My Favorite Quotes About Perseverance

On Monday, November 30, I was called into my CEO’s office and told that due to budget cuts my position was going to be phased out. Effective immediately. 

It was a blow. I’d been at the non-profit for two years and although the job wasn’t my endgame, I was proud of the work I’d accomplished in the time there. I worked with a great group of dedicated women and I miss them. My office mate/program manager specifically.

I’m now joining the thousands of other Americans on unemployment. However, I do have my copywriting business and freelance writing keeping me company. I know others aren’t so lucky to have something like this to fall back on.  

It’s weird to say that losing my job was not the greatest loss in my life. If I didn’t have copywriting or my other writing I think I’d be in an entirely different mindset. I know it’ll take me some time to make enough from those to cover what I’m losing, but I know through perseverance I will make it.

With all that said — and knowing there are many other people out there in a similar boat — I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes about perseverance. It might seem like this is never going to end, but I promise you, things will get better.

When in doubt, repeat one or more of these quotes and remember that you can get through this.


If you are going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance. — Abigail Adams

It always seems impossible until it’s done. — Nelson Mandela

The will to preserve is often the difference between failure and success. — David Sarnoff

The best way out is always through. — Robert Frost

Change takes effort. And the reality is, most people don’t want to put in effort to better their life. — Cesar Millan

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


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A Little Motivation Goes a Long Way

When I worked at Barnes & Noble, needless to say, I had access to a lot of books. As an aspiring writer, I spent a lot of my free time browsing Fiction (obviously). But I also spent a lot of time in the Writing Reference section.

The information we have access to nowadays is incredible.

Prolific writers like Stephen King, Mary Karr, and Anne Lamott teach us what they learned and know about the craft. We welcome their words of wisdom. You’ll be hardpressed to not find a slew of writing reference books in a writer’s home.

One of my favorite finds was this 6×4 pocket-sized book, Inspiration and Motivation for Writers. Complied by Chloe Henderson, the quotes inside are perfect pick-me-ups if you’re having a bad writing day. Which let’s be honest we all have bad writing days.

I like to keep my copy on my writing desk in easy reach.

An early quote used is the one on my homepage by Stephen King: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

Below are a few of my other favorite quotes pulled from the book:

  • “As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” — Barbara Sher
  • “It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creation.” — Gustave Flaubert
  • “One of the key joys about being a writer is that everyone seems to do it slightly differently.” — Marcus Sedgwick
  • “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.” — Ray Bradbury
  • “If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent, whatever that is.” — Richard Rhodes
  • “There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.” — Doris Lessing
  • “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “Never stop when you are stuck.” — Jeanette Winterson
  • “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing.” — Melinda Haynes

Grab a copy for yourself on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It’s the perfect little reference book for your collection.