Saturday, November 6, 2010

Persistent People

"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
- Samuel Johnson
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. "
- Louis Pasteur
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
- Winston Churchill

"Man can accept his fate,
He can refuse.

"Fate shall be changed by an unchanging will."

- Sri Aurobindo, Savitri

I do not give up,
I never give up,
For there is nothing
In this entire world
That is irrevocably unchangeable.

- Sri Chinmoy

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
- Thomas Jefferson

"I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right."
- Albert Einstein

There is a famous saying - 'genius is one % inspiration and 99% perspiration' Great people tend to be persistent, determined and unperturbed by set back and defeat. If we look at people who changed the world, we see great characters who persisted even in the most difficult circumstances. For example, Nelson Mandela who spent most of his life in jail or fighting the injustice of the apartheid system. He could easily have chosen an easier option in life.

Persistence should not be a stubborn persistence that ignores when you have made a mistake or are in the wrong. Persistence is valuable when we never give up dreaming of becoming a better person and making the world a better place.


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