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I said, other people can write songs, let's see if I can. So the first 400 or 500 wound up on the floor somewhere. Then I wrote one called Melissa. (Gregg Allman)

Do it no matter what. If you believe in it, it is something very honorable. If somebody around you or your family does not understand it, then that's their problem. But if you do have a passion, an honest passion, just do it. (Mario Andretti)

My determination becomes colder to grab this twitching, living monster, and lock it away in crystal-clear, sharp lines and planes, to quell it and strangle it. I do not weep: I loathe tears, for they are a sign of slavery. (Max Beckmann)

resolute, adj. Obstinate in a course that we approve. (Ambrose Bierce)

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Obstinacy in a bad cause, is but constancy in a good. (Thomas Browne)

When you've figured out what you want to ask for, do it with certainty, boldness and confidence. (Jack Canfield)

My mountain is dead. As soon as she has dried, I'll bury her under a decent layer of white paint. But I haven't done with the old lady; far from it! (Emily Carr)

Determination means to use every challenge you meet as an opportunity to open your heart and soften, determined to not withdraw. (Pema Chodron)

Where the determination is, the way can be found. (George S. Clason)

We should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and humility for our present progress and prosperity. We should be filled with awe and joy at what lies over the horizon. And we should be filled with absolute determination to make the most of it. (Bill Clinton)

Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you. (Bill Cosby)

Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out. (E. Joseph Cossman)

I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will. (Richard Dawkins)

Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it's done right. (Walt Disney)

Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

Decide what you think is right and stick to it. (George Eliot)

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. (George Eliot)

The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

If necessary, I would even paint with my bottom. (Jean-Honore Fragonard)

However depressed I may be I am not in the habit of giving up a project without having tried everything, even the 'impossible', to gain my end. (Paul Gauguin)

Paint until you feel physical strain - take a break and then paint some more. (Irwin Greenberg)

When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God's help. (Robert Half)

Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. (Washington Irving)

Today I am determined to go through the day with ought hurting myself, or another, with my thoughts or my actions. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

Too many people let others stand in their way and don't go back for one more try. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter)

If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. (Paul Keating)

Nothing worthwhile ever happens quickly and easily. You achieve only as you are determined to achieve... (Robert H. Lauer)

When you've got it, you've got it. When you haven't, you begin again. All the rest is humbug. (Edouard Manet)

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. (Peter Marshall)

My art... consists not in defeating others, but in not being defeated. (Samurai Master)

Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it's a small price to pay for living a dream. (Peter McWilliams)

-Jealous of the Dawn...
But no words will change my desire / My determination born of love / My will to set my eccentric sight / On an ever exquisite dawn (Kenji Miyazawa)

It goes without saying that I will do anything at any price to pull myself out of a situation like this [rejection] so that I can start work immediately on my next Salon picture and ensure that such a thing should not happen again. (Claude Monet)

If you're sufficiently tenacious and interested, you can accomplish what you want to accomplish in this world. (Alice Neel)

I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds. (Louis Nizer)

When we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen... Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose. (Steven Pressfield)

It doesn't matter how you grew up, or what you've struggled with in life - your mind is unscathed by any circumstance you've yet to live... and it's phenomenally powerful. (Bob Proctor)

Just keep going - no feeling is final. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse. (Jim Rohn)

You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

If you stick to your work it will take care of you somehow. (Kiki Smith)

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. (Henry David Thoreau)

The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit. (Mark Twain)

The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse. (Author unknown)

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. (Denis Waitley)


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