Great effects come of industry and perseverance; for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
No road is too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; and no honors are too distant for the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves for a bright manhood, there is no such word as fail.
Every man who observes vigilantly, and resolves steadfastly, grows unconsciously into genius.
Let us only suffer any person to tell us his story, morning and evening, but for one twelve-month, and he will become our master.
By gnawing through a dyke, even a rat may drown a nation.
The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders,—these are the masters of victory.
Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.
I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not touch, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
Every noble work is at first impossible.
Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way.
Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
It is all very well to tell me that a young man has distinguished himself by a brilliant first speech. He may go on, or he may be satisfied with his first triumph; but show me a young man who has not succeeded at first, and nevertheless has gone on, and I will back that young man to do better than most of those who have succeeded at the first trial.
Perseverance gives power to weakness, and opens to poverty the world's wealth. It spreads fertility over the barren landscape, and bids the choicest fruits and flowers spring up and flourish in the desert abode of thorns and briers.
Perseverance is a Roman virtue, that wins each godlike act, and plucks success even from the spear-proof crests of rugged danger.
Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
Nothing is so hard, but search will find it out.
There is no royal road to anything.—One thing at a time, and all things in succession. That which grows slowly endures.
All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance: it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-ax, or of one impression of the spade with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.
The divine insanity of noble minds, that never falters nor abates, but labors, endures, and waits, till all that it foresees it finds, or what it cannot find, creates.
The falling drops at last will wear the stone.
Perseverance and audacity generally win.
It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.
If a man has any brains at all, let him hold on to his calling, and, in the grand sweep of things, his turn will come at last.
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
I argue not against heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot of heart or hope, but still bear up, and steer right onward.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.
Perseverance, dear my lord, keeps honor bright. To have none, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery.
An enterprise, when fairly once begun, should not be left till all that ought is won.
See first that the design is wise and just: that ascertained, pursue it resolutely; do not for one repulse forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.
Much rain wears the marble.
The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.
There are two ways of attaining an important end—force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practised by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time.
No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.
Hard pounding, gentlemen; but we will see who can pound the longest.
Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence more than talents and accomplishments.