9 Poems About Perseverance

Let these poems about perseverance encouraged you to keep moving forward no matter what difficulties you face. Find a way around the obstacles, do not just give up, in other words, persevere. It is those who persevere that make it to the finish line.

A proverb that many of us have heard over the years, "Fall seven times and stand up eight", are wise words and demonstrates what perseverance is. One of our favorite lines that describes perseverance and the importance of it was said by Thomas Edison, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." It is when we quit that we fail!

We hope these poems inspire you to persevere!

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  1. No Time Like The Present
    Poet: Phoebe Cary


    If you’re told to do a thing,
    And mean to do it really,
    Never let it be by halves;
    Do it fully, freely.

    Do not make a poor excuse,
    Waiting, weak, unsteady;
    All obedience worth the name
    Must be prompt and ready.

    If you’re told to learn a task,
    And you should begin it,
    Do not tell your teacher, "Yes,
    I’m coming in a minute."

    Waste not moments nor your words
    In telling what you could do
    Some other time; the present is
    For doing what you should do.



  2. Failure
    by George Eliot


    Failure after long perseverance is
    much grander than never to
    have a striving good enough
    to be called a failure.



  3. Success In Life
    by Webster


    If you wish success in life
    Make perseverance your bosom friend,
    Experience your wise counselor,
    Caution your elder brother
    And hope your guardian genius.



  4. Perseverance
    Poet Unknown


    The pine that stands upon the wooded mountain
    Gains not in stature in a single day;
    The noble river springs not from one fountain,
    But gathers up its strength along its way.

    The aloe hears for years the autumn’s dirges,
    Before it shows its blossoms to the skies;
    The coral reef, that breaks the ocean’s surges,
    Through centuries of growth alone can rise.

    Thus, through her works, Dame Nature offers ever
    For our acceptance one persistent thought:
    ’Tis but by patient, sturdy, brave endeavor,
    The greatest, best, and grandest things are wrought.



  5. Perseverance
    Poet Unknown


    It's the coward who quits to misfortune,
    'Tis the knave who changes each day,
    'Tis the fool who wins half the battle,
    Then throws all his chances away.
    There is little life but labor.
    And the morning may find that a dream;
    Success is the bride of endeavor,
    And luck but a meteor's gleam.
    The time to succeed is when others,
    Discouraged, show traces of tire;
    The battle is fought in the home-stretch,
    And won twixt the flag and the wire.



  6. Patience and Perseverance
    by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley


    So long as our existence lasts,
    we must not give up the duty of cheerfulness and hope.
    He who has guided us through the day,
    will guide us through the night also.
    The pillar of darkness often turns into a pillar of fire.
    Have patience and perseverance;
    believe that there is still a future before us,
    and we shall at last reach the haven where we would be.



  7. Keep At It
    by W. M. S.


    In any business, art or undertaking, very little is
    accomplished without time and perseverance.

    It is not the man who rushes enthusiastically into
    anything for a few weeks, and easily gives up
    when he finds success is not immediately forthcoming,
    that makes his mark in the world;

    But it is the man, who, day after day,
    month after month steadily plods along
    confidently believing he will succeed,
    who does finally accomplish his end.

    Very little can be accomplished on the
    spur of the moment.
    A man must begin at the bottom and work up.
    This is the rule of business life,
    Accepting this fact no man will fall short of his desire,
    if he only keeps at it.



  8. Press On
    Poet: Park Benjamin


    Press on! surmount the rocky steeps,
    Climb boldly o'er the torrent's arch:
    He fails alone who feebly creeps.
    He wins who dares a hero's march.
    Be thou a hero! let thy might
    Tramp on eternal snows its way,
    And, through the ebon walls of night,
    Hew down a passage unto day.

    Press on! if once and twice thy feet
    Slip back and stumble, harder try;
    From him who never dreads to meet
    Danger and death, they'er sure to fly.
    To coward's ranks the bullet speeds,
    While on their breast who never quail,
    Gleams guardian of chivalric deeds,
    Bright courage, like a coat of mail.

    Press on! if fortune play thee false
    To-day, to-morrow she'll be true;
    Whom now she sinks, she now exalts, —
    Taking old gifts and granting new,
    The wisdom of the present hour
    Makes up for follies past and gone:
    To weakness strength succeeds, and power
    From frailty springs — press on! press on!

    Therefore, press on! and reach the goal,
    And gain the prize and wear the crown:
    Faint not! for to the steadfast soul
    Come wealth, and honor, and renown,
    To thine own self be true, and keep
    Thy mind from sloth, thy heart from soil;
    Press on I and thou shalt surely reap
    A heavenly harvest for thy toil.



  9. Little by Little
    Poet: Unknown


    One step and then another,
    And the longest walk is ended;
    One stitch and then another,
    And the largest rent is mended;
    One brick upon another,
    And the highest wall is made;
    One flake upon another,
    And the deepest snow is laid.

    So the little coral workers,
    By their slow and constant motion
    Have buiit up pretty islands
    In the distant dark blue ocean;
    And the nobler undertakings
    Man's wisdom hath conceived,
    By oft-repeated efforts
    Have been patiently achieved.

    Then, do not look disheartened
    Over the work you have to do,
    And say that such a mighty task
    You never can get through,
    But just endeavor day by day
    Another point to gain,
    And soon the mountain that you feared
    Will prove to be a plain.

    "Rome was not builded in a day,"
    The ancient proverb teaches;
    And Nature by her trees and flowers,
    The same sweet sermon preaches.
    Think not of far-off duties,
    But of duties which are near;
    And, having once begun to work;
    Resolve to persevere.

 
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