Quotes on Perseverance

Where there are challenges, you fail only if you fail to keep trying! — Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, November 1980, p. 5

Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic.  It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen.  It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying. . . . We must never give up, regardless of temptations, frustrations, disappointments, or discouragements. — Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, November 1987, p. 8

“Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work.  And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.”  (D&C 64:33)

The urgings for us not to weary in well-doing contain prescriptions to avoid such weariness.  We are to work steadily, but realistically, and only expect to reap “in due season.”  We are to serve while being “meek and lowly,” avoiding thereby the wearying burdens of self-pity and hypocrisy.  We are to pray always so that we will not faint, so that our performance will actually be for the welfare of our souls, which is so much more than just going through the motions. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, General Conference, April 1999

People sell themselves short and don’t think they’re capable of achieving their wildest dreams.  But I think if we’re children of God and he is infinite, then our potential is limitless. — Ryan S. Shepherd from “Leading Man,” BYU Magazine, Summer 2004, p. 8

Never allow your courage to fail you; man’s greatest works have been done by men of patience, perseverance, and a determined will which would acknowledge no defeat. — Jessee, Dean C., ed., Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons, 1974, p. 249

Nothing worthy of obtaining is ever engaged by us without perseverance.  “There is no excellency without labor.”  You must, therefore, strive on. — Jessee, Dean C., ed., Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons1974, p. 313

The men and women who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle with the enemy of all righteousness every day . . . “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication . . .”  Let us see to it that we are ready for the enemy, to baffle him at every point, contending bravely against him until he is successfully repulsed. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 11:14, 15