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Quotes of the Day for 19 May 2002 – Perseverance

A while back I mentioned the coast-to-coast unicycle trip my friend Lars Clausen is undertaking. I get occasional mail from the road, talking about getting underway at 5 am and covering up to 80 miles against the wind. Last word I had he was over the Continental Divide and running downhill in Montana. It's quite a story, available online at, and speaks of both spirit and, today's theme, Perseverance.

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The quotes:

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. Yonder palace was raised by single stones, yet you see its height and spaciousness. He that shall walk with vigor three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe.
     - Samuel Johnson

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.
     - H. Jackson Brown

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
     - Walter Elliott

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
     - Robert Benchley

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
     - Henry Ward Beecher, 1813 - 1887

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