Life is composed of ups and downs. Learning to get through the downs is key to being successful. Without obstacles, difficulties, struggles, and challenges, life wouldn't make much sense. You become stronger, more compassionate, and more grateful when you strongly believe in your capacity to persevere. The most successful people know what it's like to persevere and savor victory, personally and professionally--and so can you.

Here's a collection of 50 quotes about the power of persevering in life.

1. "Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions." Lao Tzu

2. "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

3. "In the realm of ideas everything depends on the real world all rests on perseverance." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. "It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required." Winston S. Churchill

5. "Perseverance, secret of all triumphs." Victor Hugo

6. "Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless." Scott Hamilton

7. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius

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

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

10. "Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire." William Godwin

11. "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

12. "Champions keep playing until they get it right." Billie Jean King

13. "Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

16. "With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." Thomas Foxwell Buxton

17. "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." Julie Andrews Edwards

18. "To achieve what 1% of the world's population has (Financial Freedom), you must be willing to do what only 1% dare to do...hard work and perseverance of highest order." Manoj Arora

19. "There are two ways of attaining an important end: force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time." Sophie Swetchine

20. "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength but by perseverance." H. Jackson Brown Jr.

21. "The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying." John C. Maxwell

22. "Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." Charlie Jones

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

24. "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

25. "Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure." Benjamin Disraeli

26. "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

27. "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.

28. "It is absolutely essential to hang in there--especially when you feel most discouraged." Steve Shallenberger

29. "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

30. "Keep a relentless eye on your goals! Perseverance, joyful dedication, and unwavering focus will get you there!" Amy Leigh Mercree

31. "In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently." Tony Robbins

32. "Few lack talent, but most people lack the vision and perseverance to develop their talents." Orrin Woodward

33. "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." Karen Blixen

34. "Perspective and perseverance are carved by time and constructed by wisdom." A.D. Sam

35. "It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." Franklin D. Roosevelt

36. "No success was won without enthusiasm and perseverance." Lailah Gifty Akita

37. "True winners remain winners because they truly believe that challenges, struggles, and obstacles can all lead to big blessings through persistence and perseverance." Edmond Mbiaka

38. "Failure is success in abeyance; but only for those who persevere." Ashok Kallarakkal

39. "If his decision is correct, he will win the battle, even if it lasts longer than expected. If his decision is wrong, he will be defeated and he will have to start all over again--only this time with more wisdom. But once he has started, a warrior of the light perseveres until the end." Paulo Coelho

40. "Perseverance is impossible if we don't permit ourselves to hope." Dean Koontz

41. "A bowl of diligence and perseverance, a cup of faith and a pinch of inspiration mixed with a spoon of contentment are the ingredients of a delicious success. Cook yours well." Joe Mari Fadrigalan

42. "Our power of perseverance is as that of an eagle. We soar above our challengers." Ellen J. Barrier

43. "It's good to remember that success may be just beyond the next failure, and you'll get there, not because you're destined to, but because you're determined to." Steve Goodier

44. "Be patient with yourself. The journey of life requires alot of patient, persistence and perseverance." Lailah Gifty Akita

45. "Difficult situations create exploitable opportunities for those strong enough to persevere." Chad Bowen

46. "Perseverance is not a passive submission to circumstances--it is a strong and active response to the difficult events of life." Elizabeth George

47. "Is it not true that the clever rogue is like the runner who runs well for the first half of the course, but flags before reaching the goal: he is quick off the mark, but ends in disgrace and slinks away crestfallen and uncrowned. The crown is the prize of the really good runner who perseveres to the end." Plato

48. "Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance." Samuel Johnson

49. "The difference between impossible and possible is a willing heart." Lolly Daskal

50. "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." Steve Jobs

Published on: Jul 24, 2015