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158 Powerful Determination Quotes To Push Through The Tough Times



To execute properly, you need to be determined and these quotes are the perfect place to begin.

I find that my level of success is closely related to my level of determination. I’m able to get through the toughest of challenges and setbacks that have (for the most part) become a thing of the past. In short, it’s taken me a lot of determination to achieve the goals that I had set out for myself 3 to 5 years ago.

And yet, I continue striving forward. I’m always seeking to push through even tougher times and take on the next challenge that life throws at me. Not only do I seek more accomplishments for myself, but I hope to inspire you to build the life you always dreamed of.

Use these determination quotes as fuel for your journey ahead. It isn’t easy, and at times will test your level of work ethic, but it’s absolutely worth it!

1. If you are going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

2. If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.

Les Brown

3. Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.

Abraham Lincoln

4. Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.

Henry Van Dyke

5. Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Winston Churchill

6. The path to success is to take massive, determined action.

Tony Robbins

7. Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.

Ian Duncan Smith

8. It’s not about money or connections — it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone… And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.

Mark Cuban

9. We will either find a way, or make one!


10. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

Roger Dawson

11. It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.

Napoleon Hill

12. You can’t go buy drive. They don’t sell it. It comes from here (your heart).

Eric Thomas

13. To succeed… you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.

Tony Dorsett

14. A determined person will do more with a pen and paper, than a lazy person will accomplish with a personal computer.

Catherine Pulsifer

15. It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.

Kenneth J Hutchins

16. Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

17. Feel proud of your achievements, no matter how small they are, and create or renew a spark of determination within yourself so that you continue to work hard.

Amy Pendergrass

18. There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.

Vince Lombardi

19. If one does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.


20. We must be the epitome-the embodiment-of success. We must radiate success before it will come to us. We must first become mentally, from an attitude standpoint, the people we wish to become.

George Herbert Allen

21. The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Roger Bannister

22. I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.

Arnold Palmer

23. Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.

Brian Tracy

24. With a powerful desire, with a strong determination, and with a commitment to yourself, you can find ways to achieve your goals, and overcome challenges.

Catherine Pulsifer

25. Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it!

Hector Crawford

26. With a strong mind, you can realize most anything. Only you can determine what you desire most or what your deepest passion is in life.

Dale L. Roberts

27. We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.

Sonia Johnson

28. Anyone who works with or studies couples is left humbled and awed by the tenacity, resourcefulness, and grit of people who love each other and are determined to make their marriages work.

John Gottman

29. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

Roger Dawson

30. Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Dan Gable

31. Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these.

James Whitcomb Riley

32. Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli

33. If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

34. Your goal is not always going to be within your reach. At times you have to outstretch yourself to reach it.

Anesu Masamba

35. Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Jim Rohn

36. Work hard. Through determination and self-focus and discipline, you can accomplish anything.

Kimberly Guilfoyle

37. Determination becomes obsession and then it becomes all that matters.

Jeremy Irvine

38. Discipline automates habits which, in turn, determine your outcomes.

David Khalil

39. What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

40. No matter the number of times you fail you must be determined to succeed. You must not lose hope. Don’t stop in your storm.

Tony Narams

41. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

David J. Schwartz

42. Determination that just won’t quit — that’s what it takes.

A. J. Foyt

43. Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Devers

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

Horace Mann

45. Rewarding yourself, helps to build rapport and give yourself that extra boost and determination to hit the next goal.

James Fullerton

46. A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.

John Maxwell

47. Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.

Lora Leigh

48. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

49. If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.


50. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan

51. I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.

Gale Sayers

52. We can achieve anything we desire if we give ourselves the time and the right resources to learn, but these are worthless without the focus and determination to be successful.

Rosemary Peck

53. America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

Harry S. Truman

54. Successful people demonstrate their resilience through their dedication to making progress every day, even if that progress is marginal.

Jonathan Mills

55. Nothing really worth having comes quickly and easily. If it did, I doubt that we would ever grow.

Eknath Easwaran

56. In the end, there is an intimate connection between who one is at one’s core and what one does. So producing treasured results starts with the inner core of a person – that is, his or her character – and then moves to the outer world of dedicated, determined hard work.

Russell Grieger

57. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

58. Always remember that motivation gets you moving, but determination keeps you going.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

59. What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.

Peter F. Drucker

60. You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.

James J. Corbett

61. Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.

Benjamin Disraeli

62. I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.

Wilma Rudolph

63. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.

William Faulkner

64. I can see it because I know that I’m doing the one thing that helps achieve goals: dream them, determine the steps I need to take to achieve them – and then the hardest thing of all: exercise the determination to do the daily grind.

Larraine C Ladish

65. Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere that is what makes them extraordinary.

Catherine Pulsifer

66. Motivation can be found in many different ways, if you can focus on your determination to overcome the odds, rather than how easy it is to quit.

Dr. Phillip Terrance

67. As long as I have you there is just one other thing I’ll always need — tremendous self control.

Ashleight Brilliant

68. The mental state that you attain at a certain occasion, determines the quality of thoughts and actions you are going to make.

Hugo Reynolds

69. The most essential factor is persistence — the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.

James Whitcomb Riley

70. An organization is characterized by the nature and determination of employees’ duties tasks and responsibilities. While many organizations use different methods for determining these it is essential that they be clearly defined.

Meir Liraz

71. Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Charles Du Gaulle

72. If you are determined to live your best life, given your current circumstances, your life can be more fulfilling and purposeful than you ever thought possible. Be Determined. Be intentional.

Mark K Fry Sr

73. I could have given up a long time ago, but I never did. I truly believe that determination is the key to success in anything.

Elissa Montanti

74. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

75. You don’t need to be disciplined to develop your habit, you just need to have the desire and to be determined.

Matthew Lewis Browne

76. Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.

Dan Millman

77. Determination was a necessary component of my success, along with knowing what to do and how to do it.

Dianne Nahirny

78. What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations … is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts.

Hannah Arendt

79. Athletes can be ambassadors unlike any other and athletics can be a uniquely inclusive field. Greatness does not discriminate by color or creed or race, only by determination and hard, brutal work.

Darrin Wiggins

80. Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform.

Edward Young

81. I was determined I would succeed, and this was only a temporary detour. I needed my job and didn’t have the money to obtain a university degree, but I had determination and optimism.

Catherine Pulsifer

82. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.

George Lorimer

83. Victory is the child of preparation and determination.

Sean Hampton

84. Are you desperate or determined? With desperation comes frustration. With determination comes purpose, achievement, and peace.

James A. Murphy

85. I choose not be what the world is. Rather, I choose to be what the world says I cannot be.

Craig D. Lounsbrough

86. What it boils down to is this – it’s up to you to get hold of you mind, control it, quiet it. God does the rest. And immediately, as Eckhart says, “The being ready and the pouring in are all one act.

Nancy Pope

87. You will need to put in some time and real effort to change your way of thinking. It is going to require a lot of practice and determination, but the results will be amazing.

Ryan Nolte PhD

88. If you will not strive to break these old habits and have that willingness and determination to replace it with better ones, then your efforts toward personal development will all be in vain.

Mia Conrad

89. A specific goal is a goal with a detailed and determined outcome in mind.

Tom Laurie

90. Courage is the foundation of determination. Determination and courage are the cornerstones of success.

M. K. Soni

91. So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.

Og Mandino

92. Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.

Burt Lawlor

93. Your mindset determines how you perceive and connect to the world around you.

Joseph Taylor

94. Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.

Arthur Schopenhauer

95. Determination is only available to those who persevere and have the attitude of never giving up just because one thing did not work.

Byron Pulsifer

96. I like to think that I’ve got determination, and I’m fiercely protective of the people I love.

Andrew Lincoln

97. A survivor is someone who looks at the situation , no matter how dark it is , and is determined not to let this reality wreck their life.

Carol O’Hanlon

98. Working hard, being patient and being full of determination is perhaps the most fulfilling way of becoming rich.

Robert Gardner

99. People driven by intention are described as having a strong will that won’t permit anything to interfere with achieving their inner desire.

Wayne Dyer

100. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.

Vince Lombardi Jr.

101. Perseverance was forged in the fires of your own determination. Its powers are activated when we ignore the negativity and keep working towards our goals.

Jake Smith

102. He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

103. The comfortable routine of idleness infiltrates deep in the soul, robbing the motivation and determination to prosper.

Edna Guttmann

104. The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.

Ben Herbster

105. The determination to win is the better part of winning.

Daisaku Ikeda

106. Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

107. Yes, you can have the very best God offers, but you will have to be determined to never give up until you have succeeded in every area of life.

Joyce Meyer

108. It is by fighting the limitations, temptations, and failures of the world that we reach our highest possibilities.

Helen Keller

109. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.

Tommy Lasorda

110. To someone who is call to greatness in life, you will see the person will have such determination, determination beyond the ordinary.

Nicole Gopher

111. Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

William James

112. They were learning what it means to have faith, determination, and the importance of hard work – three essentials for success in life.

Robert P. Holland

113. When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.

Zig Ziglar

114. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.

Elbert Hubbard

115. Inner strength is comprised of moral conviction, self-discipline, determination, and compassion.

Greg Henry Quinn

116. I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.

David Livigstone

117. I passionately believe that coming second is coming nowhere and I hope that anyone reading this will realise that having set a goal for your life, whatever it may be, your level of education or your background will not always have a negative effect on the achievement of your goal if you have a relentless determination to win.

Robert J. Stewart

118. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

Beverly Sills

119. Determination should be the key to do what is necessary, even if it is not opportune and expedient. Even if you are not in the mood, and even if it takes more than you expected, is not fair, or you have to contribute more than others do, keep on persevering.

Joginder Singh

120. Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.

J. Donald Walters

121. He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.

John Foster

122. He had big dreams. He had no formal education beyond high school, yet he had determination and was very persistent.

Catherine Pulsifer

123. They say love will find a way. I know determination will.

Ronnie Milsap

124. No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.

B. Dodge

125. When you are willing to replace mundane excuses with hard work and your laziness with determination, nothing can prevent you from succeeding.

Dr. Prem Jagyasi

126. When we persist through determination with a positive mind-set then in time our results will prove to be the mirror image of the dreams we once arose from to reach our greatness.

Paul Odafe Akpomukai

127. Determination, and flaming determination, is the driving spirit of every achievement aimed at breaking through the challenges.

Salam Al Shereida

128. Where you are going to matters more than what you are going through.

Moffat Machingura

129. Changing your career is not something that happens overnight, but it is something that can happen over time. With some hard work, patience and determination, I know anyone can do it.

John Allen

130. Not everything in life is achievable by a straight path.

Priyanka Agarwal

131. When you know what you want and you want it badly enough, you will find the ways to get it.

Jim Rohn

132. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

Og Mandino

133. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

134. Stay focused and stay determined. Don’t look to anyone else to be your determination – have self-determination. It will take you very far.

Justice Smith

135. You can only succeed when you are determined because with determination, you will be able to look for solutions to your problems even if it seems impossible to do.

Aidin Safavi

136. The great leaders of the past also shared one amazing trait, the incredible power of determination. When others had failed, others had missed opportunities; they had the drive, the resolve, the thirst to make change to their existence.

Sonny Kalar

137. There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

138. While I didn’t find the success I’d hoped for right away, it was that focus and determination that propelled me forward and kept me on a better path.

Roy Huff

139. Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of.

Bethany Hamilton

140. As children, we don’t get to pick the ways in which we’re loved. But then we grow up, and if we’re smart and prepared and very determined, every once in a while we actually do get the life we wanted.

Oprah Winfrey

141. In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing.

General George S Patton, Jr.

142. This is for all of you out there tonight, reaching for a dream – don’t ever give up! Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!

Mariah Carey

143. If you can’t climb the highest mountain any more, go to the closest hill. It is better than staying at the bottom thinking you can’t do it.

Nico J. Genes

144. Remember anything you start doing, it will take time, practice, and determination to become better organized. Just by making small incremental changes, day by day, can have a lasting impact on your future.

Curt Hinson

145. Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.

Mario Andretti

146. Determination makes you willing to do and determines what you are willing to do. Thus, determination is the impetus for persistence and perseverance for taking action.

Dorothy Wehunt

147. A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.

Robert Hughes

148. The truth is that through sheer will and determination, these people transformed their visions into realities. Nothing was handed to them, and, more importantly, they never gave up.

Jason Navallo

149. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

Colin Powell

150. Sometimes will is what eventually makes the difference.

Maria Karvouni

151. Just remember that a mountain is not taken down in one big scoop but is done by taking one small chuck away at time.

Byron Pulsifer

152. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.

Mark Cuban

153. A determination to succeed is the only way to succeed that I know anything about.

William Feather

154. Willpower is essential to the accomplishment of anything worthwhile.

Brian Tracy

155. The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.

Channing Pollock

156. A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

Vince Lombardi

157. If you find that sitting quietly evokes more negative emotions than positive, you’re going to need determination and plenty of practice in order to gain control over your thoughts.

Jennifer Alison

158. The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose and in the invincible determination.

Vince Lombardi

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