Category Archives: PERSEVERANCE

Never say die.

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“Fair Australia, Oh what a dump.
All you get to eat is crocodile’s rump,
Bandicoot’s brains and catfish pie.
Let me go home again before I die.”

Old Bush Ballad.

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Do not trouble yourselves about standards or ideals; but try to be faithful and natural: remember that there is no greatness, no beauty, which does not come from truth to your own knowledge of things; and keep on working, even if your work is not long remembered.” William Dean Howells, Literature and Life, Entire

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“The day will come
When my body no longer exists
But in the lines of this poem
I will never let you be alone

The day will come
When my voice is no longer heard
But within the words of this poem
I will continue to watch over you

The day will come
When my dreams are no longer known
But in the spaces found in the letters of this poem
I will never tire of looking for you”
Sapardi Djoko Damono

Don’t put the cart before the horse.

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What a road the Cold Mountain road!

Not a sign of horse or cart.

Winding gorges, tricky to trace.

Massive cliffs, who knows how high?

Where the thousand grasses drip with dew,

Where the pine trees hum in the wind.

Now the path’s lost, now it’s time

For body to ask shadow: ‘Which way home?’

Words from Cold Mountain

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A sugarcane is sweetest at the joint

Siku ya kufa nyani miti yote huteleza

What seems to be hard to achieve in real life is often times the best. Fruits of hard labour are enjoyed the most.

http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga.html

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Ihii na igwa ikuragira uthu-ini

Boys and sugar-cane grow up as enemies (because boys are all the time eating sugar-cane)

The day is for working, the night is for resting.

Gwakia kwarama, gwatuka gwakundeera

There is a time to wink as well as to see.

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“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which colour to slide down on the rainbow.”

Douglas Pagels 

http://www.wow4u.com/relax-quotes/

Persistence is the key

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/prayer-quotes/

 

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Some stand on tiptoe trying to reach God to talk to him – you try too hard, friend – drop to your knees and listen to him, he’ll hear you better that way.


(Ever Garrison)

http://www.starstuffs.com/inspirational_sayings/prayer.htm

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”

– Susan Gale

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継続は力なり。 (Keizoku wa chikara nari)

Continuance is power/strength.
Don’t give up. Just continuing to hold on will yield/reveal strength and power. Continuing on after a setback is its own kind of strength. Perseverance is power.

The aim of literature … is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.”

― Donald Barthelme, Come Back, Dr. Caligari

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Fragments of fox fur, sewn together, will make a robe.

Chinese

http://www.oocities.org/yangyangetje/proverb.html

I have never turned back in my life ; I shall not do so today.

Emile Rey

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In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream?”
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.

Yoko Ono

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“Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?”

― Henry David Thoreau

To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there.”

~old man G— to Monseigneur Bienvenu Myriel” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it’s time to do something different?
It’s a balance – a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won’t work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills –
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won’t work.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

http://www.motivational-quotes-sayings.com/quotes/windmills/

Love is enough. Love does conquer all. Love really does always protect, trust, hope, persevere.

― Willow Aster, True Love Story

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“The only way that we can protect each other is if we are together. If we face things together. If we trust each other.”

― Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Of course, in an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness, too.

– Saul Bellow   Henderson The Rain King, ch.3.

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“Time and again the sun sets like a bedimming curtain before my eyes, taking with it all illumination, warmth, and colour.  I am overwhelmed by night and the monsters that lurk in shadows of despair.  But alas, stars twinkle from afar, shedding the tiniest rays of lighted hope.  I am reminded that the sun also rises, and that morning’s glory shall restore beauty to my world.  The realization of this dream is only a matter of waiting out the dreary night.  So, I shall persevere.”

― Richelle E. Goodrich

Do not go changing in your nature just to satisfy any creature.

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“If you eliminate suffering from this world you eliminate life. There’s no evolution. Those species that don’t suffer don’t survive. Sometimes the insane and the contrarians and the ones who are the closest to suicide are the most valuable people society has. They may be the precursors of social change. They’ve taken the burdens of the culture onto themselves and in their struggle to solve their own problems they’re solving problems for the culture as well”
― Robert M. Pirsig

The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I’ll walk carefully.

Russian

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“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Look, as my mama always said, ‘One monkey don’t stop no show’.

― Terry McMillan, Getting to Happy

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“Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.”

― Lemony Snicket, The Grim Grotto

Limp along until your legs are spent, and you fall flat and your energy is drained. Then the grace of the Divine will lift you. ― Rumi

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“He walked as he’d learned to walk, with only a minimal limp, back straight, head held high in confidence rather than cockiness. He walked like a man who had learned to lean into God for whatever strength he needed.”

 

― Robin Lee Hatcher, Fit to Be Tied

Diligence, frugality, and perseverance, are the leading steps to wealth.

DOWNEY'S PROVERBS

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PATIENCE

By Lisa Gorton

Stairs that rise to unused rooms, their amber afternoons:

hours that bear the weight – mahogany as patience –

of a bed made smooth and leather-bound books sequestered

like shoes queuing – the wrong way – to step out.

http://www.australianpoetrycentre.org.au/?p=ialqtyjkk

Persist. My favourite writing teacher told me, "Sooner or later you’ll wear the jokers down." I did, and you will too.

http://janelebak.com/learning-to-stand.html

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If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW.

http://www.wow4u.com/possible/index.html

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Better to be alone than in bad company.

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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 failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. — Calvin Coolidge 1872

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When the drop (drink) is inside, the sense is outside. Irish.

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I think of you, of course,
how drunk I can get on the taste of you,
how the sap rises, and then of my sister, how tall
and slender she once was,
then of the tree in all of us,
nothing more, just of the tree,
stirring gently in the breeze, swaying
in the night wind,
drawing its sap from somewhere, deep down, as all trees do.

DAVID BROOKS THE TREE.

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