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Definition continuing or repeating behavior — especially in spite of difficulties
  • 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 persistence of a culture that does not adequately value formal education.
  • The art of love ... is largely the art of persistence.
    Albert Ellis
  • Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
    Hal Borland
  • But more and more often, and with greater persistence, he watched her.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • What was unusual about Arthur Sallis was the persistence of his desire to make something of his life, in spite of the odds against him.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He was rewarded for his persistence, for his emotions.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Still .... perhaps human persistence was an asset.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • THE TREE OF PARADISE But persistence at last met with its reward.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Sampson, feeling hopeless, but somehow having too much persistence and determination to give up, suddenly had an inspiration.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
  • It was not at all the "artist's studio" of which, because of its persistence in fiction, she had dreamed.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • 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
  • 'Gone, gone,' the old woman replied with a crabby shrug, irritated by his persistence, her low wail growing louder.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • But your persistence has now put me in a difficult position.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Lying on her back, motionless, and with staring eyes, she saw things but vaguely, although she tried to with idiotic persistence.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • His instinct would not permit him to attack her, while her persistence would not permit him to ignore her.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • There is actually a significant scientific literature measuring Asian "persistence."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Hopelessly, by sheer numbers and persistence, I was stilled, surrounded, and forced out of the rooms.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • But persistence paid off and finally there was Renault on the line, the quiet hello, the calm voice but something else, something else.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War

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