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13 quotes on perseverance you should read before throwing in the towel

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Just keep swimming

When things don’t go our way: business ideas fail, meetings go awry, sales numbers plummet etc., the easiest, and most common resolution is to give-up and invest our energy and attention elsewhere. But do you know it took Thomas Edison 1,000 unsuccessful attempts, before creating his one monumental success: the lightbulb.

Had he, or any of the remarkable trailblazers before us, taken the easy way out and simply given up, we wouldn’t have the luxuries we have today, let alone the luxury to read this very article. So, when things get rough, I dare you to persevere instead and make the decision to be remarkable, these quotes are sure to help:

13 quotes on perseverance

  1. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” – Douglas MacArthur
  3. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadworth Longfellow
  4. “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James
  5. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  6. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams
  7. “Just don’t give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  8. “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” – Thomas Carlyle
  9. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  10. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  11. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein
  12. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant
  13. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” – Thomas Jefferson

Tie a knot

So the next time you walk out of a meeting ready to call it quits, or you feel like there is no resolution to the many problems at hand, read these quotes for that extra push, and your very own perseverance is sure to guide you the rest of the way.


Written By

Lauren Flanigan is a Staff Writer at The American Genius, hailing from the windy hills of Cincinnati, with a degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati. She has escaped the hills, and currently resides in Atlanta, where you can almost always find her camping at a Starbucks strategizing on how to take over the world.



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