August 28, 2010

Free Kaplan eBooks for Back-to-school!

free ebook downloads from Kaplan!

Today's blog blip is just to let everyone know that I stumbled across some free eBooks from Kaplan (the real big test prep company). Since many of you are serious students of life and also serious students in high school, college, and beyond (or know someone who would love to get their hands on these books!) I felt you would love this free offer!

This offer is only going on until August 30th so get 'em before they're gone... or not free rather.

It appears as though you will need the ibooks application from Apple or iTunes to get these free Kaplan books. If you don't have iBooks

The list of free eBooks offered from Kaplan:

Call To Nursing
Collected Writings
Crime: Its Cause and Treatment
Evolution of Modern Medicine
First Year Nurse
First Year Teacher
Get Into Graduate School Get Into Medical School
Kaplan 101 Algebra Practice Questions
Kaplan 101 ASVAB Practice Questions
Kaplan 101 Biology Practice Questions
Kaplan 101 GMAT Verbal Practice Questions
Kaplan 101 GRE Quantitative Practice Questions
101 GRE Verbal Practice Questions
101 MAT Practice Questions
101 SAT/PSAT Critical Reading Practice Questions
101 SAT/PSAT Writing Practice Questions
ACT Strategies for Super Busy Students
AP Biology 2011
AP Macroeconomics/Microeconomics
2011 CCRN GMAT Math Workbook
GMAT Verbal Foundations
GMAT Verbal Workbook
GRE & GMAT Exams Writing Workbook
GRE Exam Advanced Math
GRE Exam Advanced Verbal
GRE Exam Math Workbook
GRE Exam Subject Test: Psychology 2009-2010
GRE Exam Verbal Workbook
MCAT Biology Review
MCAT General Chemistry Review
MCAT Organic Chemistry Review
MCAT Physics Review
MCAT Practice Tests
MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Writing Review
Medical Internal Medicine Question Book
Medical USMLE Master the Boards Step 3
Medical USMLE Step 1 Qbook
Medical USMLE Step 2 CK Qbook
Medical USMLE Step 3 Qbook
NCLEXPN 20102011 Edition
NCLEXRN 20102011 Edition
PMBR FINALS: Civil Procedure
PMBR FINALS: Conflict of Laws
PMBR FINALS: Constitutional Law
PMBR FINALS: Contracts
PMBR FINALS: Corporations
PMBR FINALS: Criminal Law
PMBR FINALS: Criminal Procedure
Kaplan PMBR FINALS: Trusts
Kaplan PMBR FINALS: Wills
Kaplan PMBR: Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
Kaplan PMBR: Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE)
Kaplan Portable GMAT
Kaplan Portable GRE Exam
Kaplan Portable SAT
Kaplan SAT Critical Reading Workbook
Kaplan SAT Math Workbook
Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Dictionary
Kaplan SAT Subject Test Chemistry 2010-2011 Edition
Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Biology E/M
Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Mathematics Level 1
Kaplan SAT Subject Test: Mathematics Level 2
Kaplan SAT Subject Test: U.S. History Edition
Kaplan SAT Writing Workbook
Kaplan SSAT & ISEE
Law School Labyrinth
Lives in the Balance
Manual of Surgery
Math for Nurses
MBA Fundamentals: Accounting and Finance
Med School RX
Memorable Thoughts of Socrates
Notes on Nursing
Paralegal's Handbook
Path of the Law and The Common Law
Routine Miracles
Saving Lives
Sharp Vocab
Sharp Writing
Socratic Dialogues
SOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Dealing with Tests
SOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Handling Peer Pressure
SOS: Stressed Out Students' Guide to Saying No to Cheating
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
Reflections on Doctors
Real Life of an Internist
New Lives Meditations on Hope
Final Moments

That looks like an excellent list and if you're considering any type of graduate school, medicine, law, and others then this is a great savings on some high quality test materials. And who doesn't like FREE?!

Having said that, if you're interested in more free stuff, check out this page for free personal development and self improvement audiobooks and eBooks!

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August 25, 2010

What Makes Life Worth Living?

Part of life is to use your senses and be stimulated. I'm not sure what exactly makes life worth living, but the one thing I do know is that since we're here we might as well play the game. I favor the words of Og Mandino who says that life is precious and can be beautiful, but it's a game. And in the end, I cannot help but think life is simply a game. The rules of which I am still figuring out.

Let us just think about what makes life worth living for a moment today...

Og Mandino also says that to play the game we have to know the rules. This is something I just pondered about... what are the rules in the game of life?

I'd like to take a sentiment from another teacher of life, Jim Rohn, who says that there is no happiness/joy without suffering. So, surely both of those are part of life. We've got to have a little bit of both. A life led purely for pleasure and enjoyment certainly seems to me that it would be vapid and ultimately unfulfilling. It's quite a conundrum to swallow, but if you think on it for a while you may come to the same conclusion.

But then that begs another question, is it better to suffer than to live in happiness? That turns out to be a tougher question to answer than it seems at first. When it's all said and done, it's a question I certainly need to think more about. More importantly, it's something that needs to be weighed on both ends.

All of these seemingly oddball questions stemmed from my musings over the question, "What makes life worth living?"

If you dare to ask yourself this question, you may be in for some shocking revelations.

The following 2 life resources have served me and may help you muse over this question as well:
How to Have Your Best Year Ever (my favorite self improvement resource)
Og Mandino Secrets of Success an eye-opening audio book about life... far more than merely material success.

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August 17, 2010

FREE eBook and audiobook page added!

Alright well, in my time as a student of life and self improvement I've come across some great sites to find free self improvement resources. And what better thing to do than to share them with all my fellow students of life!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
    Dr. Seuss

So, today's blog update is going to be this free page of self improvement resources, ebooks, and audio books. The link to this page will stay at the top of the blog for easy access.

Free Self Improvement Resources

I hope you do find some great books from this, and I encourage you to share your own links and I'll put them on the page if it will help other students out!

Other changes

You'll also notice a couple of other changes to the navigation bar.

The first of these secondary changes was that I added a link to my personally recommended "everything self improvement" resources store. I advocate them for a few reasons. They're fast, secure, they stand behind their product and have toll free customer service, and finally because they're the official store for personal development legend Jim Rohn and all his good company! They've pretty much got every base covered that you could want to work on.

And the last change was that I removed the link to the Videos section. Do note, the posts with videos are all still on the blog; it's just that I am temporarily removing that page. It will be back shortly in a much better format.

As a final note, our goal today is to find a book or audio book and start reading it. Information hoarding serves us no purpose unless put into practice. Enjoy!

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August 13, 2010

George Santayana Quotes and Biography

George Santayana quotes are evocative! Not only that, but he's uttered so many insightful, and profound quotes that this blog post just kept getting bigger and bigger. I came across him quite randomly as I was reading some inspirational quotes, and Santayana's poignancy just made me want to dig deeper. When it was all said and done I had a big ol' quote list and pared it down to just the gems you'll read below.

So, here are some of the fantastic George Santayana quotes I came across, as well as a brief biography in case you've never heard of this philosophy legend (it's ok... I never heard of him before this either!).

George Santayana Biography

George Santayana was born in Spain in 1863. He was known as a Spanish-born U.S. philosopher. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor of arts and then went on to complete his Ph.D. also at Harvard by the age of 26. As an undergraduate he was said to have a very active social life and he was also a member of 11 clubs, as well as president of the philosophy club. After earning his Ph.D. George Santayana became a professor at Harvard until he retired from teaching in his 40's, much to the dismay of Harvard, who tried to get him back on numerous occasions. He was heavily recruited by many of the world's top universities for his incredible abilities.

After retiring he moved back to Europe and bounced around Europe, Britain and the United States. Unfortunately, World War I and then II prohibited Santayana's traveling lifestyle and eventually he was trapped in Rome, where he later died.

During his earlier years he partook in poetry, but later undertook philosophy as his major work. He wrote many books, and his only novel The Last Puritan was a worldwide hit and best-seller. George Santayana was also a great student of philosophy and he credits a lot of his learning to Aristotle, Spinoza, and Lucretius. Furthermore, William James, commonly known as one of the fathers of modern psychology, had an impact on Santayana since they worked together at Harvard.

As far as his views on philosophy are concerned, George Santayana quotes that philosophy attempts firstly to, make an account of "the shrewd orthodoxy which the sentiment and practice of laymen maintain everywhere" and secondly at drawing out "a distinct vision of the universe and definite convictions about human destiny [that] inspires and expresses the life of those who cherish it."

Santayana died of cancer on September 26, 1952 in Rome, Italy.

George Santayana on Life

"Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel."

"The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it."

"For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity."

"If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved."

"It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to."

"It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well."

"We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past; remembering that once it was all that was humanly possible."
The Philosophy of George Santayana, Northwestern University Press, 1940, p. 560

"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace."
—Dialogues in Limbo

"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human."

"To possess things and persons in idea is the only pure good to be got out of them; to possess them physically or legally is a burden and a snare"

"... if you bravely make the best of a crazy world, eternity is full of champions that will defend you."
Dialogues in Limbo, Constable, 1925, p. 32

George Santayana Quotes on Education and Learning

"Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him."

"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."

"Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are."

"There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humour."
The Birth of Reason and Other Essays, Columbia University Press, 1968, p. 15

"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas."

"The wisest mind has something yet to learn."

"Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated."

George Santayana "Doomed to repeat it..."Quote

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, page 284

George Santayana Quotes on Happiness and Character

"Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character."

"Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment."

"To be happy, even to conceive happiness, you must be reasonable or (if Nietzsche prefers the word) you must be tamed. You must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passions and learned your place in the world and what things in it can really serve you. To be happy you must be wise."
Egotism in German Philosophy, Scribner's, 1916, p. 152

"A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted."

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."

George Santayana quotes from The Sense of Beauty

"Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it."

"Familiarity breeds contempt only when it breeds inattention."

"The only kind of reform usually possible is reform from within; a more intimate study and more intelligent use of the traditional forms."
The Sense of Beauty, MIT Press, 1988, p. 105

"Love makes us poets, and the approach of death should make us philosophers."

"Fun is a good thing, but only when it spoils nothing better."

Santayana Quotes from Letters

"... philosophy seems to me to be its own reward, and its justification lies in the delight and dignity of the art itself."
—To William James, 18 December 1887, The Letters of George Santayana, Book One, [1868]-1909, MIT Press, 2001

"... the idea that horrors are required to give zest to life and interest to art is the idea of savages, men of no experience worth mentioning, and of merely servile, limited sensibilities. Don't tolerate it."
—To G. Lowes Dickinson, 26 November 1913, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Two, 1910-1920, MIT Press, 2002

"The moment we turn the magic of the moment into a maxim, we have clouded the sky."
—To Llewelyn Powys, 20 October 1937, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Six, 1937-1940, MIT Press, 2004

"I have always liked understanding views with which I did not agree—how else could one like the study of philosophy?"
—To Daniel MacGhie Cory, 9 May 1939, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Six, 1937-1940, MIT Press, 2004

"Of course, I like agreement, it warms the heart, but I don't expect it; and I like disagreement too, when it is intelligent and carries a thought further, rather than contradicts it a priori, from a different point of departure. These different points of departure make discussion futile and unpleasant."
—To Charles Augustus Strong, 15 September 1939, The Letters of George Santayana, Book Six, 1937-1940, MIT Press, 2004

George Santayana Quotes on Philosophy

"The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character."

"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy."
Facile means: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth; "too facile a solution for so complex a problem"

Quotes from Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense

"In order to discern this healthy life, for the soul no less than for the body, not much learning is required; only a little experience, a little reflection, and a little candour."
Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense

"An ignorant mind believes itself omniscient and omnipotent; those impulses in itself which really represent the inertia and unspent momentum of its last dream it regards as the creative forces of nature.
—Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, p. 187

"An ignorant mind believes itself omniscient and omnipotent; those impulses in itself which really represent the inertia and unspent momentum of its last dream it regards as the creative forces of nature.
—Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, p. 187

"Now the body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation."
—Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, p. 206

"A man's hatred of his own condition no more helps to improve it than hatred of other people tends to improve them."
—Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, p. 225

More George Santayana Insightful Quotes

"By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all."

"The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings."

"All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible."

"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality."

"Depression is rage spread thin."

"Sanity is a madness put to good use."

"I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty."

"Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men."

"Only when vitality is low do people find material things oppressive and ideal things unsubstantial."
—Winds of Doctrine, Scribner's, 1913, p. 19

"Wealth is dismal and poverty cruel unless both are festive. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."
—Soliloquies in England, Scribner's, 1922, p. 97

"I suppose people aren't ashamed of doing or feeling anything, no matter what, if only they can do it together. And sometimes two people are enough."
The Last Puritan, MIT Press, 1994, p. 227

"A need is not a good. It denotes a condition to be fulfilled before some natural virtue can be exercised and some true good thereby attained. To feel needs is to feel separated from the good by some unfulfilled prerequisite to possessing it."
—Dominations and Powers, Scribner's, 1951, p. 40

"Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world."

"Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions."

"Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others."

"Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end."

"A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity."

"Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better."

"The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it."

"Habit is stronger than reason."

"The highest form of vanity is love of fame."

"Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality."

"To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say."

Finally, here is what I believe to be a very profound quote to end this page with:

"Our character... is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be."

Reading about George Santayana and tons of his quotes had me wanting to read more about philosophy. One of my favorite personal development mentors, Jim Rohn is very big on studying philosophy. And not just classic philosophy, but your own personal philosophy.

If you're interested in studying philosophy then a) keep reading this blog because philosophy is a big part of it, and b) look into reading The Last Puritan (I read that it's tough to read, but I'll be checking it out anyways) or a biography of the life of George Santayana. Have a great day, and work on those good habits!

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August 10, 2010

How many years should a kid spend in 4th grade?

How are you doing? How many? How much?

Ok, well to be a little less ambiguous we are going to talk about exactly how well you and I are doing with our personal development. And I say "exactly" with such emphasis because we're going to use some cold, hard numbers in today's blog. We are going to talk about results. As far as the seemingly outrageous title of this blog post... I will leave that up to you to find out after you watch the video!

Actually, I suppose it would be more appropriate to say we are going to talk and listen and watch about results and more. Because today we have a great video clip from one of my absolute most recommended self improvement programs How to Have Your Best Year Ever from Jim Rohn. So far, I've watched the entire 5 hour DVD at least 4 times. I actually started to keep track on a piece of paper inside the case.

As you'll see in this short clip, not only is Jim Rohn funny but he puts concepts, strategies and advice in such simple terms than you simply have to be effected. He's really a great story teller as well. You'll actually laugh quite a few times in this awesome program. So, let's watch Jim in action and follow up right after...

How to Have Your Best Year Ever - Jim Rohn video

Now let's look at our numbers...

Here's the question list that Jim Rohn was asked by his mentor Earl Shoaff:
  1. How much money have you saved and invested?
  2. How many books have you read in the last 90 days?
  3. In the last 6 months, how many classes have you taken to improve or develop your skills?

The short of all this information is pretty simple. If you don't like your own numbers then you have the power to change it. And only you can. Remember, if you have messed up then now is the best time to turn any one of these around!

You don't need to change countries. It's a lot easier than that! Maybe after all this toil and aggravation it's just because you bought the wrong plan. So, do yourself a favor and buy the right plan. Just like Earl Shoaff helped turn the young Jim Rohn around, Jim Rohn helped turn me around and he can help you too.

Look within and let your results teach you something about your own activity, your own attitude, and your own philosophy. What a fantastic, realistic analysis! And as Jim Rohn says in video, and this is critical, you've got to be willing to face the numbers.

Set yourself free to amend your errors!

Discover the day that turns your life around and puts you on the road to having your best year ever! In this five hour seminar, filmed before a live audience, you'll learn the keys to success in life and how to accomplish your goals. Everyone is interested in getting more out of life, but few are willing to turn that interest into action. In "How to Have Your Best Year Ever," Jim Rohn will show you how simple it is to begin to turn your dreams into reality! Decide today to make this one of the most valuable additions to your family or business DVD library!

Subjects include:
  • The Life Puzzle
  • Personal Development
  • The Five Abilities
  • Setting Goals
  • Self Esteem
  • Financial Independence
  • Communication

How to Have Your Best Year Ever - 5 Hour Seminar (DVD) Jim Rohn

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August 6, 2010

Perhaps My Best Advice... An Inch

Are you having trouble taking action? Do you know what you SHOULD do, but just can't get yourself to do it? Here's a little piece of advice that will give you big results.

Some great personal development advice... Inch by inch

The best part of the following self improvement advice is that it puts you in the power position. Sometimes people don't do something because it's easy to be overwhelmed. Some people won't do XYZ because it takes too much time. There really are a million and one excuses not to take action, and sometimes there's a good reason. But when it comes right down to it, there's no real good excuse to do nothing. And I will urge you to share (via a comment below or email) if you have a good - or even decent - reason to do nothing. I can't think of one.

Inch by Inch

Inch by inch, anything's a cinch. That's a philosophy I blew off for a large part of my life. I used to say to myself something along the lines of, "I have time to put it off for now. Besides I'll be sure to get it done later in grand fashion... it always gets done." In most cases it did get done. I'm older now though, and I'd like to think I'm a little wiser too. And with that wisdom it becomes too obvious that some things can't be rushed, and then there are other things that are simply better to do inch by inch, row by row, even if you're not even giving maximum effort. Perhaps the best advice I could ever give someone is to just do a little.

For a couple examples of this, consider your health. Even if you don't run a marathon, is it not better if you just walk around the neighborhood? Sure you might barely break a sweat but I guarantee the light walk is better than no walk for your general health. I used to figure if it wasn't my "best" effort then it wasn't worth doing. Too many times that led me down the path of putting it off or gettin' ready for the big show!

Another example relates to procrastination. now before your brain shuts off because you've already read or heard everything about procrastination just read the next sentence intently, think about it for at least ten seconds, then only continue if you think it might help. If you do just two earnest minutes of work on whatever project you're undertaking every day then you have beaten procrastination. how great is that? Now if you only do 2 minutes a day and never get done by your deadlines it will be a problem. But the important aspect here is that your problem was not you delaying endlessly because you failed to start. How much sooner could you get started if you just had to commit to do an inch or 120 seconds?

Jim Rohn Does It...

Jim Rohn is a personal development legend, and one of his stories talks about the apple a day philosophy. He actually has a pretty funny story with people who mix up an apple a day with a Hershey bar a day. I'll be sure to share a video about this in the near future. But save to say right now that the apple a day is one of those super simple fundamentals that lead to radical life change.

When I really thought about the apple a day philosophy it struck me as something a lot more meaningful. And it doesn't just have to do with an apple either. It can be anything so simple that you think it's meaningless. But the key to note here is that thinking something might not be effective at all does not make it so. If you drank one less can of coke today, then 10-15 cans later you'll have saved yourself from probably gaining a pound of fat. Sound incredible? Not really in my opinion. But what would be incredible is if you applied these small changes to your life, and every area of your life that you're trying to improve.

If it's worth doing at all, then it's worth doing badly until you get good at it.

In conclusion, what I want you to get out of reading this is very little. Really. I want you to simply get the fact that doing very little is better than okay. It's a great starting point and it puts you in the power position. try it out for yourself!

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August 2, 2010

Perseverance Quotes

Perseverance. It's one of those things that you really can't know what it is until you do it -- or better yet, until you experience it and persevere through something. Chances are you've done it too. It feels great. Nonetheless, it is human nature to ease up just a little, and often times we go through a period of time where know that we should persevere, but for whatever reason we don't. My goal for this blog post is to share some inspirational perseverance quotes to help you try to persevere the next time you're being challenged!

Perseverance Quotes

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."

William James

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go."

William Feather

"Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits."

Robert Brault

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

Earl Nightingale

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

Albert Einstein

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."

Dale Carnegie

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

Dale Carnegie

"If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up."

Inspirational quotes about perseverance!

Now we will switch it up a bit and go for some fantastic quotes about perseverance from unknown authors!

Unknown Quotes about Perseverance

"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places."

"Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain."

"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground."

"There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream."

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."

Embrace this quote and keep on going too.

"Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about."

More Famous Quotes on Perseverance

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."

Thomas Foxwell Buxton

"A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors."

Antonio Porchia

"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."

Samuel Johnson

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."

Vince Lombardi

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."

James A. Michener

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."

Louis Pasteur

"If you are going through hell, keep going."

Winston Churchill

"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."

Albert Einstein

"Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting."

Christopher Morley

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Newt Gingrich

"He conquers who endures."


"Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."

Jacob A. Riis

"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

Ecclesiastes 9:11

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."

Walter Elliott

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."

George Bernard Shaw

"Perseverance... keeps honor bright: to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery."

William Shakespeare

"The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling."


"But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition."

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

"The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Saints are sinners who kept on going."

Robert Louis Stevenson

"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking."

Buddhist Saying

How to Persevere!

Whenever I blog about a dedicated quotes page, such as this post on perseverance quotes, I encourage my fellow personal development students to take it a step beyond simply reading. There are a couple things you can do. First, read over these quotes again and find at least a couple that really resonate with you. Maybe you found yourself in a situation before where this was really applicable or that advice would have helped. Once you’ve got a couple quotes then write them down so you remember them.

The next thing you can do to really take advantage of these quotes about perseverance is to use them in your life. At work, play, school, with friends or family if you share these quotes with someone else it takes this blog and these quotes and turns them into a real tool you use to better your life. And after all, life change is the name of the game! So, persevere and keep on keepin' on!

If you're interested in more perseverance quotes and other inspirational quotes then do check out the Les Brown quote page. There is a nice little section with quotes on perseverance!

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