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Determination Quotes to Push You Towards Success

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor
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Our latest collection of determination quotes to help you persevere on Everyday Power.

Are you looking for the perfect words to give you the drive and motivation you need in life right now?

Do you need some inspirational and compelling messages from someone who has walked in the same shoes before you, only to achieve great personal or professional success?

Then this list of determination quotes should be just the ticket you were looking for.

My greatest hope is that below exists some words that would help you remember that with perseverance, you are capable of anything.

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Determination Quotes When Life Gets Tough

1. “Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.” – Brian Tracy

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2. “Winners are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” – Unknown

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3. “Self-determination is fine but needs to be tempered with self-control.” – Anonymous

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4. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” – Author Unknown

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5. “A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.” – John Christian Bovee

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6. “If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, ‘here comes number seventy-one!’.” – Richard Devos

7. “A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must be undaunted when the going gets tough.” – Ronald Reagan
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8. “Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals.” – Kieran Perkins


10. “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.” – Vince Lombardi

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11. “Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory.” – Ghandi

12. “Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of the field, or even the bar you must high jump. Your opponent is yourself, your negative internal voices, your level of determination.” – Grace Lichtenstein
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13. “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” – Alexander Graham Bell
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14. “I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” – Langston Hughes

15. “You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” – Jimmy Carter

16. “People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also….but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop.” – Steve Maraboli

17. “I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work.” – Lee Iacocca

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18. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordon

19. “The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy – invincible determination – a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.” – Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton


21. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

22. “We will either find a way, or make one!” – Hannibal

23. “It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.” – Mark Cuban

24. “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.” – Charles Dickens

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25. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vincent Lombardi

26. “It was courage, faith, endurance and a dogged determination to surmount all obstacles that built this bridge.” – John J. Watson

27. “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

28. “What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.” – Patty Berg

29. “We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.” – Les Brown

30. “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” – Thomas Alva Edison

31. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

32. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – John Calvin Coolidge


34. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

35. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

36. “Never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time-rich and cash-poor.” – Cory Doctorow

37. “Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the centre of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” – James Corbett

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38. “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” – Alexander Graham Bell


40. “Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified buldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.” – Dr. A. B. Meldrum

41. “Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” – Denis Waitley

42. “Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.” – Burt Lawlor

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43. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

44. “If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

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45. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb


47. “It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a great deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, if you really want to win, there’s no easy path to glory. There is no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But its prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition that will not quit.” – Navy SEAL Masterchief

48. “What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts.” – Hannah Arendt

49. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi Jr.

50. “They say love will find a way. I know determination will.” – Ronnie Milsap

51. “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” – Channing Pollock
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52. “It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – William Somerset Maugham

53. “I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying.” – Tom Hopkins

54. “Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.” – Charles De Gaulle


56. “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

57. “The longer I live, the surer I become that the truest real difference between the success and the failure, between the strong and the weak, between the rich and the poor, between the great and the average, is just plain will power, invincible determination, a purpose once set and then death or victory. And no fine manners, education or brilliance, no talent, opportunity or culture can make any two-legged creature a man without it.” – Sir Thomas Buxton

58. “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter 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 that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.” – Jacob Riis

59. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

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More determination quotes and sayings

60. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

61. “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” – Robert Greene

62. “Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” – Robert Strauss

63. “You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” – Harper Lee

64. “To turn your dreams into reality, all your resources, efforts and concentration should be aligned in the same direction.” – Dr. Roopleen

65. “That’s the point, isn’t it? We have to live on, no matter how hard it gets. We’ll win in the end.” – Brandon Sanderson

66. “Real treasure is not about what we found. Rather, it’s about the fact that we finally found it.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

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67. “Beginnings and endings are simply part of a journey that isn’t stopped by either.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

68. “Determination plus Persistence equals Achievement.” – Stanley T. Crawford

69. “Only your determination and your strong desire will move you forward.” – Aurora Berill

70. “Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

71. “Determination is only available to those who persevere and have the attitude of never giving up just because one thing did not work.” – Byron Pulsifer

72. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jessie Owens

73. “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” – Sonia Johnson

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74. “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Unknown

75. “It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.” – Kenneth J Hutchins

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Insightful Determination Quotes to Push Yourself

76. “It takes determination to see a dream come to pass. The question is not will you start, but will you finish.” – Joel Osteen

77. “Discipline automates habits which, in turn, determine your outcomes.” – David Khalil

78. “I, on the other hand, was a little-known night-club singer, who was said to have more determination than talent.”Maya Angelou

79. “Working hard, being patient and being full of determination is perhaps the most fulfilling way of becoming rich.” Robert Gardner

80. “You can’t go buy drive. They don’t sell it. It comes from here (your heart).” – Eric Thomas

81. “Say “I will!” and then stick to it–That’s the only way to do it.” – Nixon Waterman

82. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake

83. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti

84. “Just remember that a mountain is not taken down in one big scoop but is done by taking one small chuck away at time.” – Byron Pulsifer

85. “People with a strong will power will always have the bigger picture in mind. They will be able to forgo small pleasures in order to help attain bigger goals.” Brian Adams

Inspiring Determination Quotes to Guide You in Your Goals

86. “A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” Vince Lombardi

87. “Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere that is what makes them extraordinary.” Catherine Pulsifer

88. “A determined person will do more with a pen and paper, than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.” Catherine Pulsifer

89. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

90. “You need to develop the resilience and determination to tackle the hard work of leadership. You need personal resolve and tenacity to rise above the daily pressures and lead your organization into the future.” Vince Molinaro

91. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” – Dan Gable

92. “No matter the number of times you fail you must be determined to succeed. You must not lose hope. Don’t stop in your storm.” – Tony Narams

93. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

94. “I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.” – Gale Sayers

95. “Mom, thank you for always modeling the utmost strength, determination, and work ethic.” – Steph Gold

Drive And Determination Quotes To Keep You Going

96. “He conquers who endures.” — Persius

97. “Are you desperate or determined? With desperation comes frustration. With determination comes purpose, achievement, and peace.” — James A. Murphy 

98. “Courage is the foundation of determination. Determination and courage are the cornerstones of success.” — M. K. Soni

99. “It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.” — Man Ray

100. “Victory is the child of preparation and determination.” — Sean Hampton

101. “Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.” — Roger Dawson

102. “A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.” — Louis L’Amour

103. “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” — Bo Jackson

104. “The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose and in the invincible determination.” — Vince Lombardi

105. “Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” — Henry Van Dyke

Which of these determination quotes is your favorite?

Life will often surprise us with its twists and turns.

But whatever you’re going through right now, these quotes about drive and motivation should hopefully renew the willpower that’s already inside you.

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