Steadfastness Quotes

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Charlotte Brontë
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

J.R.R. Tolkien
“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Cormac McCarthy
“Long before morning I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I'd always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it is always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals come easily.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Charlotte Brontë
“God surely did not create us, and cause us to live, with the sole end of wishing always to die. I believe, in my heart, we were intended to prize life and enjoy it, so long as we retain it. Existence never was originally meant to be that useless, blank, pale, slow-trailing thing it often becomes to many, and is becoming to me, among the rest.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Marcus Aurelius
“Be like the cliff against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Martin Luther
“Since then your sere Majesty and your Lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed. Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."

(Reply to the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521)”
Martin Luther, Luther's Works: Career of the Reformer III

Thomas Paine
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
Thomas Paine

Jim Elliot
“Lord, give me firmness without hardness, steadfastness without dogmatism, love without weakness.”
Jim Elliot

Victor Hugo
“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”
Victor Hugo, Intellectual Autobiography: Ideas on Literature, Philosophy and Religion

Charlotte Brontë
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more I will respect myself. I will keep the law given by God; sanctioned by man. I will hold the principles received by me when I was sane, not mad -- as I am now. Laws and principles are not for times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour; stringent are they; inviolate they shall be. If at my individual convenience I might break them, what would be their worth? They have a worth -- so I have always believed; and if I cannot believe it now, it is because I am insane -- quite insane, with my veins running fire, and my heart beating faster than I can count its throbs. Preconceived opinions, foregone determinations are all I have at this hour to stand; there I plant my foot.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We love being mentally strong, but we hate situations that allow us to put our mental strength to good use.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Christine de Pizan
“The foolish rush to end their lives.
Only the steadfast soul survives.”
Christine de Pizan, Lyric Poetry

Stephen King
“It's a hard life if you don't weaken.”
Stephen King

Wilkie Collins
“But, ah me! where is the faultless human creature who can persevere in a good resolution, without sometimes failing and falling back?”
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

“If you want Allah to be persistent in granting you the thing you love, then be persistent in doing the things he loves.”
Imam Ahmad

H. Rider Haggard
“...For like a rugged tree you are hard and sound at the core.”
H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure

William Shakespeare
“Ay, to the proof, as mountains are for winds, that shakes not, though they blow perpetually.”
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

Louis L'Amour
“Folks can’t seem to realize that it isn’t a smooth talker we need in there but a steady man, a man with judgement. Any medicine-show man can spout words, if they are written for him. It takes no genius to sound well. To act right and at the right time is something else again.”
Louis L'Amour, Comstock Lode

Dudjom Rinpoche
“At all times, do not lose courage in your inner awareness; uplift yourself, while assuming a humble position in your outer demeanor. Follow the example of the life and complete liberation of previous accomplished masters (siddha). Do not blame your past karma; instead, be someone who purely and flawlessly practices the dharma. Do not blame temporary negative circumstances; instead, be someone who remains steadfast in the face of whatever circumstances may arise.”
Dudjom Rinpoche, Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom Rinpoche's Heart Advice

Norhafsah Hamid
“Islam is simple, but being a Muslim in a modern world is not. Everyday is a battle that each of us have to face. It is easy to get swept away and lose one's identity. The constant struggle is to find out who we are and how to remain steadfast.”
Norhafsah Hamid, Trying to be Muslim

James C. Collins
“Then it began to dawn on us: There was no miracle moment. Although it may have looked like a single-stroke breakthrough to those peering in from the outside, it was anything but that to people experiencing transformation from within. Rather, it was a quiet, deliberate process of figuring out what needed to be done to create the best future results and then simply taking those steps, one after the other, turn by turn of the flywheel. After pushing on that flywheel in a consistent direction over an extended period of time, they'd inevitably hit a point of breakthrough.”
Jim Collins, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

Rebecca Solnit
“We are winning,” said the graffiti in Seattle, not “We have won.” It’s a way of telling in which you can feel successful without feeling smug, in which you can feel challenged without feeling defeated.”
Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

“Be steadfast because things will get better, it maybe stormy right now, but it won't stay that way forever.”
Prof.Salam Al Shereida

Charles Dickens
“For, though it includes what I proceed to add, all the merit of what I proceed to add was Joe's. It was not because I was faithful, but because Joe was faithful, that I never ran away and went for a soldier or a sailor. It was not because I had a strong sense of the virtue of industry, but because Joe had a strong sense of the virtue of industry, that I worked with tolerable zeal against the grain. It is not possible to know how far the influence of any amiable honest-hearted duty-going man flies out into the world; but it is very possible to know how it has touched one's self in going by, and I know right well that any good that intermixed itself with my apprenticeship came of plain contented Joe, and not of restless aspiring discontented me”
Charles Dickens

Cyprian
“A good purpose, which has known God, cannot be changed.”
Cyprian, The Complete Works of Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't Veer Off Your Chosen Path Because You Want to Be Like The Next Person”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, Woman: You've Got ALL IT TAKES!

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Things are likely to get tough when you decide to follow Christ. Do not panic, for after the baptism of fire comes a shower of immeasurable blessing.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“Me And The Future
By: Lorena Tamayo Castillo

I built the present,
Full of excitement.
Even rough and tangled.
I accepted, without hatred;
I look back on yesterday.
And I didn't rest.
I walked on the time today.
Without doubt and distress.
Even if I stumble;
I was able and feasible,
For aspiration and goal.
I looked at the past,
In order to be steadfast;
And took it as challenge,
That made me strong.
From now, until tomorrow,
And in the future;
Will not focus, on obstacle.
Along the way, will not quibble.
For my eyes will be focused.
And the future shall I meet,
With joy and faith.
Along the help of faith and God.
Me and the future will be bless.”
Lorena Tamayo Castillo

Maggie Stiefvater
“Merida wondered at how splendid the castle looked in this light, old DunBroch, a castle made new. The rising sun caught each of the panes of glass and lit them like spring fire. The ivy was green and lush. The berries in the Christmas boughs were bright as battle. It was a grand and welcoming and beautiful sight, vibrant and alive. Yes, there was smoking fire in the background and walls had newly been knocked down, but it was impossible not to see that beneath that, the castle had a live and beating heart. It had changed. It had earned its freedom from Feradach's destruction. It had become something new. Or rather, it was still DunBroch, but it was DunBroch, grown, changing, moving onward, and Merida was fiercely proud.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Bravely

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