstances are not what you would want them to be--be happy in the anticipating of the change to come now that you are on the road to success. Be happy for the new attitudes you are gaining towards life, and for the fact that you are facing vistas of opportunities for accomplishment more thrilling than you have ever before anticipated. Happiness comes from building a life, not from merely satisfying dreams.
Remember that nothing stands still. Therefore you should see to it that you make some progress every day. Do not permit a night to pass without being able to review the day and see progress toward your goal.
—Dwayne N. Andersen, Success Messenger, Tokyo, Japan, February 1963.
Life or success in it, is not a spurt but a long pull and some mighty steep climbing at times. You cannot rush up hill very far without a stop to get breath; so you better go steady on the job. Some men fire in and do one day's work, lolling around other days. These are the men you hear bragging about how fast they can work. They rush in and use up all their wind; then rest a while and whoop things up again, thinking this is the way to show to the world that they are Jim Dandies, but all this is pure hypocrisy. They have mistaken INTENTION for DETERMINATION. Before long you will find that instead of doing what they intended to do, they have "petered out" by the way; and the reason is they had no real hard determination, with a dead, heavy pull all the time.
—C.C. Young, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., Dec. 24, 1914.
It's ability to get results that really count. In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results, and the strength of effort is the measure of the result. If you have accomplished little or nothing thus far in life, it is an acknowledgment of weak effort or misdirected energy. W. Hannah Thomas said, "He who thinks, speaks, and acts only according to purpose is a giant among scatter brains." No doubt, fifty percent of the human energy daily expended is wasted. To repeat in other words, were our energy directed according to purpose; were we automations in the hands of one great master mind, we could accomplish all that we do now and more too in one half the time.
It is only natural that each one of us should have hopes and aspirations in life. We expect to do things worthwhile in the future if the opportunity comes our way. However, we need not only a purpose, but that determination which will help us put that purpose across. True, some opportunities just happen, but many more of them are handmaids.
Living in the past is humanity's great weakness. To many men are depending on the fruition of a dead past for their success. They love to dwell on the history of their forefathers and impress others with the fact that they come from stock which is far above the average. They love to tell of the good old days that used to be. This gets us nowhere. We do not gather fruit from the roots of our family tree. The fruit must be borne by the branches. The world is willing to accept you at your own valuation, but you must deliver the goods or see yourself marked down and placed on the bargain counter. Believe in yourself. Then throw away your crutches and go after results. "I can't" never did anything. "I'll try" has done some wonders. "I will" has worked miracles.
—C.B. Hartshorn, Autumn Leaves, Independence, Mo., July 1923.
I have always noticed that the ambition constantly to better one's best, to do a little better today than yesterday, to do every job one undertakes better than he has ever done it before, is always an indication of the climber. It indicates the getting on and the getting up quality. The ambition to climb, coupled with a determination to do one's best, is the secret of advancement. No one ever made his life a masterpiece by a luck stroke or leaps and bounds. Human masterpieces are not built that way. Steady, persistent growth, the everlasting bettering of one's best, is the great secret.
—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Sept. 8, 1917.
All along the path of life we see men and women who have almost won out, who have almost been successes, who have worked hard for many years, but who, like spent bullets which did not have sufficient projectile power behind them to send them to their target, have fallen down just this side of their goal, right in sight of their laurels.
I know a number of men now well along in years who have made scores of splendid starts, but not one good finish. Every time they change about they are surer than ever that they have now hit the right track, that they have at least found their pace and are going to cross the goal line in great shape. However, they do not cross it, but, soon tiring, throw away invaluable experience and seek still other fields. They always seem to be working on the foundations of trades or occupations, without ever getting far enough ahead to enjoy, without getting the satisfaction of facility or of remuneration.
People fail more from lack of staying power than from almost anything else. They are willing to expend any amount of energy in scheming, in cunning devices or short cuts and abridged methods, but years of tedious, laborious endeavor and of sacrifice seem to be too much for them.
Nearly every successful person has felt, during years of struggle and endeavor, that he was accomplishing very little and that life might still be a failure. Those, however, who have achieved good results kept on trying, no matter how dark the night or how great the obstacles.
There is no genius like that of holding on and making continued effort under difficulties.
It is the determination to do one's full share of the world's work and the willingness to struggle for advancement, the pushing out, the struggling on, the striving upward, that make the sort of man and the sort of woman the whole world is clamoring for now as ever before. ...
You must concentrate your energy so that it will have the projectile force that will carry to your goal, not halfway, or just this side of it.
—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., May 7, 1920.
It takes pluck, nerve, grit and a prodigious amount of energy and hard work to realize an ambition. Most people look longingly to the top of the ladder, but have not the energy or the determination to do the climbing. If somebody else would only do it for them! If somebody would only help them up, give them a boost, they would do some of the work; but they would like to have the disagreeable part, the strenuous part, the part that means real labor, done by somebody else!
—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 20, 1920.
Many people confuse determination with courage whereas the two are not the same thing. I have known many courageous men who lacked the quality of determination. Likewise I have known timid men who made up their lack with an iron determination. The determined man goes ahead regardless of what may oppose him. It is not always a question of courage. Determination can and does force forward action when fear may be present.
Courage may enable a man to start out. But there will come a time when simple courage will not fulfill the requirements. There comes a time, usually, when it is not a question of courage but of will to go on. Courage has nothing to do with failing interest or a growing conviction that efforts are futile. It is at such a time that the quality of determination comes into play.
—David Allen, Specialty Salesman Magazine, Atlanta, Ga., December 1931.
Each of us has certain talents and abilities. Whether we make the most of what we have or whether we sit back and let the other fellow climb to success depends upon ourselves. All of us can be successful in our own way if we have the determination and persistence to play the game for all its worth. Some of us think we are determined when, in reality, we have nothing more than we wish or desire to succeed. We are unwilling to make the sacrifices that success demands, unwilling to pay such a price in toil and labor. Some of us have the determination and persistence, but we don't know how to apply or control it. We don't fully understand our real capabilities.
—Ruth Fowler Brown, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 1, 1934.
When men or women are very successful in their professions, we say they are talented. But what is talent? Talent is simply a liking for a certain kind of work, plus the traits necessary for success in that work, and plus the education and training needed for one to fit smoothly into that work. When the combination is complete we invariably have outstanding success.
—Ruth Fowler Brown, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 3, 1934.
You can't keep a determined man from success. Place stumbling blocks in his way and he takes them for stepping stones and on them will climb to success. Take away his money and he makes spurs of his poverty to urge him on. Cripple him and he writes the Waverly novels. Lock him in the dungeon, and he writes the immortal Pilgrim's Progress. Put him in a cradle in a log cabin in the wilderness of America, and in a few years you will find him at the capitol.
—Adolph Dreyer, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., July 8, 1900.
With determination, the seemingly insurmountable can be gained. Every achievement worthwhile has come from the will to do. The men and women of unconquerable spirit have led humanity to great heights.
—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Oct. 12, 1926.
One who loves his work puts into it his self-inspired energy and produces to the peak of his ability. A dissatisfied worker is a hindrance to himself and his employer.
—E.L. Gladney, Jr., Monroe Morning World, Monroe, La., June 1, 1946.
Determination rightly directed results in untold blessings to him who exercises it and to those who share its benefits; but if wrongly directed, it is destructive to others.
—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 30, 1917.
Determination is a state of decision, a fixing of the position and character, a definite conclusion, and a fixed resolution.
—Frances Moore, Wesleyan Young People's Journal, Syracuse, N.Y., May 1937.
Success is 99 percent determination.
—Bert Moses, Lake Charles American-Press, Lake Charles, La., Feb. 16, 1922.
Determination consists of selling your own self; the doing of a thing, and sticking until you get it done.
—Earl Riney, Church Management, Cleveland, Ohio, August 1956.
Planning is evidence of intentions, expectation, and determination.
—Horace A. Christiansen, Westate, Denver, Colo., January 1963.
Start the day with the determination that you will do nothing which you will not approve in the evening.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., May 12, 1948.
You can't do much to stop the man who is determined to make opportunities out of misfortunes.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., March 13, 1931.
Nothing is too difficult for the man who is determined to succeed.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Sept. 1, 1941.
He is wise who learns the difference between stubbornness and determination.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 11, 1942.
Patience plus active determination often equals faith in its power to accomplish miracles. It's amazing how "time" will work for you if you keep your goal always in mind.
—Paul A. Wellington, Stride, Independence, Mo., March 1957.
The only good luck most great men have had is the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
—Clarin D. Ashby, Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, June 19, 1975.
What nation is most likely to succeed in a difficult enterprise? Determination.
—Youth's Companion, Boston, Mass., Sept. 15, 1864.
That "faint heart ne'er won fair lady" we have heard all of our lives, and I am very sure that faint heart never won anything else, for the person who hasn't the strength of character and courage of soul to overcome life's difficulties isn't likely to ever win anything that is worth thinking about.
In our own little corner of the world we will find if we seriously study the men and women who have achieved any degree of that thing we call success that they have accomplished what they have done in spite of the obstacles that beset their path--for never yet has fate sent the feet of anyone of us down a way entirely rose-bordered and carefree.
If we are looking for impediments we are going to find them, and if we are going to grow faint hearted and afraid at the first little difficulty that presents itself then we are going to accomplish absolutely nothing, and very soon in our weakness our imagination will be running riot and we'll be fancying all sorts of difficulties and obstacles that ultimately will block the way to creditable achievement of any sort.
Some of us will go on and one no matter how many obstacles we may meet, managing in some way to overcome each and every one of them, while others of us will weaken at the very first wee bit of a failure and lose all courage to go on, the obstacles seeming too mountainous to overcome, yet they are no larger for one of us than for another.
I really believe that the difficulties and obstacles on our pathway look large to us or small to us according to whether we are large or small. The difference lies with us–not them.
Lack of stamina has a tendency to enlarge the hard things of life, while courageous determination minimizes the most tremendous things.
Not any of us are ever called upon to carry more sorrow than our hearts may bear, to do more work than we are able to do, to face and overcome more obstacles than we are able to face and overcome, if we will do so. There is a strength that is born of keen desire and unalterable determination, and each and every one of us can and will succeed if we keenly enough desire to do so.
No one ever has achieved very much that was truly worthwhile without having to overcome many things that were difficult, without forgetting self, and putting out doubt and fear.
Faint heart ne'er won fair lady–how could it?–no one loves a weakling–and it never yet has won anything else worth having.
—Harriot Russell, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, May 18, 1916.