Wednesday, November 5, 2014



An animal that exemplifies perseverance has to be the Pacific salmon.  Maybe a close contender would be a leaf-cutter ant trudging for kilometres with a burden many times its size.    Driven by some primal directive to return to the stream where it was hatched to spawn, the salmon suffers, endures and in more cases than you might think succeeds.   After spawning, it dies.   Hardly seems fair.

For humans, there is no guarantee that perseverance will achieve the goal.  On the other hand, not much can be achieved without it.   As hockey great Wayne Gretsky once said, "The harder I try, the luckier I get." 

Here are some interesting quotes that encourage perseverance to the point of stubbornness.  I like the ones by Confucius.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Or Thomas Edison, of the thousand attempts to invent a lightbulb:

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Here's something to inspire students who don't get 'A's:

“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.”
― Calvin Coolidge

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