Best Quotes of All Time—On Perseverance and Inspiration
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”
Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us that needs to be ignited by sparks.
—Johann Gottfried Von Herder
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
—Robert Louis Stevenson
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.
—Vincent van Gogh
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
At times of distress, strengthen your heart. Even if you stand at deaths door. The lamp has light before it is extinguished. The wounded lion still knows how to roar.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.
—Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.
—Barbara J. Winter
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred… Unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes even if you lose, you win.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.
Dedicated to awakening souls throughout the world,