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Updated: 10/12/2016

   perseverance (noun):  steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose,
                                     a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties,
                                     obstacles, or discouragement.
  • "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."
    Sir Winston Leonard-Spencer Churchill,
     KG, CM, OH, TC, PC, DL, FRS, Honorary RA
     -  Prime Minster of Great Britain (1940-1945, 1951-1955)
     -  President of the Board of Trade
     -  Home Secretary
     -  First Lord of the Admiralty
     -  Minister of Munitions
    Secretary of State for War
     -  Secretary of State for Air
     -  Chancellor of the Exchequer
     -  Overcame a publicity acknowledge speech impediment after great
         personal effort
     -  Officer in the British Army
     -  Historian
     -  Writer and Artist 
     -  1953 Nobel Prize for Literature
     -  First person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States
     -  Honorary Degrees from:
         -  University of Rochester [LLD]
         -  Harvard University [LLD]
         -  McGill University [LLD] (Montreal)
         -  Westminster College (Fulton, MO)
         -  Leiden University [Ph.D.] (Leiden, Netherlands)
         -  University of Miami
         -  University of Copenhagen [Ph.D.] (Denmark)

     (1874 - 1965)

  • "Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning,
     studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing
     or learning to do." 

     Edson Arantes do Nascimento "Pele"
       A retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.
       He is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.  Pelé has
       also been known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game"
       with football.  In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century
       by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
       That year, France Football asked their former Ballon d'Or winners to
       choose the Football Player of the Century; they selected Pelé.  In
       1999, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC.  That year,
       Time named him in their list of 100 most influential people of the
       20th century.  In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d'Or Prix d'Honneur
       in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football.
     (1940 -     )

  • "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."

     Samuel Johnson

  • "Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have
     perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must
     believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing
     must be attained.

     Marie Curie
       Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted
       pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win
       a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only
       person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the Curie
       family legacy of five Nobel Prizes.  She was also the first woman to
       become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became
       the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon
       in Paris.
       She was born in Warsaw, in what was then the Kingdom of Poland, part
       of the Russian Empire.  She studied at Warsaw's clandestine Floating
       University and began her practical scientific training in Warsaw. In 1891,
       aged 24, she followed her older sister Bronisława to study in Paris, where
       she earned her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific
       work.  She shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband
       Pierre Curie and with physicist Henri Becquerel.  She won the 1911 Nobel
       Prize in Chemistry.

    (1867 - 1934)

  • "Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing
     the hard work you already did."

     Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich
       American political consultant, politician, businessman, historian,
       writer and Republican leader.  He represented Georgia's 6th
       congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until his resignation
       in 1999, and served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of
       Representatives from 1995 to 1999. In 2012, Gingrich was a candidate
       for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

       In the 1970s, Gingrich taught history and geography at the University
       of West Georgia.  During this period he ran twice (1974 and 1976) for
       the United States House of Representatives before winning in November
       1978.  He served as House Minority Whip from 1989 to 1995.

       A co-author and architect of the "Contract with America", Gingrich was
       a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional election.
       In 1995, Time named him "Man of the Year" for "his role in ending the
       four-decades-long Democratic majority in the House".  While he was House
       Speaker, the House enacted welfare reform, passed a capital gains tax cut
       in 1997, and in 1998 passed the first balanced budget since 1969.

    (1943 -      )

  • "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which
     difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

     John Quincy Adams
(1767 - 1848)

  • "Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice,
     perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority
     is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal
     that is worthwhile."

     Vince Lombardi
 (1913 - 1970)

  • "Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God,
     you can live your dreams."

     Dr. Ben Carson, Sr.
       American retired neurosurgeon.
       Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and the
       University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous
       books on his medical career and political stances, and was the subject
       of a television drama film in 2009.

       He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital
       in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.  As a pioneer in
       neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the first and only
       successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head,
       pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside
       the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2
       vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem
       tumors and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.
       Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country
       at age 33.  He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees,
       dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical
       publications.  In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
       the highest civilian award in the United States.

    (1951 -     )

  • "I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of
     any kind as the quality of perseverance.  It overcomes almost everything,
     even nature."

     John D. Rockefeller
        American financier and philanthropist who was a prominent member of
        the Rockefeller family. He was the only son among the five children of
        Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller and the father of the five
        famous Rockefeller brothers.  In biographies, he is commonly referred
        to as "Junior" to distinguish him from his father, "Senior".

    (1974 - 1960)

  • "I don't know what keeps me going.  Sometimes I wonder... I think it's
     just pure perseverance and wanting to succeed and having that
     burning desire to always have success."

     Tanya Tucker
       American female country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn",
       in 1972 at the age of 13.  Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became
       one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing
       her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak
       of Top 10 and Top 40 hits.  She has had several successful albums, several
       Country Music Association award nominations, and hit songs such as
       1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?" and "Blood Red and Goin' Down,"
       1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman," and 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend".

     (1958 -     )

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

     John Quincy Adams
      American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United
      States from 1825 to 1829.  He also served as a diplomat, a Senator
      and member of the House of Representatives.  He was a member of
      the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later
      Anti-Masonic and  Whig parties.

      In his biography, Samuel Flagg Bemis argues that Adams was able to
      "gather together, formulate, and practice the fundamentals of American
       foreign-policy – self-determination, independence, noncolonization,
       nonintervention, nonentanglement in European politics, Freedom of
       the Seas, [and] freedom of commerce."

    (1767 - 1848)


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

 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
   British politician and writer, who twice served as Prime Minister.
   He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative
   Party, defining its policies and its broad outreach.  Disraeli is
   remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his political
   battles with the Liberal Party leader William Ewart Gladstone, and his
   one-nation conservatism or "Tory democracy".  He made the
   Conservatives the party most identified with the glory and power of
   the British Empire.  He is the only British Prime Minister of Jewish birth.
 (1804 - 1881)


 "Keep the faith, don't lose your perseverance and always trust your
gut extinct."

    American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and
    television personality.  She began her career as a cheerleader for
    the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18[3] before rising to prominence
    in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of
    the music video era.  Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in
    the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Her six number one singles on the
    Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female
    solo performers who have topped the chart.  She won a Grammy for
    "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won
    the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography"
    television personality.  She began her career as a cheerleader for
the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18[3] before rising to prominence
in the 1980s as a highly sought-after choreographer at the height of
    the music video era.  Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in
    the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Her six number one singles on the
    Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female
    solo performers who have topped the chart.  She won a Grammy for
    "Best Music Video – Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won
    the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography".
  (1962 -     )

  •  "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
        American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and
        speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery,
        his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial.

      (1813 - 1887)

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

      Lou Holtz
        Former American football player, coach, and analyst.
        -  Served as the head football coach at:
            -  The College of William & Mary (1969–1971)
            -  North Carolina State University (1972–1975)
            -  University of Arkansas (1977–1983)
            -  University of Minnesota (1984–1985)
            -  University of Notre Dame (1986–1996)
            -  University of South Carolina (1999–2004)
       -  His career record was 249–132–7.
       -  Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the
           Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion.  Holtz is the
           only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl
           games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the
           final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the
           National Football League (NFL) during the 1976 season.

      (1937 -     )

  • "I think one of the most important attributes is perseverance."

     David Rose

    (xxxx - xxxx)

  • "God bless perseverance.  Because it's not easy."

     Junot Diaz
       Dominican American[1] writer, creative writing professor at
       Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor
       at Boston Review.  He also serves on the board of advisers for
       Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that
       provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants.
       Central to Díaz's work is the immigrant experience.
       -  Received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel
           The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, in 2008.
       -  He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

    (xxxx - xxxx)

  • "I was never specifically associated with a part, I didn't have tons
     of money, I wasn't conventionally tall or handsome, so you know
     the things that were available to me were hard work and

     Seth Green
       American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director.
       Green is the creator and executive producer and most-frequent voice
       on Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, where he is also a writer and director.

     (1974 -     )

  • "The U.S. Olympic spirit award is an award that is given to an
    athlete who embodies the Olympic spirit in more ways than just
    on the playing field, in showing incredible perseverance, in
    overcoming obstacles, and what we wanted to do is have
    everybody can vote on-line."

    Brian Boitano
      American figure skater from Sunnyvale, California.
      He is the 1988 Olympic champion, the 1986 and 1988 World
      Champion, and the 1985–1988 U.S. National Champion.
      He turned professional following the 1988 season.
      He returned to competition in 1993 and competed at the
      1994 Winter Olympics, where he placed sixth.

    (1963 -       )