35 Quotes About Perseverance and Never Giving Up…

The temptation to give up is a common one, and nobody is exempt. Failure isn’t something many of us can handle gracefully. And even though we know it’s a common human condition, we’re somehow always surprised when it happens to us.

Following are 35 quotes you can read the next time you feel as though you want to give up. Reminding yourself that loss of hope is temporary might just compel you to pick yourself up and move forward.

1. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.

–Mary Anne Radmacher, American author and artist

2. Fall seven times and stand up eight.

–Japanese Proverb

3. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

–Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist and developer of the theory of relativity

4. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

–Thomas Edison (1874-1931), inventor of the light bulb

5. Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

–Henry Ford (1863-1947), founder of Ford Motor Company

6. A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

–B.F. Skinner (1904-1990), American psychologist

7. Ask yourself this question: ‘Will this matter a year from now?’

–Richard Carlson, American psychotherapist and author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

8. What if I told you that 10 years from now, your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So, why are you so afraid of change?

–Karen Salmansohn, best-selling self-help author

9. 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, speaker and author

10. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

–Robert Collier (1885-1950), American self-help author

11. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

–Confucius (551-479 BC), philosopher

12. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

–F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), American author

13. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.

–Newt Gingrich (1943- ), American politician, historian, and author

14. Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

–Julie Andrews (1935- ), English film and stage actress

15. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

–Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British politician and writer

16. Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

–William Feather (1889-1981), American author

17. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

–Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), world-renowned author and speaker

18. Failure is often that early morning hour of darkness which precedes the dawning of the day of success.

–Leigh Mitchell Hodges (1876-1954), journalist and poet

19. We will either find a way or make one.

–Hannibal (247-182 BC), Carthaginian General

20. It always seems impossible until it’s done.

–Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), South African anti-apartheid leader

21. The best way out is always through.

–Robert Frost (1874-1963), American poet

22. A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.

–George M. Moore Jr. (1862-1940), Member U.S. House of Representatives

23. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

–Bill Cosby (1937- ), comedian and actor

24. Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

–George Edward Woodberry (1855-1930), American poet

25. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you … never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

–Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American abolitionist and author

26. The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

–Confucius (551-479 BC), philosopher

27. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

–Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States

28. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

–Babe Ruth (1895-1948), baseball legend

29. Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

–Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States

30. Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

–James A. Michener (1907-1997), American author

31. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

–Walter Elliot (1888-1958), Scottish politician

32. The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

–Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author

33. Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

–Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), scientist and inventor of the pasteurization process

34. I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.

–Marie Curie (1867-1934), French physicist and two-time winner of the Nobel Prize

35. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

–Winston Churchill (1874-1965), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


How To Never Give Up…

How To Never Give Up

Let’s go through each step together.

1. Stay alive. As long as you are alive, anything is still possible.

2. Lower your expectations.

Most successes are not overnight successes. It’s the job of every PR company hired by a newly successful startup to make that startup look like an overnight success. You hear things like, “They just hacked this in a couple nights on the weekend, and a week later got a million users” or “it was just a hobby they were doing on the side, but then one day the site crashed because of traffic.”

Some of these stories are true, but for most of them – you will never know the whole story. Guessing how others succeed is wasting your time. Paul Graham warns every batch of founders at Y Combinator that only 1% of them will experience success really fast. What ends up happening is founders all expect they will be that 1%. You can work for it. But you can’t expect it. Lower your expectations.

3. Remember that you are stronger than you think.

At times, you might privately think to yourself that you can’t handle the pressure. You have to persist. And just doing the same thing is not enough. You must try different things before you learn what works. Let’s say of the 99 things you have tried, nothing works well. Will you try the 100th thing? If you think about it, the 99 failures have almost no bearing on the success of the following one, as long as you trying different things.

4. Fake it. Other people will do the same. They will never give up, why would you?

Fake success. Everyone does. You should as well. Don’t lie, but act as if you already succeeded. It makes a difference.

5. Don’t compare yourself to people who already succeeded.

Never give up if Bob is doing great. You never know how he is really doing.  Even if you think you know, you don’t.

After you have done all of this, you will fall into the dip. It’s the lowest point in your whole journey, a hopeless-looking place that comes right before success – Seth Godin wrote an entire book about it. If this sounds like baseless motivational talk, think again. When you fall really low, take a bunch of risks and fail people around you, you have nothing to lose – and that is exactly the time you are likely to take you biggest risk and possibly succeed.

RelatedHow Many Times Should You Try

Most people who look at this infographic think that they are stuck in the dip. The trick is that if you are stuck, you have to keep moving. And sometimes that means going back to square one. If nothing else, never give up because you only might have one last thing to overcome. Now stand up and say to yourself as loud as you can, “Never give up! Never Give up! Never Give up!”