Need motivation? 27 quotes about persistence

My Amazon Fire TV Stick recently stopped working. I can’t tell you why, but I can tell you that I became frustrated when all of the usual fixes didn’t solve the problem.

But I needed it to work, so I didn’t give up.

I did some Googling and found another (more complicated and annoying) option to try. Following those instructions while throwing in my own little curve ball did the trick and it’s now up and running again.

I persisted until I got it right because getting it right was important to me.

27 quotes about persistence

I want you to persist as an author, too. Let these quotes about persistence from notables inspire and motivate you to stay with it.

  1. “Persistence, persistence, and persistence. The power can be created and maintained through daily practice – continuous effort.” ~ Bruce Lee
  2. “Paralyze resistance with persistence.” ~ Woody Hayes
  3. “I would say that more people fail than succeed because few are able to show persistence in the long run.” ~ G. S Clason
  4. “He conquers who endures.” ~ Persius
  5. “Perseverance – that was the key word then, and it still remains the basic principle for anyone who wants success. You cannot creatively get anywhere in this life without sturdy application of the persistence principle.” ~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  6. “Patience is the productivity factor which keeps you persistent in working on your task.” ~ Abder-Rahman Ali
  7. “There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” ~ Michelle Obama
  8. “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” ~ Japanese proverbquotes about persistence 3
  9. “Continuous effort–not strength or intelligence–is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~ Winston Churchill
  10. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.” ~ Denis Waitley
  11. “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
  12. “A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.” ~ James Watkins
  13. “Whatever you want you can have, if you want it badly enough, and if you are willing to persist long enough and hard enough in doing what others have done to accomplish similar things before you.” ~ Brian Tracy
  14. “Remain persistent and don’t stray from your path. The power to change your opinion about yourself and your outlook on life is in your hands.” ~ Gavin Bird
  15. “Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.” ~ Marabel Morgan
  16. “Talent is nothing without persistence.” ~ Dean Crawford
  17. “If you have mastered your profession but lack the ability to be persistent, you will not succeed. You are a failure when you stop trying again and again.” ~ Dozie Uzochukwu
  18. “Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering.” ~ Muhammad Aliquotes about persistence 4
  19. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  20. “Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” ~ Ray Kroc
  21. “When life knocks you down you have two choices – stay down or get up.” ~ Tom Krause
  22. “If you do not have persistence then no amount of education, talent, or genius can make up for it.” ~ Stephen Richards
  23. “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” ~ Newt Gingrich
  24. “Persistence prevails when all else fails.” ~ Author Unknown
  25. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  26. “The key of persistence opens all doors closed by resistance.” ~ John Di Lemme
  27. “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

Which of these “spoke” to you? Which ones made you think, “I need to keep doing this?” Please tell us in a comment.

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    1. And, Terry, unlike me, you probably didn’t use any foul language when you were messing around with it. Good for you!


  1. Sandra, I got here from your FB post, which I always respond to. Thanks for the quotes–Thomas Carlyle’s, especially. Did I ever need these–and will for some time. I published my second short nonfiction book about two weeks ago. You would think I would have more savvy about it since I’m the secretary of St. Louis Publishers Association, but even though I’m ancient, some things just do not click for me. My first book has sold all of 13 copies, and that’s with an Amazon listing. My second one was rejected by Amazon through Draft2Digital because I had chunks of the book on my Medium account. Anyway, I am determined to set a promotion plan, and I ordered your free book promotion resources book. On top of this, which of your books for someone in my situation would you recommend beyond this?
    Thanks, again!

    1. Cat, I liked Michelle’s because it was clear and to the point (and so true). I’m glad it resonated with you, too. Keep looking for the FUN!


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