111+ Best Grit Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Significant grit quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Most Famous Grit Quotes

Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. – Travis Bradberry

Being gritty doesn’t mean not showing pain or pretending everything is O.K. In fact, when you look at healthy and successful and giving people, they are extraordinarily meta-cognitive. They’re able to say things like, ‘Dude, I totally lost my temper this morning.’ That ability to reflect on yourself is signature to grit. – Angela Duckworth

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. – John Ortberg

Grit is choosing to lean in & work on your Art when the world thinks it’s already good enough. – Rob Beaudreault

Grit is the grain of character. It may generally be described as heroism materialized, spirit and will thrust into heart, brain, and backbone, so as to form part of the physical substance of the man. – Edwin Percy Whipple

Some people mistake grit for sheer persistence – charging up the same hill again and again. But that’s not quite what I mean by the word ‘grit.’ You want to minimize friction and find the most effective, most efficient way forward. You might actually have more grit if you treat your energy as a precious commodity. – Reid Hoffman

Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be. – Rick Warren

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. – Robert Schuller

Never hope for it more than you work for it. – Sonya Teclai

There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it. – Judith McNaught

There haven’t been genetic studies on grit, but we often think that challenge is inherited but grit is learned. That’s not what science says. Science says grit comes from both nature and nurture. – Angela Duckworth

We avoid the things that we’re afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them. But the truly dire consequences in our lives come from avoiding things that we need to learn about or discover. – Shakti Gawain

A grit mind strengthens all of your strengths. – Pearl Zhu

Grit is the persistence in following your own destiny. – Paul Bradley Smith

Grit is knowing who you are and where you are headed, moving determinedly forward with eyes fixed on the mark, rather than the obstacles that lie in wait. – Christine Bisch

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit! – Michael Jordan

When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments. – Thomas Jefferson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. Eliot

Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

Courage, dear heart. – C.S. Lewis

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. – Winston Churchill

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. – Bill Cosby

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. – George Addair

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration – because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. – James Cameron

I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done. – Robert Downey Jr.

The man who has grit enough to bring about the afforestation or the irrigation of a country is not less worthy of honor than its conqueror. – J. Arthur Thomson

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. – John Ortberg

A grit mind strengthens all of your strengths. – Pearl Zhu

The grit that we have, the depth that we have, the intensity that we have throughout the hockey game that’s crucial. It’s believing and knowing that we can fight through a little adversity and find ways to win. – Ryan Smyth

Grit is having the courage to do the right thing, regardless of the popularity or consequences. – Joan Hall

Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest, and do it again and again. – Sarah Lewis

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out. Not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint. – Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth

True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done. – John Wayne

Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic, they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit. – Wade Davis

Grit is that extra something that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality. – Travis Bradberry

A little grit in the eye destroyeth the sight of the very heavens, and a little malice or envy a world of joys. One wry principle in the mind is of infinite consequence. – Thomas Traherne

Grit is having the courage to push through, no matter what the obstacles are, because it’s worth it. – Chris Morris

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

I felt that I could win it, and that was what I was there for. I wasn’t there to compete. I was there to win. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful. – Mark Victor Hansen

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance-and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. – Oprah Winfrey

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself. – W. C. Doane

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head. – Joe Henderson

The thing that we did was, we didn’t give up. – Jay-Z

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? – Marianne Williamson

No grit, no pearl. – Anonymous

All things are difficult before they are easy. – Thomas Fuller

Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. – Bethany Hamilton

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. – Henry David Thoureau

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. – J.K. Rowling

I like things to happen. And if they don’t happen, I like to make them happen. – Winston Churchill

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. – Michael Jordan

The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. – George Washington

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them?a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. – Muhammad Ali

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee

Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. In fact, it is essential and something that every single elite athlete has had to learn to deal with. If the pursuit of excellence was easy, everyone would do it… Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process. The secret is to show up, do the work, and go home. – Christopher Sommer

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

Strong minds suffer without complaining; weak minds complain without suffering. – Lettie Cowman

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. – T. Harv Eker

We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. – Maya Angelou

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. – Bruce Lee

You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. – J.K. Rowling

One of the greatest discoveries a person makes, one of their great surprises, is to find they can do what they were afraid they couldn’t do. – Henry Ford

So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.”- Jim Carrey

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. – Golda Meir

When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there. – Zig Ziglar

If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. – Steve Jobs

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – – Aristotle

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. – Marie Curry

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. – Thomas Carlyle

Just remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. – Gillian Anderson

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius

Competing is like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired. – Alan Stein

Every great story happened when someone decided not to give up. – Spryte Loriano

Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit. – Anonymous

Grit is sticking with your future day in, day out and not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. – Angela Lee Duckworth

You have a choice! You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face! – Anonymous

Grit. Push yourself to the limit. – Anonymous

Greatness requires internal toughness. – Anonymous

True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done. – John Wayne

It’s gonna get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just gotta make it through the hard stuff first. – Anonymous

Grit, the raw endurance, perseverance and passion that keeps you going despite obstacles. – Anonymous

Every day do something that will inch you closer to be a better tomorrow. – Anonymous

What is grit? Grit is refusing to give up. It’s persistence. It’s making your own luck. – Peter Diamandis

God honors a beautiful blend of gift and grit! He gives the gift, and He expects us to have the grit to practice and learn how to use it effectively. – Beth Moore

Grit, a positive trait based on passion, perseverance, and motivation. – Anonymous

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. – Steve Jobs

Work hard. Be smart. Don’t give up. – Anonymous

The difference between who you are and who you want to be. Is what you do. – Anonymous

Leadership grit begets grit. Lead by example. – Bill Hybels

All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point. – Anonymous

I can and I will. – Anonymous

If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure. – Jack Ma

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal. – Vince Lombardi

Dreams don’t work unless you do. – John C. Maxwell

Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest and do it again and again. – Sarah Lewis

The difference in winning and losing is most often. Not quitting. – Walt Disney

Your dreams are on the other side of your grit. – Anonymous

To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise eight. – Angela Lee Duckworth

Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit. – Taisen Deshimaru

Grit is picking yourself up and moving forward even when you think you can’t take one more step. – Christy Mossburg

Grit is a measurement of sandpaper, and determination. In both cases it defines an ability to change surroundings, and not be changed. – Mike Loomis

What is grit? Grit is refusing to give up. It’s persistence. It’s making your own luck. – Peter Diamandis

Grit is not synonymous with hard work. It involves a certain single-mindedness. An ungritty prison inmate will mount a daring new escape attempt every month, but a gritty prison inmate will tunnel his way out one spoonful of concrete at a time. Grit – Chip Heath

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