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The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
style="padding-left:16px;font-size:xx-small">Napoleon Hill
  continuing or repeating behavior — especially in spite of difficulties
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persistence persistency
Strongly Associated with:   persist, persistent
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  • The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
    Napoleon Hill
  • The art of love ... is largely the art of persistence.
    Albert Ellis
  • The persistence of a culture that does not adequately value formal education.
  • At first we used undersize blue foam mats, but with great effort and persistence Yoga Janet got proper orange yoga mats donated to the Camp from the outside.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • She took a step backward, but in spite of her reservations, she found herself smiling at his persistence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The man pressed ahead with the dogged persistence of the inebriated.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Maybe he thinks that with persistence one day he’ll eventually come to see it as well, and that his dad’s last vision will confirm what is already in his head.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Still . perhaps human persistence was an asset.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • All her persistence had paid off.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • One unforgettable incident with the electric’ fence illustrates his persistence.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong

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  • Her persistence was maddening.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • She was exasperated by the persistence of global crises that seemed to her imminently solvable.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The sun came out from behind a cloud and then disappeared again, and the smell of ketchup melded with butterscotch rose with a gentle persistence from the seats of the car.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He realized that a beaver had persistence, patience and ingenuity.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • "It’s absurd!" cried Stuart, who was beginning to be annoyed at the persistency of his friend.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Look at his persistence and endurance.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He’d called again, asked for a second chance, and after some persistence, she’d reluctantly agreed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Exhausted by her persistence, Louie finally agreed to go, with one caveat: When Graham said, "Every head bowed, every eye closed," they were leaving.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Because of my persistence, Dr. Robertson suggested some books for me to study on basic psychology.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • The essence of oligarchical rule is not father-to-son inheritance, but the persistence of a certain world-view and a certain way of life, imposed by the dead upon the living.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But your persistence has now put me in a difficult position.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Full credit for persistence, I suppose.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • The thudding vibration continued with wearisome persistence.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He arrived at this end by his persistence in accusation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I used to think it was a matter of persistence, that we could help everyone, but we can’t.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • "Oh, just for a weekend," Hammond said, with the irritating, cheery persistence of an old man.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • ’Gone, gone,’ the old woman replied with a crabby shrug, irritated by his persistence, her low wail growing louder.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It soon became clear to Ender that even though Dink was very, very good, his persistence in holding onto the corridor gravity orientation instead of thinking of the enemy gate as downward was limiting his thinking.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Pierre had none of the practical persistence that would have enabled him to attend to the business himself and so he disliked it and only tried to pretend to the steward that he was attending to it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Himself reeling from exhaustion, he was astonished beyond measure at such persistency.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I pointed this out to everybody with provoking persistency, but no one seemed equal to the task of providing the doll with eyes.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He would earn their respect through sheer persistence, if nothing else.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A sound of subterranean flute playing came up and was almost lost in the steady remorseless persistence of the drums.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • I’m not sure I would have had the persistence, the faith it took to save her.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It has a mournful harping note sometimes, and the very persistence of it, that eternal roll and thunder and hiss, plays a jagged tune upon the nerves.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • His persistence in the face of mulishness was astounding.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I had a time with this part of their training, but my persistence had no bounds.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • There is actually a significant scientific literature measuring Asian "persistence."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • His instinct would not permit him to attack her, while her persistence would not permit him to ignore her.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He took a seat directly behind the defendants, and fixed them with a gaze of unique persistence, as though he planned to paint their portraits from memory.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Hallucinations with time and spatial persistence!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • In the dark, she couldn’t read his expression, but as she stared at him, she realized that she was less angry at him than exasperated by his persistence.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • The district-attorney’s persistence was visibly at variance with the sentiments of every one, of the public, of the court, and of the jury.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Art consists of the persistence of memory.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • However, to the Abraham Lincoln’s credit, it must be said that we struggled on with tireless persistence.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Franz rocked his shoulders up the stairs, shaking off her persistence.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • That was Matthew’s way—take a whim into his head and cling to it with the most amazing silent persistency—a persistency ten times more potent and effectual in its very silence than if he had talked it out.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Observe the persistence, in mankind’s mythologies, of the legend about a paradise that men had once possessed, the city of Atlantis or the Garden of Eden or some kingdom of perfection, always behind us.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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