In business, and in life, you’ll hear the word “no,” a lot. It can be frustrating and discouraging, but by being persistent you just might turn some of the “noes” into “yeses.”

Perseverance when it comes to achieving your goals is essential. Whether you want to go back to school, learn a new skill, start your own business, or pick up a new hobby you need to identify your goal and you need to have persistence in order to reach it.

Obstacles will always arise and they’re often out of our control, this has been the case throughout all of humanity. Take Odysseus, for example, for ten long years Odysseus persevered in his quest and desire to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. His queen, Penelope, and his dog, Argos, persevere in their wait for the return of Odysseus. Finally, thanks to their perseverance they are reunited after twenty years.

The point is that we must have perseverance in the face of obstacles if we are to succeed. Odysseus showed us this and there have been a million other tales of heroes’ journeys since the dawn of the written word that has also shown us this.

The next time you’re feeling defeated, read these quotes for inspiration and remember that you’re never truly beaten until you decide to give up.

Quotes About Perseverance and the Value of Continuing Even When Things Are Difficult


Lucius Annaeus Seneca quote on perseverance


“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Jim Rohn quote on perseverance


“Some people plant in the spring and leave in the summer. If you’ve signed up for a season, see it through. You don’t have to stay forever, but at least stay until you see it through.”

– Jim Rohn


Jim Hightower quote on perseverance


“The only thing in the middle of the road is yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”

– Jim Hightower


Friedrich Nietzsche quote on perseverance


“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


Paul the Apostle quote on perseverance


“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

– Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Romans, 5:3-4


Confucius quote on perseverance


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

– Confucius


John Quincy Adams quote on perseverance


“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

– John Quincy Adams


Babe Ruth quote on perseverance


“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

– Babe Ruth


Franklin D. Roosevelt quote on perseverance


“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


Franklin D. Roosevelt quote on perseverance


“To reach a port we must set sail –

Sail, not tie at anchor

Sail, not drift.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


Unknown quote on perseverance


“Hard times make strong men, strong men make good times, good times make weak men, weak men make hard times.”

– Unknown


Odysseus quote on perseverance


“Nevertheless I long—I pine, all my days—

to travel home and see the dawn of my return.

And if a god will wreck me yet again on the wine-dark sea,

I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure.

Much have I suffered, labored long and hard by now

in the waves and wars. Add this to the total—

bring the trial on!”

Odysseus, Book V