perserverence quotes

I appreciate that what’s good in life won’t come easy. It simply won’t. Without the obstacles, the trials, the tears, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I’m proud. I’m proud that I decided to stand not fall, to swim not sink, to dream not die. I’m proud I’ve made it this far and that I’m still willing to keep going. I want the good despite the challenges. I want to say that I’ve stared life in the face and won my battles. My fight isn’t over quite yet.
The hardship of the exercises is intended less to strengthen the back than to toughen the mind. The Spartans say that any army may win while it still has its legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone.

Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Out of the night that blinds me,
with scars that define and remind,
I look forward at what’s to be
as my chains become untwined.

Though my search for glory is unended
and my legs are weary from the chase,
step by step, my spirit is undaunted
and unafraid to continue the race.

Through trials of struggle and pain,
beaten by the shadows of fear,
I’ve mended my heart and started again
to overcome and to persevere.

Yes, the path was not always straight,
and numbered with many great trials and tolls,
but I will follow the calling of my fate.
I am the one with the unconquerable soul.

—  Unconquerable Soul, @actuarialturtle

You can transcend all negativity when you realize that the only power it has over you is your belief in it. As you experience this truth about yourself, you are set free.

Eileen Caddy