- Perseverance is commitment, hard work,
- Perseverance is being able to bear
difficulties calmly and without complaint.
- Perseverance is trying again and
You show perseverance when you
- Give up your tv time to spend hours
- Try a new sport that is very difficult but
you don't give up
- Have a learning disability but keep
studying even when discouraged
- Come from a home where there is fighting
and unhappiness but you still try your best
- Have missed a week of school but you work
hard to catch up
- Are at the end of a difficult race but you
cross the finish line
- Save money and make sacrifices to buy
- Spend hours practicing on your
- Study and work hard to raise your
- Try out for something you weren't
successful at the first time
- Failure is the path of least
- All things will come round to him who will
but wait. (Longfellow)
- Only those who have the patience to do
simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult
- Work hard and give it your best shot; never
be a quitter. (Charley Taylor)
More quotes on
- Victory belongs to the most persevering.
- Hitch your wagon to a star.
- To persevere, trusting in what hopes he
has, is courage to a man. (Euripides)
- You may be disappointed if you fail, but
you are doomed if you don't try. (Beverly Sills)
- Many strokes overthrow the tallest trees.
People who persevered despite
handicaps and disabilities
- Beethoven (composer) - was
- Ray Charles (musician) - is
- Thomas Edison (inventor) - had a learning
- Albert Einstein (scientist) - had a
- Terry Fox (runner) - is an amputee with
- Stevie Wonder (musician) - is
- James Earl Jones (actor) - was a
- Helen Keller (author) - was deaf and
- Marlee Matlin (actress) - is
- Franklin D. Roosevelt (president) - was
paralyzed from polio
- Vincent Van Gogh (artist) - was mentally
- Woodrow Wilson (president) - had a learning
- Itzhak Perlman (concert violinist) - was
paralyzed from the waist down
- Stephen Hawking (physicist) - had Lou
Gehrig's disease (of the nervous system)
- Susan B. Anthony was a women's rights
activist who spent her entire life working for a constitutional
amendment giving women the right to vote.
- Marie Curie was a physicist who published
32 scientific papers and continued to study sources of
radioactivity over many years.
- Amelia Earhart became famous as the first
woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and as an advocate of
aviation and women's rights.
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a great
American female athlete who excelled in many
- Benjamin Franklin was a leading scientist,
inventor, publisher, and politician whose persistence, patience,
and hard work paid off. He is on our $100 bill.
- Wilma Randolph was an Olympics Gold
medalist in track who was not able to walk properly as a
- El Chino was the first Chinese matador in
- Martin Luther King, Jr. worked very hard to
lead the civil rights movement in the 1960's. He withstood
prejudice and resistance to change.
Put perseverance into
- When something starts to bother you, wait
as long as you can before you express frustration.
- When something doesn't work right, try
again and again.
- Don't lose your temper when something
- Always finish what you
- Keep working at something that is difficult
until you complete it.
- Don't give up on difficult jobs or
- Focus on someone or something that
ordinarily makes you lose your patience and try to understand it
(and don't "lose it").
- Work a little harder or a few minutes
longer on a task that you do not like.
- Volunteer to work in the library, at a
nature center, or in an animal shelter doing tasks that require a
great deal of patience and persistence.
- Organize a campaign to promote good study
habits in your school.
- Help with the recycling project at your
school and community.
Not so cool ways to
- Escape or avoid your
- Blame yourself.
- Blame other people.
- Blame chance.
- Blame other things, forces, or
Cool ways to
- Face and accept what happens in your
- Express your feelings.
- Write about your feelings.
- Get help if you need it.
- Try to make it better.
- Take good care of yourself.
- Learn and grow from your experiences,
including the ones that hurt.
- Write in your journal about difficult
situations and how you handled them without giving
- Write a poem about suffering, what you can
learn from it, how to face it, how not to hurt others, or anything
else about obstacles.
- Collect stories, poems, diaries, or
quotations by writers about persistence.
- Brainstorm cures for "the
- Learn what Galileo (a famous astronomer) or
other scientist endured with opposition faced during his or her
- Find out what help is there for people who
face difficult situations - counselors, psychologists, social
workers, psychiatrists, therapists.
- Create a skit that shows what to do when
- Explore the healing power of
- Explore the healing power of
- Explore the healing power of
- Put some extra effort into a project that
is difficult and try to improve your skill (like public speaking
or learning a dance).
Tortoise and the Hare - Aesop
The Carrot Seed - Krauss
El Chino - Say
John Henry - Lester
The Little Engine That Could - Piper
Mirette on the High Wire - McCully
Wagon Wheels - Brenner
Wilma Unlimited - Krull
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -
A Chair for My Mother - Williams
How Many Days to America? - Bunting
The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb - Climo
Pancakes for Breakfast - De Paola
The Wednesday Surprise - Bunting
Ginger Jumps - Ernst
The Little Red Hen
The Ox-Cart Man - Hall
The Three Little Pigs
The Tortoise and the Jack Rabbit - Lowell
Whistle for Willie - Keats
Snowflake Bentley - Martin
D.W. Flips - Brown
Hugh Can Do - Armstrong
A Little Pig Goes a Long Way - Loehr
Weslandia - Fleischman
Gandhi - Fisher
Mandela - Cooper
Sebastian: a Book About Bach - Winter
Leif's Saga - Hunt
Froggy Rides a Bike - London
The Big Wave - Buck
The Book of Virtues - Bennett
Call It Courage - Sperry
The Cay - Taylor
The Diary of a Young Girl - Frank
Dragonwings - Yep
Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell
Julie of the Wolves - George
Nothing Is Impossible - Potter
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Coerr
Sarah Plain and Tall - MacLachlan
Sing Down the Moon - O'Dell
Stone Fox - Gardiner
The Wheel on the School - DeJong
Reach Higher - Pippen
Wizards Hall - Yolen
Holes - Sachar
Hatchet - Paulsen
Weasel - DeFelice
Amelia Writes Again! - Moss
Catherine Called Birdy - Cushman
Ellen Anders On Her Own - Hirsch
Heads or Tails: Stories from the Sixth Grade - Gantos
The Lion and the Unicorn - Hughes
Sky Pioneer: a Photobiography of Amelia Earhart - Szabo
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