Quotes and Sayings about Determination



"Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Courage, Determination, Freedom, Struggle)

"It is with deep regret that the determination to assemble Parliament has been so long delayed."
- Henry Addington
(Related: Determination, Deep, Parliament, Regret)

"I would argue that the next President, either Bush or Gore, should strike a 'national' posture, exhibiting generosity toward the defeated opponent, but proceeding with determination to implement an agenda."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Determination, Generosity, President)

"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
(Related: Success, Motivation, Determination, Goal, Commitment, Desire, Excellence, Key, Pursuit, Will)

"The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan. Clearly, the American war planners misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces."
- Peter Arnett
(Related: War, Determination, American, First, Now, Trying)

"So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not just in the books but enforced, and enforced with determination. There is no space and no room for democratic consultation. The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to discuss it anymore? Just implement it!"
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Determination, Books, Law, Space, State, Want)

"Each story we approach in the same way, with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image."
- Martin Bashir
(Related: Determination, Curiosity, Interest)

"I don't think I have the stomach Veronica has. I think I have the determination and the stubbornness and a little bit of the go-get-em. But I think I'm about 20 percent more girl than Veronica is. There's a lot of Veronica that hits home with me, the sort of feisty area. But I think that I have a little bit more girl. I'd scream my head off if I saw a body in the freezer."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Home, Determination, Body)

"I don't think I have the stomach Veronica has. I think I have the determination and the stubbornness and a little bit of the go-get-em. But I think I'm about 20 percent more girl than Veronica is. There's a lot of Veronica that hits home with me, the sort of feisty area. But I think that I have a little bit more girl. I'd scream my head off if I saw a body in the freezer."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Home, Determination, Body)

"I decided that my means were sufficient to enable me to devote myself to botany, a determination which I never, during the long period of my subsequent career, had on any occasion any reason to repent of."
- George Bentham
(Related: Determination, Career, Reason)

"What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win."
- Patty Berg
(Related: Determination, Dedication, Desire, Will)

"I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism."
- Abebe Bikila
(Related: Determination, Country, Heroism, World)

"I want to believe that those who have been appointed to accomplish this mission will be totally committed, devoting all their skills and determination to their work. I urge you to lend them your support so that, together, we can build that bright future worthy of our country."
- Paul Biya
(Related: Work, Determination, Country, Future, Mission, Support, Want, Will)

"The spirit and determination of the people to chart their own destiny is the greatest power for good in human affairs."
- Matt Blunt
(Related: Power, People, Determination, Destiny, Spirit)

"The truest wisdom is a resolute determination."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Wisdom, Determination)

"Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune."
- Daniel Boone
(Related: Home, Life, Family, Determination, Fortune, Paradise, Kentucky, Risk)

"A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Determination, Failure, Succeed)

"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
(Related: Determination, Goals, Gifts, Will)

"Personally, I believe in self-determination, but in the context of one South Africa - so that my self-determination is based in this region, and with my people."
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi
(Related: People, Self)

"There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless - it's oppression."
- Amir Butler
(Related: Love, Americans, Desire, Doubt, Freedom, Oppression, Right, Self)

"I never deviated from my grim determination to someday have all the money I needed and wanted."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Money, Determination)

"Deep down, the Iraqi people want the United States out. And their self-determination should be respected."
- Peter Camejo
(Related: People, Deep, Self, states, United, Want)

"There's a lot of heartache because you don't always win. You need loads of determination."
- Pat Cash
(Related: Determination)

"Through the years you, the Delaware State family and your predecessors, have faced many challenges. You worked through them with fierce determination and good will, and you have made great progress."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: Family, Progress, Determination, State, Will, Years)

"At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else."
- Shirley Chisholm
(Related: Politics, Women, Determination, Country, Idealism, Needs, Present)

"Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination."
- Karl Von Clausewitz
(Related: Determination, Force)

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Education, Talent, Genius, People, Determination, Nothing, Persistence, Will, World)

"I was glad to hear of that determination as I detest the practice of cousins marrying or any marriage between persons in which there can be traced the most distant relationship. I go for the improvement instead of the deterioration of our race."
- Ezra Cornell
(Related: Marriage, Determination, Improvement, Practice, Race)

"Unfortunately it makes the unambiguous determination of triplets by these methods much more difficult than would be the case if there were only one triplet for each amino acid."
- Francis Crick
(Related: Determination)

"There is a very well-defined procedure that allows the Vatican to raise issues with a particular theologian about something that does not appear in conformity with the Catholic faith. It is not always easy to make this determination."
- Godfried Danneels
(Related: Faith, Determination, Conformity)

"Our task, of course, is to transmute the anger that is affliction into the anger that is determination to bring about change. I think, in fact, that one could give that as a definition of revolution."
- Barbara Deming
(Related: Anger, Change, Determination, Affliction, Fact, Revolution)

"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
(Related: Dreams, Faith, Work, Belief, Determination, Vision, Dedication, Hard work)

"I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time."
- Charles Dickens
(Related: Time, Determination, Diligence, Habits, Order, Punctuality)

"My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do."
- Ani DiFranco
(Related: Idea, Feminism, Needs, Open, Right, Self, Woman)

"But I'm good to go through my contract with Childress, and my determination is to win races and try to win that other championship."
- Dale Earnhardt
(Related: Determination)

"One of the things that made me persist in the Antarctic in the face of sickening discouragements was my determination to name a portion of the earth's surface after my father."
- Lincoln Ellsworth
(Related: Father, Determination, Earth, Name)

"I believe that ultimately the situation in Kosovo can only be resolved through self-determination."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Self)

"Rosa Parks' courage, determination, and tenacity continue to be an inspiration to all those committed to non-violent protest and change nearly half a century later."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Change, Inspiration, Courage, Determination, Protest, Tenacity)

"An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Men, Determination, Lies)

"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
- Dan Gable
(Related: Determination, Gold)

"We are telling the American people to have patience, courage, resolve and determination."
- Muammar al Gaddafi
(Related: People, Courage, Determination, American, Patience)

"There is nothing which any way pertaineth to the worship of God left to the determination of human laws."
- George Gillespie
(Related: God, Determination, Laws, Nothing, Worship)

"But the Congress has made the determination that certain kinds of information can be protected even though the American people may want to have access to information."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: People, Determination, American, Congress, Information, May, Want)

"What to an outsider will be no more than the vigorous presentation of a conviction, to an employee may be the manifestation of a determination which it is not safe to thwart."
- Learned Hand
(Related: Determination, Conviction, May, Will)

"I've continued to always keep in mind having a healthy does of that in Hollywood, now that I am part of the system and obviously have to follow the way the system works - you still have to have that crazy determination."
- Renny Harlin
(Related: Determination, Hollywood, Mind, Now)

"Even the striving for equality by means of a directed economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality - an authoritarian determination of the status of each individual in the new hierarchical order."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: Equality, Determination, Economy, Inequality, Order, Result)

"To be sure, no piece of social machinery, however well constructed, can be effective unless there is back of it a will and a determination to make it work."
- Cordell Hull
(Related: Work, Determination, Will)

"Americans, who make more of marrying for love than any other people, also break up more of their marriages, but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love as the determination of people not to live without it."
- Morton Hunt
(Related: Love, People, Determination, Failure, Americans)

"The determination to win is the better part of winning."
- Daisaku Ikeda
(Related: Determination, Winning)

"The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education."
- Alphonso Jackson
(Related: Education, Work, Lie, Dream, Determination, Blame, Hard work, Lies)

"We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Government, Determination, Beginning, Economy, Income, Necessity)

"Up until now, the prospect of parole has kept us from confronting our captors with any real determination."
- George Jackson
(Related: Determination, Now)

"What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?"
- Henry James
(Related: Character, Determination)

"To all the positions, I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player, I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish, I think that transfers to the other players."
- LeBron James
(Related: Determination, Being, Court)

"Whenever one reads of the determination of the species, or opens a book on natural science and history, in whatever language, one inevitably comes across the name of Linne."
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
(Related: Science, History, Determination, Language, Name)

"My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation."
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Related: Courage, Determination, Discipline, Hope, Confidence, Grave)

"It takes a long, hard effort and sustained determination to reduce crime. We will stay the course and we are confident that the numbers will continue to go down."
- Jack Johnson
(Related: Determination, Crime, Effort, Numbers, Will)

"I've refined my mechanics, refined my pitches. I've gotten more confidence, and I've gotten more determination. I've got a better idea what I'm doing out there."
- Randy Johnson
(Related: Idea, Determination, Confidence)

"If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Determination, Perseverance, Strength, Despair, Diligence, Skill)

"We didn't think we were a fourth-place team. For us to beat the first-place team in the West and the first-place team in the East shows the dedication and determination that we had."
- Cobi Jones
(Related: Determination, Dedication, First)

"We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Age, War, Law, Self, World, World war)

"The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland."
- James Larkin
(Related: Determination, Enthusiasm, Goal, Class, Ireland, Irish, Press)

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."
- Tommy Lasorda
(Related: Determination, Difference, Lies, Man)

"As I assume my responsibilities as your representative, I wish to assure you of my loyalty and devotions, as well of my determination to serve you and the people of Canada to the utmost of my abilities."
- Romeo LeBlanc
(Related: People, Determination, Canada, Loyalty)

"I was a savage for so many years of my life. There was some seed of determination in me that I was not conscious of. I was mostly consciously getting into trouble and drunk."
- Daniel Day Lewis
(Related: Life, Determination, Trouble, Years)

"But Socialism, alone, can bring self-determination of their peoples."
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: Self, Socialism)

"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
(Related: Success, Work, Determination, Dedication, Hard work, Job)

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."
- George Horace Lorimer
(Related: Determination, Bed, Satisfaction)

"I still held fast to my determination to become a minister; it still seemed to me that that was my duty. I had pledged myself, in my prayers I had given my word to God. How could I therefore break my vow?"
- Pierre Loti
(Related: God, Determination, Duty, Vow, Word)

"The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands."
- Rosa Luxemburg
(Related: Leadership, Determination, Democracy, Direction, Will, Workers)

"Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
- Og Mandino
(Related: Determination, Failure, Succeed, Will)

"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
(Related: Determination, Content, Right, Will)

"What I love about the East End is that there's a great perseverance, determination and courage. What I dislike about it is that there is sometimes a celebration of ignorance."
- Eddie Marsan
(Related: Love, Courage, Determination, Perseverance, End, Ignorance)

"You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination."
- Ralph Marston
(Related: Determination, Positive, Energy, Frustration, Now, Possibilities)

"All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers, so that the aim of exact science is to reduce the problems of nature to the determination of quantities by operations with numbers."
- James C. Maxwell
(Related: Nature, Science, Determination, Laws, Numbers, Problems)

"Social psychology is especially interested in the effect which the social group has in the determination of the experience and conduct of the individual member."
- George H. Mead
(Related: Experience, Determination, Effect, Psychology)

"Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan."
- Paul J. Meyer
(Related: People, Determination, Goals, Confidence, Obstacles)

"They say love will find a way. I know determination will."
- Ronnie Milsap
(Related: Love, Determination, Will)

"Everyone has determination - it's a question of how you use it. Hers is based on power and success and conquering; she doesn't care what she has to do or who gets hurt in the process. In that way we're very, very different."
- Dannii Minogue
(Related: Power, Success, Determination, Care, Hurt, Question)

"Commitment and co-operation to overcome barriers and difficulties, and determination to achieve the standards of the EU as well as NATO membership, are and have always been the principal target."
- Alfred Moisiu
(Related: Determination, Commitment, Difficulties)

"When I started off many years ago, I made a determination that there were certain roles I didn't want to play."
- Joe Morton
(Related: Determination, Play, Want, Years)

"Churchill was the canny political animal, very devious, bursting with energy and determination, learning as hard as he could."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Determination, Energy, Learning)

"I've always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish."
- Chuck Norris
(Related: Determination, Obstacles, Want, Will, Worth)

"If a person goes to his job with a firm determination to give of himself the best of which he is capable, that job no matter what it is takes on dignity and importance."
- Hortense Odlum
(Related: Determination, Dignity, Importance, Job)

"Over the last five years, the Administration and the majority in Congress have appropriated less than $900 million for port security grants - despite the Coast Guard's determination that $5.4 billion is needed over 10 years."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Determination, Congress, Majority, Security, Years)

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
- Jesse Owens
(Related: Dreams, Determination, Dedication, Effort, Order, Reality, Self)

"The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck."
- Channing Pollock
(Related: Men, Determination, Ability, Being, Luck)

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
- Colin Powell
(Related: Work, Dream, Determination, Hard work, Magic, Reality)

"So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Determination, Actors, Preparation, Will)

"It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them."
- Man Ray
(Related: Dreams, Determination)

"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
(Related: Determination, Enthusiasm, Discouragement, Energy, Persistence)

"Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these."
- James Whitcomb Riley
(Related: Determination, Effort, Man, Persistence, Will)

"Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Determination, Concern, Deep, Feeling, Ideals, Principles)

"Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Government, Men, Determination, Future)

"No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating."
- Harold Rosenberg
(Related: Work, Determination)

"We have to make a determination of what the minimum standards are for police, fire and emergency services in all of America's major cities. Once we determine that, then we can decide what the funding is."
- Warren Rudman
(Related: Determination, America, Cities, Fire, Police)

"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
(Related: Determination, Day, Sense, Spirit)

"If people ask me for the ingredients of success, I say one is talent, two is stubbornness or determination, and third is sheer luck. You have to have two out of the three. Any two will probably do."
- Fred Saberhagen
(Related: Success, Talent, People, Determination, Luck, Will)

"And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high."
- Ayrton Senna
(Related: Experience, Power, Determination, Instinct, Mind)

"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be."
- George A. Sheehan
(Related: Success, Courage, Determination, Will)

"Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Power, Determination)

"Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man."
- Iain Duncan Smith
(Related: Determination, Man, Quiet)

"At an unprecedented time with the worst attack ever on our soil, our President displayed extraordinary determination, leadership and resolve when history was thrust upon him and the United States."
- Olympia Snowe
(Related: History, Leadership, Time, Determination, President, states, United)

"Today's message to Baghdad is very clear: the UN Security Council resolution expresses the unity and determination of the entire international community to assume its collective responsibility."
- Javier Solana
(Related: Determination, Community, Resolution, Responsibility, Security, Today)

"I believe that nothing happens apart from divine determination and decree. We shall never be able to escape from the doctrine of divine predestination - the doctrine that God has foreordained certain people unto eternal life."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Life, God, People, Determination, Doctrine, Nothing)

"No change in the balance of political parties can alter the general determination that no class should be excluded from contributing to and sharing responsibility for the state."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Change, Determination, Balance, Class, Responsibility, Sharing, State)

"The Kurdish people have the right of self-determination like every other nation in the world."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: People, Nation, Right, Self, World)

"Self-determination could mean independence, confederacy, federal and autonomy."
- Jalal Talabani
(Related: Independence, Self)

"After one hundred years of federal rule, the United States House of Representatives has moved to provide for the first meaningful route to self-determination for the Puerto Rican people under our federal system."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: People, First, Self, states, United, Years)

"In historical and constitutional terms, the recent political status vote in Puerto Rico was a necessary but obviously not decisive step on the road of self-determination leading to full self-government."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Leading, Road, Self, Vote)

"Now that the there is a path for the people of Puerto Rico to express their self-determination on Puerto Rico's political status, there are some who seek to block that path."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: People, Now, Self)

"At the core of life is a hard purposefulness, a determination to live."
- Howard Thurman
(Related: Life, Determination)

"Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our "accepting" and "willing" are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God."
- Aiden Wilson Tozer
(Related: God, Determination, Actions, Choice, Conquest, Right, Salvation)

"Don't tell me what you believe in. I'll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination."
- Alex Trebek
(Related: Determination, Will)

"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
(Related: Imagination, Fear, Courage, Determination, America, Job)

"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you."
- Denis Waitley
(Related: Determination)

"The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy."
- J. Donald Walters
(Related: Happiness, Determination, Circumstances)

"Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances."
- J. Donald Walters
(Related: Happiness, Attitude, Determination, Circumstances, Mind)

"Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Courage, Determination, Care, Energy)

"I have willpower and determination. I am very resilient, like rock."
- Carnie Wilson
(Related: Determination, Willpower)

"But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear."
- Reese Witherspoon
(Related: Fear, Determination, Accomplishment, Coaching, Film, Overcoming, Right)

"Of course it was Mamma who both stopped my career and crystallized my determination to resume it."
- Loretta Young
(Related: Determination, Career)

"When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Determination, Evil)