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95 Inspirational perseverance quotes for life’s toughest times

Life gets tough, but if you know how to stay strong these perseverance quotes will speak to your fighting spirit. Know someone who needs help staying strong? Share these quotes about perseverance with them today!

Perseverance is the relentless attempt to achieve success and accomplish your desired goals. You achieve not simply by trying, but by persevering.  This is characterized by three (3) traits, which are keys to unlocking the door to success:

1. Never giving up,

2. Not being limited by time constraints; and

3. Staying rooted in the confidence that success is inevitable if you continue to make a concerted effort to attain it.

It’s easy to say, “I can do it”. But those who persevere don’t just say it – they do it and they live it. Below are 30 perseverance quotes to encourage you to not simply speak about it, but also to live everyday displaying your will to win.

If you need more motivation to ignite your fighting spirit, remember to also read our selection of inspirational never give up quotes. We also have a superb collection of powerful keep pushing quotes as well as these quotes about pain to remind you how strong you are. Be sure to read that as well.

Perseverance Never Quits

Instead, It Boldly Says, “I Can!”

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

1. “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”  – Flavia Weedn

2. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Author Unknown

3. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas Edison

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

4. “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

5. “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur 

6. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi Jr.

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

7. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” – Charles F. Kettering

8. “Some lean back. But those who lean forward are poised to cross the finish-line, first!” – T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

9. “Though you may hear me holler, and you may see me cry– I’ll be dogged, sweet baby, if you gonna see me die.” – Langston Hughes

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

10. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, ‘press on’ has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

Also read these inspiring comeback quotes and sayings that will help you bounce back after a setback.

Perseverance quotes to inspire patience

Perseverance Is Best Friends with Patience

Remain calm through thick and thin; hold tightly to your beliefs, knowing time is NOT the enemy, but your closest ally.

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

11. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

12. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

13. “The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” – Lady Aberdeen

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

14. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”

15. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln

16. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

17. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” – Anonymous

18. “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown

19. “Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” – Douglas MacArthur

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

20. “How long should you try? UNTIL!” – Jim Rohn

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Perseverance quotes to inspire you to achieve the impossible

A Fall Does Not Deter Perseverance

Failure does not demoralize it; instead, faith stimulates it.

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

21. “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” – Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture”

22. “Sometimes you must cross a bridge and other times you need to burn it. But, always keep building one and never lose your faith in life.” – Dodinsky

23. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

24. “Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.” – Leigh Mitchell Hodges

25. “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller

26. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

27. “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” – Benjamin Disraeli

28. “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

29. “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

Inspirational Perseverance Quotes To Encourage You

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Perseverance quotes about overcoming obstacles

30. “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

31. “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” – Thomas Carlyle

32. “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

33. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou

34. “Perseverance is the secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo

35. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

36. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” –  Samuel Johnson

37. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― ConfuciusConfucius: The Analects

38. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”
― Marilyn Monroe

39. “So, what does perseverance mean? It means that one possesses persistence, tenacity, determination, and staying power. This in turn means, when applied to a problem or issue that needs to be resolved, that the individual never gives up, never quits and never sees defeat until the problem, challenge, project, obstacle is resolved to a satisfactory level.” Byron Pulsifer

40. “Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these.” – Edward Dunedin

Quotes about perseverance to help you succeed

41. “When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments.” – Thomas Jefferson

42. “To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.” – George Washington

43. “Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love.” – Swami Vivekananda

44. “Continuous effort–not strength or intelligence–is the key to unlocking our potential.”- Winston Churchill

45. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”- Tommy Lasorda

46. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”- Benjamin Franklin

47. “When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

48. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” ~Newt Gingrich

49. “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” – George E. Allen 

50. “In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing.” – General George S Patton, Jr.

Inspirational perseverance quotes that will remind you to never give up

51. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ― James A. Michener

52. “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ― Charles Spurgeon

53. “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” ― Anthony Robbins

54. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
― Dale Carnegie

55. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” ― Teddy Roosevelt

56. “Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.” ― Criss Jami

57. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

58. “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” ― Gena Showalter

59. “Keep trying until you have no more chances left.” ― Aimee Carter

60. “He who can have patience can have what he will.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Perseverance quotes to make you strong

61. “… that’s how life should be, when one person loses heart, the other must have heart and courage enough for both.”― José Saramago

62. “Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so great that adversity, in all its adverse manifestations, hardly even exists.”― Criss Jami

63. “You can’t stop dreaming just because the night never seems to end.”―Curtis Tyrone Jones

64. “You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

65. “The days without difficulty are the days you do not improve.”― Evan Winter

66. “If you know something will eventually come to an end, you can handle it.”― Karen Harrington

67. “The hugest pile of challenges and hardships will not hold back a needle of the clock.”― Roy A. Ngansop

68. “They couldn’t catch you if you didn’t stop running.”― Dennis Lehane

69. “You have to conquer every obstacle, before you can reach the top of the mountain.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

70. “Perseverance is the mother who snuggles her children when they are impatient. Keep calm, everything will be solved. Keep persisting, go ahead.”― Alan Maiccon

71. “Maybe everything comes out all right, if you keep on trying. Anyway, you have to keep on trying; nothing will come out right if you don’t.”― Laura Ingalls Wilder

72. “It can take a lifetime to build something worthwhile. Those who stick with it, build a legacy without regrets.”― Trevor Carss

73. “A difficult life spent in hard-work, perseverance, and courage will pave the way for a life of true greatness!”― Avijeet Das

74. “If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived.”― Jeffrey R. Holland

75. “Don’t be ashamed by your mistakes, they only prove that you try hard and never give up.”― Riley Czarkowski

Perseverance quotes to keep you going

76. “What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward.” – Roy T. Bennett

77. “Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.” – Bob Riley

78. “Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.” – Roy T. Bennett

79. “When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.”― Roy T. Bennett

80. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr

81. “If you really want to eat, keep climbing. The fruits are on the top of the tree. Stretch your hands and keep stretching them. Success is on the top, keep going.”― Israelmore Ayivor

82. “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” – George Whitefield

83. “A bad day doesn’t cancel out a good life. Keep going.”― Richie Norton

84. “Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.” – Scott Hamilton

85. “Today if anything is trying to hold you back, give no attention to it. Get your hopes up, get your faith up, look up, and get ready to rise up.”― Germany Kent

More perseverance quotes to inspire you

86. “Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D Larson

87. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

88. “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

89. “We will either find a way or make one.” – Hannibal

90. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

91. “The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.” – Unknown

92. “Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears.” – Gillian Anderson

93. “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley

94. “Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.” – Paula Abdul

95. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King

What do you think about these perseverance quotes?

Perseverance is your willpower in action – an internal driving force pushing you to get things done despite a lack of resources, countless obstacles, and time constraints.

It is built on an inner strength that leans on desire, self-confidence, courage, diligence, and faith to stay the course. You are encouraged to live a life that is rooted in perseverance.  Keep running the race believing that the prize is yours – patiently waiting for you to claim it.

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