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Quotes - Determination


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

 Margaret Thatcher, British Polictician


Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

 Conrad Hilton, American Investor & Businessman


The idea of epiphany is a dreamer’s paradise where people want to believe that things are easier than they are.

 Douglas van Duyne, Internet entrepreneur


The heavy burden of the evidence is that creativity is much more available to us than we tend to think.  The most significant constraint, as with all kinds of exceptional performance, is most likely to be our willingness to do the difficult work required.

 Geoff Colvin, American Author


You can’t just take a few dance lessons and then think you are Fred Astaire.

 Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume One


If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.

 Mary Kay Ash, American Businesswoman


Fall seven times, stand up eight.

 Japanese Proverb


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

 Confucius, Chinese Social Philosopher


We all have the ability. The difference is how we use it.

 Stevie Wonder, American Musician


It’s not as though we’re especially gifted, but we have been exceptionally determined. If you’re able to enjoy something, to devote your life to it….it will work out for you. It will work.

 Jerry Garcia, Lead Guitarist Grateful Dead


It's so important to know where you are. And I know where I am right now. How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.

 Jim Valvano, Excerpt from ’83 ESPY speech


Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

 Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish Novelist


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

 Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist 


It’s just in me. I wanted to do something. Try to make a difference somehow. I didn’t care if I failed or not, I just wanted to try.

 Neil Young, Canadian Musician


The darkest hour of the night comes just before dawn.

 Ancient Proverb


I will prepare and someday my chance will come.

 Abraham Lincoln16th President of The United States


But sneaking out like this, quitting, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that. It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great.

 Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

 SenecaRoman Philosopher


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

 Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher


No journey is too great if you find what you seek.



The first step in the journey is to lose your way.

 Galway Kinnell, American Poet


When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.



Don’t be beaten down by naysayers. Don’t let the odds scare you from even trying. If you pour your heart into your work, or into any worthy enterprise, you can achieve dreams others may think impossible. That’s what makes life rewarding.

 Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks