Let these poems about perseverance encourage 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!
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.
Poet: George Eliot
Failure after long perseverance is
much grander than never to
have a striving good enough
to be called a failure.
Success In Life
If you wish success in life
Make perseverance your bosom friend,
Experience your wise counselor,
Caution your elder brother
And hope your guardian genius.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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're 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! and thou shalt surely reap
A heavenly harvest for thy toil.
Little by Little
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.
Perseverance and Tenacity
by George Henry Hubbard
"Perseverance conquers all things," said the Roman.
That is abstract and stately.
General Grant made it concrete and expressive as his army in the Wilderness.
"I shall fight it out on this line if it takes all summer," said he.
There was tenacity. There was determination that would hold
to its purpose so long as life remained. Such a spirit is bound to win.
A prominent statesman, being asked to name
the secret of political success in a single word,
replied, "Stick-to-it-iveness," There you have it again, — tenacity.
If more of our youth would learn that secret,
it would contribute much to their peace and prosperity.
Society is flooded with men and women who have
no tenacity, no determination, no stick-to-it-iveness.
Then do not begrudge long years of preparation and discipline;
for these alone can give you the fundamentals of character,
which insure success in this world and a safe journey to the next.
Jesus gave thirty years to preparation for less than three years' work.
Do you wonder that his work lasts?
Moses was eighty years in the tanner's pit of preparation.
Is it strange that his life wears to this day?
The apostle Paul devoted three years to solitary
meditation in the Arabian desert before he began his Christian work.
Does not that account for the enduring influence of his epistles?
The gospel of John was fashioned after more than a half a century of Christian
experience and service, and even the critics cannot break it or wear it out.