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  • "You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile."
    Brian Tracy (1944–), Canadian businessman, author, and motivational speaker
    Source: Quoted in 101 Best Ways to Get Ahead (Michael E. Angier, 2004)
  • "Saving New York City from bankruptcy is like making love to a gorilla. You don't stop when you're tired; you stop when he's tired."
    Felix Rohatyn (1928–), US investment company executive
    Source: Quoted in 500 of the Most Witty, Acerbic, and Erudite Things Ever Said About Money (Philip Jenks, 2002)
  • "Perseverance may be just as important as speed in the battle for the future."
    Gary Hamel (1954–), US academic, business writer, and consultant
    Source: Competing for the Future (cowritten with C. K. Prahalad, 1994)
  • "How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter."
    Bertie Charles Forbes (18801954), US publisher and writer
    Source: Quoted in Reader's Digest (1993)
  • "I just love it when people say I can't do something."
    David Andrews (1936–), Irish politician
    Source: Quoted in CNN: The Inside Story (Hank Whittemore, 1990)
  • "I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end."
    Margaret, Baroness Thatcher (1925–), British former prime minister
    Source: Observer (London) (April 1989)
  • "There are no secrets to success: don't waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence."
    Colin Powell (1937–), US general and secretary of state
    Source: Colin Powell (1989)
  • "We're gonna stay on until the end of the world. And when that day comes we'll cover it, play Nearer My God to Thee and sign off."
    Ted Turner (1938–), US founder of Turner Broadcasting Systems and CNN
    Referring to his ambitions for the then fledgling Cable News Network.
    Source: Quoted in The Corporate Warriors (Douglas K. Ramsey, 1988)
  • "We must just KBO."
    Sir Winston Churchill (18741965), British prime minister
    KBO stands for Keep Buggering On.
    Source: Quoted in Finest Hour (Martin Gilbert, 1983)
  • "You can eat an elephant one bit at a time."
    Mary Kay Ash (19152001), US entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
    Source: Mary Kay (1981)
  • "The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient … Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches."
    Anne Morrow Lindbergh (19062001), US writer
    Source: Gift from the Sea (1955)
  • "It's dogged as does it. It ain't thinking about it."
    Anthony Trollope (18151882), British novelist
    Source: The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867), vol. 1, ch. 61
  • "Irresolute men are sometimes very persistent in their undertakings, because if they give up their designs they would have to make a second resolution."
    Giacomo Leopardi (17981837), Italian poet and scholar
    Source: “Sayings of Filippo Ottonieri,” Essays, Dialogues, and Thoughts (1827)
  • "Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little."
    Plutarch (46?120?), Greek writer and philosopher
    Source: “Sertorius,” Parallel Lives (1st century ad), sect. 16
  • "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent."
    Calvin Coolidge (18721933), US president
    Quoted at his memorial service (1933).
    Source: Attributed

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