Harvey Fierstein on Persisting

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

~ Harvey Fierstein

Maggi Hambling on Duds

“In a way lockdown hasn’t remotely affected my routine,” she says. She gets up as normal at five, goes straight to the studio — “Stiffen the sinews, summon the blood” reads the sign on the door — and works until lunchtime, “often doing complete shit, but it’s only because you have done a lot of shit paintings that a good one will sort of produce itself”.

~ Maggi Hambling / Times, 09 May 2020

Brian Cox on the Long Haul

‘…It’s the long haul for you. You’ve got to understand that. You will have moderate success in your career. But it is the long haul that counts.’ And he was absolutely right.

~ Brian Cox / Financial Times, 17th January 2020

John Quincy Adams on Patience

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

~ John Quincy Adams

Seamus Heaney on Perseverance

“Macoige of Lismore, for instance,
Who, when asked which attribute
Of character was best, replied
“Steadiness, for it is best

When a man has set his hand to tasks
To persevere. I have never heard
Fault found with that.”

~ Seamus Heaney



Albert Camus on Perseverance

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

~ Albert Camus, The Fall

George Foreman on Perseverance

“Defeat is never easy; but you gotta getup, brush off your backside, spit in your palms and say “I can go one more round.” Do it 100 times”

~ George Foreman

Marcus Aurelius on Obstacles

“You have to assemble your life yourself … if you accept the obstacle and work with what you’re given, an alternative will present itself—another piece of what you’re trying to assemble.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Seneca on Acceptance

“All the things which cause complaint or dread are like the taxes of life—things from which … you should never hope for exemption or seek escape.”

~ Seneca

Epictetus on Perseverance

“Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.”

~ Epictetus

Marcus Aurelius on Obstacles

“Our actions may be impeded … but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.”

~ Marcus Aurelius