37 Inspiring Quotes About Never Giving Up

UPDATED: June 24, 2024
PUBLISHED: April 6, 2017
young man running up steps who will never give up

Achieving a goal is a wildly exhilarating thing. If you’re flirting with the idea of giving up, you could be throwing away something wonderful―your best future.

There’s going to be anxiety about uncertainty and fear about failing, but push yourself to keep going. After all, you’ll never know how close you are to succeeding if you quit now.

To channel some positive momentum, keep these 37 motivating quotes at the top of your mind. And never give up.

Persist

“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ―James A. Michener
  • “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ―James A. Michener
  • “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” ―Winston Churchill
  • “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

Have a winning mindset

  • “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” ―Vince Lombardi
  • “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” ―Theodore Roosevelt
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ―Nelson Mandela
  • “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ―Lao Tzu
  • “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ―Mark Twain

Never stop trying

  • “How long should you try? Until.” ―Jim Rohn
  • “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ―Harriet Beecher Stowe
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ―Elbert Hubbard
  • “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” ―Elbert Hubbard
  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ―Steve Jobs
  • “You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” ―Babe Ruth
  • “She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.” ―Beau Taplin
  • “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” ―Joel Brown

Remember your ‘why’

“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” ―Winston Churchill
  • “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” ―Winston Churchill
  • “When you know your ‘why,’ then your ‘what’ has more impact because you’re working toward your purpose.” ―Michael Jr.
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ―Dale Carnegie
  • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” ―Walt Whitman
  • “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” ―Christian D. Larson

Remember it’s supposed to be hard

  • “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ―Harriet Beecher Stowe
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius
  • “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius
  • “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ―Henry Ford
  • “You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up, but you don’t give up.” ―Chuck Yeager
  • “Self-pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” ―Helen Keller
  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ―Thomas Edison
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

Keep moving, no matter your pace

  • “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” ―Confucius
  • “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” ―Stephen Richards
“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds.” ―Jesse Jackson
  • “If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender and rise up against the odds.” ―Jesse Jackson
  • “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ―Molière
  • “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” ―Vince Lombardi

Dig deep to keep yourself motivated

“Survival can be summed up in three words―never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” ―Bear Grylls
  • “Survival can be summed up in three words―never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” ―Bear Grylls
  • “Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.” ―Marcus Aurelius
  • “Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ―Conrad Hilton
  • “Fall seven times; stand up eight.” ―Japanese proverb
  • “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” ―C.C. Scott

This article was updated June 2024. Photo by True Touch Lifestyle/Shutterstock.com

Lydia Sweatt

Lydia Sweatt is a freelance writer, bookworm, and bass guitar enthusiast. When she goes outside, a bicycle goes with her.