50 Memorable Tenacity Quotes to Help You Rise Again

There has been centuries’ worth of research done on how to achieve success in life. Some say it is wealth; others say it is power. Some people say it is only a matter of luck. All of these, no doubt, can make you successful, they won’t get you to success by themselves.

All successful people in life have one thing in common. They never give up. They are tenacious through and through. Their tenacity is what makes them wake up every morning and complete their struggle. They have faced many obstacles in their lives, and they have overcome each of them.

Here are some of the most powerful tenacity quotes that will keep you motivated.

50 Memorable Tenacity Quotes

1. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas A. Edison

2. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

3. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” ― Louis Pasteur

4. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” ― Teddy Roosevelt

5. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ― James A. Michener

6. “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” ― Louis D. Brandeis

7. “Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.” ― Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance

8. “Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” ― Lucretius

9. “People can be at their most vulnerable, but still tenacious at the same time.” ― Toni Bernhard

10. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher

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11. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

12. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” ― H.G. Wells

13. “Common man’s patience will bring him more happiness than common man’s power.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

14. “The only reason I can’t jump in and engage life is that I’ve told myself I can’t. Yet I can’t help wondering would happen if I told myself I could?” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

15. “It’s AUDACITY and TENACITY that will get you there. TALENT is least important.” ― Darnell Lamont Walker

16. “The giant tree you see today was once a small seed that held its ground.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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17. “You are about to succeed when the urge to quit is the greatest.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

18. “My vision need not be bigger than the obstacles. It just needs to be more determined.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

19. “Faith is the tenacity to trust God, even if He does not give you what you prayed for.” ― Gift Gugu Mona, The Essence of Faith: Daily Inspirational Quotes

20. “It’s not the length of my stride. It’s the fact that I’m walking.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, LPC

21. “Fully commit to being a person of formidable intelligence and tenacity and a champion focused on every aspect of your own life.” ― Germany Kent

22. “Until God gives up, I cannot. And because He won’t, I can’t.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

23. “With will one can do wonders.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

24. “Tenacity, even when others might give up, is the seed of drive that, when it matures, gives rise to the undefeatable motivation that defines a warrior.” ― Eldon Henson, Achieving your best day yet! A more fulfilling career… a more impactful life

25. “Hope crushed is never hope killed.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, The Eighth Page: A Christmas Journey

26. “I believe inspiring trust with transparency and tenacity is the keystone to doing business.” ― Ashwin Muthiah, Chairman, AM International

27. “No matter what is going on, never give up because there is tenacity in you!” ― Marge Castillon Di Blasio

28. “Any accomplishment rests far more in determination than ability, for determination is the greatest ability of all.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

29. “Half the failures of this world arise from pulling in one’s horse as he is leaping.” ― Augustus William Hare, Guesses at Truth: By Two Brothers

30. “Tenacity is strength in adversity.” ― Martin Uzochukwu Ugwu

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31. “Re-wilding is a story of nature’s amazing capacity to rebound. It tells of the resilience of birch and pine, the dogged persistence of badger and fox, of dandelion and vine, the dark and voiceless worlds of algae and fungi.” ― Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action

32. “If it didn’t go all that well today, tomorrow is the opportunity that I have to do what I did today without doing it the way that I did it today.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

33. “I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. None of us does. That’s why we get up and go on because, until forever comes, you can’t stay where you are.” ― Marie Bostwick, Just in Time

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34. “Tomorrow’s successes are evidence of yesterday’s dreams that have been wrestled alive by today’s sacrifices.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

35. “Despite the ferocity of the current, a river is always moving but it’s always in the same place. And much like a river, while we should surge forward with great ferocity, our principles should never move.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

36. “When we see an indistinct flower rise to full bloom through an inconspicuous split in the rock, this inspires hope, faith, and highlights the strength of the gentle flower over the seemingly mighty rock. Suddenly we view the impossible as possible again. Your challenges and tough times may appear as the rigid, prominent and oppressive rocks that force you down, but the splendo r of the rose is born through the power of inner wisdom, natural law, and tenacity over tribulation as she ascends toward glory. Even the most beautiful roses lay dormant during winter; life’s darkness is simply a shadow that we can seek our light through.” ― christine evangelou, Rocks Into Roses: Life Lessons and Inspiration for Personal Growth

37. “Tenacity is the dance within the art of opportunity” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

38. “The most stubborn of creatures often make the most decisive individuals. Keep your pride in your tenacity, my dear. This world would be a lesser place if women such as us did not have that.” ― Hollow Ryan, Hawthorn

39. “If something doesn’t work, try something different. Don’t go ball up, cry in a corner, and say, “Woe is me.” Kick yourself in the pants and force yourself to get on to the next alternative.” ― Amber Hurdle, The Bombshell Business Woman: How to Become a Bold, Brave, and Successful Female Entrepreneur

40. “The one quality that all successful business leaders have in common is tenacity.” ― Trevor Throness

41. “At the very moment when people underestimate you is when you can make a breakthrough.” ― Germany Kent

42. “Life may try to knock you down but be persistent with your passions – cultivate grit, resilience, tenacity and endurance – success will come.” ― Amit Ray

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43. “To fall is not to fail. To fail is to never fall because I never got up in the first place.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

44. “In the end, you will not see the physical beauty in others that caught your eye, but the fire that burned within them. This kind of beauty is the bonfire you had to attend.” ― Shannon L. Alder

45. “If you lose one battle, don’t give up. Get up again, you have a war to win.” ― Sira Masetti

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46. “Almost more than talent you need tenacity, and an infinite capacity for rejection, if you are to succeed.” ― Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart & The Destiny of Me

47. “A commitment to never getting knocked down is in reality a decision to never stand up.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

48. “The great mountain when seen from a distance shall always seem closer to us but to get to it, and to climb to its apex to get the best view, we may need to take and experience the real walk with resilience and tenacity.” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

49. “Life is a journey of tenacity. Only the tough gets to the top through the storm. Take the steps one by one though the errand may be arduous. Never give up though you may grow weary. Think of the purpose though its attainment may be tough. Dare to get to the crown though you may meet the obstacles. You are never born to relax all day but to dare to do the undone. If only it is reasonable enough within the real reasons of your life, and if your soul and spirit convince you of getting it done, then, you have the real reasons to dare for the crown.” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah, The Arduous Errand: A Voyage Across the Ocean

50. “Tenacity is the mother of progress.” ― Valerie M. Hudson, Sex and World Peace

Tenacity – A keystone in our life! | Raquel Estrada | TEDxUMDearborn

Raquel Estrada brings her experiences to the forefront through TEDx. Her talk – ‘Tenacity – A keystone in our life!’ – deals with unshackling the invisible boundaries we end up confining ourselves in.


Tenacity is one of the deciding factors of success. While genius and talent are important, it’s the ability to remain focused on your goals and navigate the obstacles that will help you achieve your dreams.

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