Quotes About Perseverance

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Get inspired with these quotes about perseverance from famous athletes, coaches, and other notable people.

1. "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
-Walter Elliott

2. "No matter how far you walk, how hard you work, or how bad it hurts, you'll always get to where you need to be."
- Unknown Author

3. "I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me.

I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win."
- Arnold Palmer

4. "Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
-Vincent Lombardi

5. "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
-Unknown author

6. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do."
-Mark Twain

7. "It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top."
-Henry Ward Beecher

8. "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
-Newt Gingrich

9. "I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards."
-Abraham Lincoln

10. "I don't rate myself as a fantastic, talented athlete. I just have perseverance. I'm a cart horse. I work hard."
-Colleen DeReuck, Four-time Olympian

11. "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
-John Quincy Adams

12. "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
-Samuel Johnson

13. "Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success.

They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown."
-H. Ross Perot

14. "We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
-Helen Keller

15. "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
-Tommy Lasorda

16. "If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."
-Vince Lombardi

17. "Don't let go of your dreams.

If you have determination and belief in your dreams, you will succeed in spite of your desire to let go."
-Catherine Pulsifer

18. "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
-A.A. Milne

19. "A guy who has run twenty Boston Marathons was once asked, 'Don't you feel like skipping a day when it's raining?' The old road warrior replied, 'If you start skipping runs because the weather's too lousy, pretty soon you start missing runs because the weather's too nice!'"
-John Hanc, excerpted from 1,001 Pearls of Runners' Wisdom

20. "There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them."
-Ralph Marston

21. "Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead."
-Kara Goucher, elite U.S. marathoner

22. "Believe you can and you're halfway there."
- Theodore Roosevelt

23. "Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory."
- Herbert Kaufman

24. "Running well is a matter of having the patience to persevere when we are tired and not expecting instant results."
-Robert De Castella

25. "Our greatest glory is not never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
– Confucius


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