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If there be one thing on earth which is truly admirable, it is to see God's wisdom blessing an inferiority of natural powers, where they have been honestly, truly, and zealously cultivated.
      - Thomas Arnold

Great effects come of industry and perseverance: for audacity doth almost bind and mate the weaker sort of minds.
      - Francis Bacon

The waters wear the stones: thou washeth away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.
      - Bible, Job (ch. XIV, v. 19)

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIV, v. 13)

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
      - Edmund Burke

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders--these are the masters of victory.
      - Edmund Burke

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
      - Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Every noble work is at first impossible.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way.
      - Jeremy Collier

By preserving over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
      - Christopher Columbus

Perseverance and audacity generally win.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all men who would mount, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

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.
      - Charles James Fox

Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

Nothing is so hard but search will find it out.
      - Robert Herrick

Attempt the end and never stand to doubt;
  Nothing's so hard, but search will find it out.
      - Robert Herrick,
        Hesperides--Seeke and Finde

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Stick to your aim;, the mongrel's hold will slip,
  But only crow-bars loose the bull-dog's lip;
    Small as he looks, the jaw that never yields,
      Drags down the bellowing monarch of the fields.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Press on! a better fate awaits thee.
      - Victor Hugo

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
      - Washington Irving

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 by canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of a pickaxe, 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.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Too much vigor in the beginning of an undertaking often intercepts and prevents the steadiness and perseverance always necessary in the conduct of a complicated scheme.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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