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She is as tenacious as a bulldog.
  persistent and unyielding
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  • She is as tenacious as a bulldog.
  • a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
  • Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
    Norman Vincent Peale
  • The cardinal has a tenacious memory and a long arm; you may depend upon it, he will repay you by some ill turn.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers

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  • But as he approached the land, a thought, at first fleeting and then tenacious, arose in his mind.
    Verne, Jules  --  Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Tenacious of power, he would keep Charles and the rest dependent, and retire from business reluctantly and at an advanced age.
    Forster, E. M.  --  Howards End
  • You may keep this minority out of sight and out of mind, but it is tenacious of life, and is one of the estates of the realm.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • He is as brave as a bulldog and as tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • No doubt she looked a little insane, tenaciously clutching the paperweight.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • And yet, I am awed by my friend, by her tenacity for me.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help

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  • It flashed across Dr. Armstrong’s mind that an old man like the judge, was far more tenacious of life than a younger man would be.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He is as brave as a bulldog and as tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ...who clung tenaciously to their way of life and freedom.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • knowing your admirable tenacity I was convinced that you were sitting in ambush, a weapon within reach, waiting for the tenant to return.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Tenacity got me over the brick wall.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • he has no conception of the oyster-like tenacity with which an old settler ... clings to the spot where his successive generations have been embedded.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "The tenacity of life possessed by eels is very remarkable," I said.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • In time, she discovered she had surprising hardihood and tenacity,
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Nature had come into her own again and, little by little, in her stealthy, insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long, tenacious fingers.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Worthy of love and admiration were these people in their blind loyalty, their blind strength and tenacity.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Near the turn of the century, the destitute of Europe sprang on the city with tenacious claws and an honest and solid dream.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • Yet at the same time his dark eyes burned with a kind of inner fire that told of the tenacity with which he clung to life and of...
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • as for getting him off his feet, there was no dog among them capable of doing the trick. His feet clung to the earth with the same tenacity that he clung to life.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • People are tenacious when it comes to the treasure of their imaginary independence.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Thinking back now on the problems expressive language presented to me, I am amazed by ... their tenacity.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Agravaine returned tenaciously to the subject which they had been discussing.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Kenji weighs the matter, then tosses the stick, with the insect still clinging tenaciously, into the stream.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • I keep putting him off, but man, he’s tenacious.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • She first tried to kill them with a broom, then with insecticides, and finally with lye, but the next day they were back in the same place, still passing by, tenacious and invincible.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • We are tenacious, stinging, clever.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • In Germany the dachshund was originally bred as a badger hound, which meant that he could dig like mad and would fearlessly and tenaciously pursue any animal underground.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • She clung tenaciously to the hem of my coat.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Emmett brought his strength, Rosalie herů tenacity.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • So if in her sleep she pressed Tomas’s hand with such tenacity, we can understand why:
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • We have every confidence in your abilities and your tenacity, lieutenant.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • My former wife admired your tenacity and your thoroughness, and she was not a fool.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • Usually they scare off easy, but this one, he’s tenacious.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Her tenacity fascinated him,
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • It had taken her nearly five years to earn her title as staff reporter, and she had a reputation for being tenacious, thorough and cool.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • Skepticism is one of the few remnants of our bookish past, and most of us hold on to it tenaciously.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I knew this to be true, at least, because her daughter suffered from the same tenacious worry streak: Amy could spend an entire evening out fretting that she left the stove on, even though we didn’t cook that day.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I like her if only for her tenacity.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • And your tenacity.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He’d gone from being eaten up with jealousy of Simon, to a grudging respect for his tenacity and courage, to actually considering him a friend, though he doubted he’d ever say so out loud.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Mercer turned to it, realizing its presence and tenacity, and a look of unmitigated horror transformed his face.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • He had a grudging respect for my tenacity, and he had been surprised that I noticed something odd about the air in his room.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Famous, of course, is the resolve of the Japanese soldier, the lore of his tenacity and courage and willingness to fight in the face of certain death.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • But Meg, with the dogged tenacity that had so often caused her trouble, continued.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
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