Perseverance in business is perhaps the most important trait one can have. Merriam-Webster defines perseverance as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure or opposition. Isn’t that what we need to do in business to succeed? We need to keep persisting in spite of obstacles, challenges and setbacks. So how do we do that? Here are some famous quotes to help you persevere.


“If you are going through hell, keep going.” ― Winston Churchill

“Never, never, never give in!” ― Winston Churchill

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

“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

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

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius

“It always seems impossible until it's done.” ― Nelson Mandela

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ― Nelson Mandela

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” ― Francis Bacon

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

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” ― Thomas A. Edison

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

“I am not concerned that you have fallen -- I am concerned that you arise.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” ― Samuel Beckett

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“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

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit” ― Vince Lombardi

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”  - Vince Lombardi

 “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” ― Babe Ruth

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ― H.G. Wells

“When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” ― Ovid

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

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

“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” ― Robert Strauss

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

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ― John Quincy Adams

“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

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.” ― Charles de Gaulle

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

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying” ― John C. Maxwell

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

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” ― Samuel Johnson

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” ― Julie Andrews Edwards

“It's always to soon to quit!” ― Norman Vincent Peale

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” ― Catherine of Siena

“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable” ― Thomas Fowell Buxton

“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

“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

“Few lack talent, but most people lack the vision & perseverance to develop their talents.” 
― Orrin Woodward

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” ― Victor Hugo

“Success flourishes only in perseverance--ceaseless, restless perseverance.”- Baron Manfred von Richthofen 

“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

“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

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

“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.

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”  - Isak Dinesen

“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” -  John D. Rockefeller

You aren't going to find anybody that's going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.” - Lou Holtz






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