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30 best quotes on perseverance for sportspeople

,One of the most important ingredients of success is perseverance. We’ve compiled a list of motivational quotes for you, for when you feel like giving up.


Perseverance in the ancient world

Good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome

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

Quality is not an act, rather it is a habit. Aristotle

He conquers who endures. Persius

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah


Perseverance in the Māori world

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi. As a old net withers another is remade.

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu. Although it is small, it is greenstone.

He iti hoki te mokoroa, nana i kakati te kahikatea. Although the grub is but little, yet it gnaws through the big white pine tree.

E rua tau ruru, e rua tau wehe, e rua tau mutu, e rua tau kai. Two seasons of drought, two seasons of scarcity, two seasons of crop failure, two seasons of plenty.

Waiho i te toka tu moana! Stand firm and compact as the surf-beaten rock in the ocean!

I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho. A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.


Don’t give up

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up, but the most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas A. Edison

Problems are not stop signs, rather they are guidelines. Robert H. Schuller

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stowe

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. Victor Kiam

Never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. Babe Ruth

It’s always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale


Keep trying

Do the one thing you think you cannot do, fail at it, then try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment, so own it. Oprah Winfrey

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinckley

Perseverance is not a long race, rather it is many short races one after the other. Walter Elliot

Don’t watch the clock, but do what it does. Keep going. Sam Levenson

If you fell down yesterday, then stand up today. H. G. Wells

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou

Ever tried, ever failed, no matter. Try again, fail again, fail better. Samuel Beckett

If you’re going through hell, then keep going. Winston Churchill

I am not a has-been, but I am a will be. Lauren Bacall

Step by step and then the thing is done. Charles Atlas


More help

If you would like to read more on perseverance, then see 10 successful strategies for keeping your New Year’s resolutions

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Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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