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[Quote No.52417] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about preparation and persistence.] - The Moso Bamboo Tree - The Moso is a bamboo plant that grows in China and the far east. After the moso is planted, no visible growth occurs for up to five years - event under ideal conditions! Then, as if by magic, it suddenly begins growing at the rate of nearly two and one half feet per day, reaching a full height of ninety feet within six weeks. But it's not magic. The moso's rapid growth is due to the miles of roots it develops during those first five years, five years of getting ready." - Joel Weldon

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[Quote No.52418] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A true story - with a message about persistence.] - Never Give Up! - Sir Winston Churchill, who as the British Prime Minister led Britain through to victory in World War II and later won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature, took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises. He arrived with his usual props. A cigar, a cane and a top hat accompanied Churchill wherever he went. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill's voice as he shouted, 'Never give up!' Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: 'Never give up!' His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform. His commencement address was finished." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52419] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence. Once you have determined exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you must take massive action on a consistent, persistent basis in order to succeed. Think of it like building a muscle. If you have never weight trained before, the first time you walk into a gym, chances are you will not be able to bench press 250 lbs. However, if you are persistent, and you consistently go back to the gym, you will find yourself getting stronger and closer to your goal with each and every visit. One of the things you'll notice on your journey towards your goal, are roadblocks. That is, you will encounter obstacles that seem to jump out of nowhere in an attempt to halt your progress. Count on these obstacles. They are a part of life. Everyone would have every success they ever wanted if there were no obstacles. Your job is to be persistent and work through those obstacles. If you find little or no obstacles along the way, chances are you are not really challenging yourself. And when you do reach your goal, you won't experience the feeling of 'sweet success'. Make your goal a challenging one!" - Glen Hopkins

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[Quote No.52420] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[A story - with a message about persisting past failure and adversity to eventually reach success.] - Shake It Off and Step Up - A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shovelling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back: he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow. 'Shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up!' he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought 'panic' and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up! You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him. All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52461] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'As I Grew Older'

It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun -
My dream.
And then the wall rose,
Rose slowly,
Slowly,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky -
The wall.
Shadow.
I am black. I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Above me.
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My hands!
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
Of sun!

" - Langston Hughes

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[Quote No.52462] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Mother to Son'

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor -
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now -
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

" - Langston Hughes

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[Quote No.52465] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:-]

''Hope' is the thing with feathers'

'Hope' is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops at all.

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I've heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

" - Emily Dickinson
(1830 - 1886) American poet. Her poem ''Hope' is the thing with feathers'.
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[Quote No.52472] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Deep roots are not reached by the frost!" - J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. A line from the 'All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter' poem, which appears twice in 'The Lord of the Rings' first volume, 'The Fellowship of the Ring'.
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[Quote No.52498] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about enjoying each moment and living hopefully.]

'Life'

Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly!

What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O'er hope, a heavy sway?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfully, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell despair!

" - Charlotte Bronte

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[Quote No.52503] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield!" - Alfred Lord Tennyson
The last line of his poem, 'Ulysses'.
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[Quote No.52513] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about how our dreams about the future change us]

'A Walk'

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far beyond the road I have begun,
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has an inner light, even from a distance -

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

" - Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Robert Bly
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[Quote No.52517] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the difficulties and challenges, accompanied by growing-pains like self-doubt, failure, mistakes, waste and frustration, that transforming ourselves into our better selves often necessitates as we pursue our dreams.]

'On Pain'

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.

" - Khalil Gibran

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[Quote No.52550] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Hope is the most practical of all impractical things!" - Carrie Newcomer
American folk singer-songwriter and author. Her albums include 'Betty’s Diner', 'The Gathering of Spirits', and 'A Permeable Life', which has an accompanying book of poetry and essays. [Refer http://carrienewcomer.tumblr.com/post/104409158479/paradox ]
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[Quote No.52590] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about learning empathy and compassion, and other important virtues, as 'the blessings in disguise' or 'the silver linings' of adversity, problems, pain, frustrations, challenges, mistakes, etc.]

'Hymn to Adversity'

Daughter of Jove, relentless power,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and torturing hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!
Bound in thy adamantine chain
The proud are taught to taste of pain,
And purple tyrants vainly groan
With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.

When first thy Sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, design’d,
To thee he gave the heavenly birth
And bade to form her infant mind.
Stern, rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore
With patience many a year she bore;
What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know,
And from her own she learn’d to melt at others’ woe.

Scared at thy frown terrific, fly
Self-pleasing Folly’s idle brood,
Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,
And leave us leisure to be good.
Light they disperse, and with them go
The summer Friend, the flattering Foe;
By vain Prosperity received,
To her they vow their truth, and are again believed.

Wisdom in sable garb array’d
Immersed in rapturous thought profound,
And Melancholy, silent maid,
With leaden eye, that loves the ground,
Still on thy solemn steps attend:
Warm Charity, the general friend,
With Justice, to herself severe,
And Pity dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear.

O! gently on thy suppliant’s head
Dread Goddess, lay thy chastening hand!
Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Nor circled with the vengeful band
(As by the impious thou art seen)
With thundering voice, and threatening mien,
With screaming Horror’s funeral cry,
Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty;-

Thy form benign, O Goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart,
Thy philosophic train be there
To soften, not to wound my heart.
The generous spark extinct revive,
Teach me to love and to forgive
Exact my own defects to scan,
What others are to feel, and know myself a Man.

." - Thomas Gray
(1716 – 1771), English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University
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[Quote No.52597] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about patience and persistence.]

'Who Bides His Time'

Who bides his time, and day by day
Faces defeat full patiently,
And lifts a mirthful roundelay,
However poor his fortunes be,--
He will not fail in any qualm
Of poverty -- the paltry dime
It will grow golden in his palm,
Who bides his time.

Who bides his time -- he tastes the sweet
Of honey in the saltiest tear;
And though he fares with slowest feet,
Joy runs to meet him, drawing near;
The birds are heralds of his cause;
And, like a never-ending rhyme,
The roadsides bloom in his applause,
Who bides his time.

Who bides his time, and fevers not
In the hot race that none achieves,
Shall wear cool-wreathen laurel, wrought
With crimson berries in the leaves;
And he shall reign a goodly king,
And sway his hand o'er every clime
With peace writ on his signet-ring,
Who bides his time.

" - James Whitcomb Riley
(1849 – 1916), American writer, poet, and best-selling author.
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[Quote No.52606] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"When good things happen we are happy and grateful. When bad things happen, be grateful they are not worse and try to make them into good things. For example, if you are given an adversity turn it into an advantage, a burden into a benefit, a challenge into a conquest, a difficulty into a diamond, a failure into some fertilizer, a problem into a positive, a trial into a triumph." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52630] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Occasionally we all feel like...] My soul is a broken field, plowed by pain! [These feelings are all part of developing empathy and compassion for others and ourselves and testing ideas to learn what works to give us greater choice and control over our lives and happiness in a process of self-evolution and 'the getting of wisdom' for the good of all.]" - Sara Teasdale

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[Quote No.52633] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about learning from every experience, especially mistakes and difficulties, so when life gives you lemons you can persist and create lemonade.]

For I shall learn from flower and leaf,
That color every drop they hold,
To change the lifeless wine of grief
To living gold.

" - Sara Teasdale
Poet
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[Quote No.52642] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'See It Through'

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52651] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade.]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52657] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the power of focused, persistent and consistent imagination!]

'The Secret of the Ages'

You can do as much as you think you can,
But you'll never accomplish more;
If you're afraid of yourself, young man,
There's little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It's there, if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you're going to do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet. Excerpt from book, 'The Secret of the Ages' (1926). This is like the Henry Ford quote, 'Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right.'
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[Quote No.52662] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about being skeptical of anything unproven - especially pessimistic criticism - and being willing to put it to the test.]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52668] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about character and self-esteem]

'How Did You Die'

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a troubles a ton, or trouble’s an ounce,
Or trouble is what you make it,
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to Earth? Well, well, what’s that!
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there – that’s disgrace.
The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce,
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts,
It’s how did you fight – and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or it comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

" - Edmund Vance Cooke

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[Quote No.52679] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about temptation, will-power, self-discipline, habit and character in particular if focused, persistent and consistent imagination is useful to get yourself to do what imagining, then the opposite - distraction from what don't want to do and focusing on something else - is the way to not do something, as in the old truism, 'out of sight, out of mind'.]

'On Quitting'

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,
And where’er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?

You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?

Don’t boast of your grit till you’ve tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it’s easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there’s a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you’re all alone.

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.

It’s bully sport and it’s open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you’ll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52712] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the value of both good and bad.]

'The Guest House'

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

" - Rumi
(1207 – 1273), Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi - Persian poet, Islamic dervish, Sufi mystic and jurist. Translated by Coleman Barks
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[Quote No.52717] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Emergencies [adversity, problems, difficulties, challenges, etc] have always been necessary to [spur imagination and] progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration." - Victor Hugo

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[Quote No.52754] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Success'

If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it.
If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it
If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,
If gladly you'll sweat for it,
Fret for it,
Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,
If you'll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,
If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You'll get it!

" - Berton Braley
(1882 - 1966), journalist, poet and writer. Published in 'Things As They Are', 1916.
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"[Poem:- about how adversity, challenges, problems, pain, mistakes, etc give us the opportunity to grow in sympathy and in skills and become better.]

'Along The Road'

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!

" - Robert Browning Hamilton

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[Quote No.52768] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the importance of being skeptical about everything - negativity, pessimism and criticism just as much as positivity, optimism and praise.]

'It Can Be Done'

The man who misses all the fun
Is he who says, 'It can't be done.'
In solemn pride he stands aloof
And greets each venture with reproof.
Had he the power he'd efface
The history of the human race;
We'd have no radio or motor cars,
No streets lit by electric stars;
No telegraph nor telephone,
We'd linger in the age of stone.
The world would sleep if things were run
By men who say 'It can't be done.'

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52778] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"There was once a pendulum waiting to be fixed on a new clock. It began to calculate how long it would be before the big wheels were worn out and its work was done. It would be expected to tick night and day, so many times a minute, sixty times that every hour, and twenty-four times that every day and three hundred and sixty-five times that every year. It was awful! Quite a row of figures, enough to stagger you! Millions of ticks! ‘I can never do it,’ said the poor pendulum. But the clock-master encouraged it. ‘You can do one tick at a time?’ he said. ‘Oh, yes,’ the pendulum could do that. ‘Well,’ he said, ‘that is all that will be required of you.’ So the pendulum went to work, steadily ticking, one tick at a time, and it is ticking yet, quite cheerfully." - D.L. Moody
(1837 – 1899), Dwight Lyman Moody, also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher.
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[Quote No.52779] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the power of baby step by baby step with persistence to achieve anything eventually.]

'The Power Of Littles'

Great events, we often find,
On little things depend,
And very small beginnings
Have oft a mighty end.

Letters joined make words,
And words to books may grow,
As flake on flake descending
Form an avalanche of snow.

A single utterance may good
Or evil thought inspire;
One little spark enkindled
May set a town on fire.

What volumes may be written
With little drops of ink!
How small a leak, unnoticed,
A mighty ship will sink!

A tiny insect's labor
Makes the coral strand,
And mighty seas are girdled
With grains of golden sand.

A daily penny, saved,
A fortune may begin;
A daily penny, squandered,
May lead to vice and sin.

Our life is made entirely
Of moments multiplied,
As little streamlets, joining,
Form the ocean's tide.

Our hours and days, our months and years,
Are in small moments given:
They constitute our time below --
Eternity in heaven.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52785] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly." - Thomas Jefferson
From 'Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue For The Practical Life'. Found in a letter from him at his home 'Monticello', dated February 21, 1825.
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[Quote No.52793] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Try, Try Again'

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;
Then your courage should appear,
For, if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear;
Try, try again.

Once or twice though you should fail,
Try, try again;
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;
If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again.

Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again.
All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view;
Try, try again.

" - William Edward Hickson
(1803 – 1870), commonly known as W. E. Hickson, he was a British educational writer. This poem, also known as 'Perseverance' or just 'Try Again' first appeared in his book 'The Singing Master' in 1836, as a song.
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[Quote No.52794] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Where There's A Will There's A Way'

We have faith in old proverbs full surely,
For Wisdom has traced what they tell,
And Truth may be drawn up as purely
From them, as it may from ‘a well.’
Let us question the thinkers and doers,
And hear what they honestly say;
And you'll find they believe, like bold wooers,
In ‘Where there's a will there's a way.’

The hills have been high for man's mounting,
The woods have been dense for his axe,
The stars have been thick for his counting,
The sands have been wide for his tracks,
The sea has been deep for his diving,
The poles have been broad for his sway,
But bravely he's proved in his striving,
That ‘Where there's a will there's a way.’

Have ye vices that ask a destroyer?
Or passions that need your control?
Let Reason become your employer,
And your body be ruled by your soul.
Fight on, though ye bleed in the trial,
Resist with all strength that ye may;
Ye may conquer Sin's host by denial;
For ‘Where there's a will there's a way.’

Have ye Poverty's pinching to cope with?
Does Suffering weigh down your might?
Only call up a spirit to hope with,
And dawn may come out of the night.
Oh! much may be done by defying
The ghosts of Despair and Dismay;
And much may be gained by relying
On ‘Where there's a will there's a way.’

Should ye see, afar off, that worth winning,
Set out on the journey with trust;
And ne'er heed if your path at beginning
Should be among brambles and dust.
Though it is but by footsteps ye do it,
And hardships may hinder and stay;
Walk with faith, and be sure you'll get through it
For ‘Where there's a will there's a way.’

" - Eliza Cook
(1818 – 1889) English author, Chartist poet and writer born in London Road, Southwark.
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[Quote No.52811] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Success (Don't Give Up)'

'Twixt failure and success the point's so fine
Men sometimes know not when they touch the line,
Just when the pearl was waiting one more plunge,
How many a struggler has thrown up the sponge!

...

Then take this honey from the bitterest cup:
'There is no failure save in giving up!'

" - C. C. Cameron

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"[Poem:-]

'Mistakes'

...

Through strife the slumbering soul awakes
We learn on errors troubled route
The truths we could not prize without
The sorrow of our sad mistakes.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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"[Poem:- about facing the adversities as necessary and even beneficial as they teach how to be and travel better in the future]

'Rabbi Ben Ezra'

...

Then, welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough,
Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
Be our joys three-parts pain!
Strive, and hold cheap the strain;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!

...

" - Robert Browning
(1812–1889), English poet.
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[Quote No.52845] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"People do not lack strength they lack will!" - Victor Hugo

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[Quote No.52846] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Persistence and] Patience is the courage of the conqueror; it is the virtue, par excellence, of Man against Destiny, of the One against the World, and of the Soul against Matter. ...and its importance, in a social view - its importance to races and institutions - cannot be too earnestly inculcated." - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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[Quote No.52854] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"It is ...the one pull more of the oar that proves the 'beefiness of the fellow,' as Oxford men say; it is the one march more that wins the campaign; the five minutes' more persistent courage that wins the fight. Though your force be less than another's, you equal and out-master your opponent if you continue it longer and concentrate it more." - Samuel Smiles

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[Quote No.52855] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Perseverance is a virtue, That wins each god-like act, and plucks success, E'en from the spear-proof crest of rugged danger." - William Harvard

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[Quote No.52864] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"When we long for life without difficulties [adversities, challenges, problems, mistakes, pain, etc], remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure [and that these difficulties show us where we can improve and give us opportunities to better understand, experiment with and perfect methods to overcome these weaknesses in ourselves for the betterment of all in the future]!" - Peter Marshall

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"Great is the art of beginning [using focus only on each baby step want to do next], but greater is the art of ending [keeping up that focus on each baby step and then the next constantly and persistently and refocusing immediately when distracted from what want to do next]!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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[Quote No.52903] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about hope and anticipating future success while persistently working in the present to achieve it]

'When My Ship Comes In'

Somewhere, out on the blue seas sailing,
Where the winds dance and spin;
Beyond the reach of my eager hailing,
Over the breakers' din;
Out where the dark storm-clouds are lifting,
Out where the blinding fog is drifting,
Out where the treacherous sand is shifting,
My ship is coming in.

Oh, I have watched till my eyes were aching,
Day after weary day;
Oh, I have hoped till my heart was breaking,
While the long nights ebbed away;
Could I but know where the waves had tossed her,
Could I but know what storms had crossed her,
Could I but know where the winds had lost her,
Out in the twilight gray!

But though the storms her course have altered,
Surely the port she'll win;
Never my faith in my ship has faltered,
I know she is coming in.
For through the restless ways of her roaming,
Through the mad rush of the wild waves foaming,
Through the white crest of the billows combing,
My ship is coming in.

Breasting the tides where the gulls are flying,
Swiftly she's coming in;
Shallows and deeps and rocks defying,
Bravely she's coming in;
Precious the love she will bring to bless me,
Snowy the arms she will bring to caress me,
In the proud purple of kings she will dress me.
My ship that is coming in.

White in the sunshine her sails will be gleaming,
See, where my ship comes in;
At mast-head and peak her colors streaming,
Proudly she 's sailing in;
Love, hope, and joy on her decks are cheering.
Music will welcome her glad appearing.
And my heart will sing at her stately nearing,
When my ship comes in.

" - Robert Jones Burdette
(1844 – 1914) American humorist and clergyman.
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"[Poem: about the importance of persistent hope]

'Never Despair'

Never despair! Let the feeble in spirit
Bow like the willow that stoops to the blast.
Droop not in peril! 'T is manhood's true merit
Nobly to struggle and hope to the last.

When by the sunshine of fortune forsaken
Faint sinks the heart of the feeble with fear,
Stand like the oak of the forest-unshaken,
Never despair - Boys - oh! never despair.

Never despair! Though adversity rages,
Fiercely and fell as the surge on the shore,
Firm as the rock of the ocean for ages,
Stem the rude torrent till danger is o'er.

Fate with its whirlwind our joys may all sever,
True to ourselves, we have nothing to fear.
Be this our hope and our anchor for ever -
Never despair - Boys - oh! never despair.

" - William Smith O'Brien
(1803 – 1864) Irish Nationalist and Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Young Ireland movement. He was convicted of sedition for his part in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848, but his sentence of death was commuted to deportation to Van Diemen's Land. In 1854, he was released on the condition of exile from Ireland, and he lived in Brussels for two years. In 1856 O'Brien was pardoned and returned to Ireland, but he was never active again in politics. [These lines were sent to Thomas Francis Meagher by William Smith O'Brien, the evening of Monday, October 8, 1848, the day on which sentence of death was passed upon him.]
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"[Poem:- about the importance of 'negative-bad' as well as 'positive-good' experiences for there are advantages in adversities, blessings in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc.]

'Blessed Are They'

...

Yea, truly, though joy's note be sweet,
Life does not thrill to joy alone.
The harp is incomplete
That has no deeper tone.

Unclouded sunshine overmuch
Falls vainly on the barren plain;
But fruitful is the touch
Of sunshine after rain!

Who only scans the heavens by day
Their story but half reads, and mars;
Let him learn how to say,
'The night is full of stars!'

...

" - Rossiter Worthington Raymond
(1840 – 1918) American mining engineer, legal scholar and author. At his memorial, the President of Lehigh University described him as 'one of the most remarkable cases of versatility that our country has ever seen - sailor, soldier, engineer, lawyer, orator, editor, novelist, story-teller, poet, biblical critic, theologian, teacher, chess-player - he was superior in each capacity. What he did, he always did well.'
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"[Poem:- about will-power, self-discipline and focused imagination]

'Will'

You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word 'environment,'
But spirit scorns it, and is free.

It masters time, it conquers space,
It cows that boastful trickster Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown and fill a servant's place.

The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew the way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.

Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey.

The river seeking for the sea
Confronts the dam and precipice,
Yet knows it cannot fail or miss;
You will be what you will to be!

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(1850-1919)
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"The faculty of [focused] imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses! " - Leonardo da Vinci

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"[Poem: about patience and persistence]

Learn to wait - hope's slow fruition;
Faint not, though the way seems long;
There is joy in each condition;
Hearts through suffering may grow strong.

" - Unknown

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"[Poem: about the value of persistence]

'Success'

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes,
Is oft but perseverance in disguise.
Continuous effort of itself implies,
In spite of countless falls, the power to rise.
'Twixt failure and success the print's so fine,
Men sometimes know not when they touch the line;
Just when the pearl is waiting one more plunge,
How many a struggler has thrown up the sponge!
As the tide goes clear out it comes clear in;
In business 'tis at turns, the wisest win;
And, oh, how true when shades of doubt dismay,
' 'Tis often darkest just before the day.'
A little more persistence, courage, vim,
Success will dawn o'er failure's cloudy rim.
Then take this honey for the bitterest cup;
There is no failure, save in giving up.
No real fall, so long as one still tries,
For seeming set-backs make the strong man wise.
There's no defeat, in truth, save from within;
Unless you're beaten there, you're bound to win.

" - C. C. Cameron

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