Why the Snail Reached the Ark


“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” 

That simple, unpretentious little quote is one of my favorite quotes ever.  I can just picture the little guy (and his lady) wheeling along….and wheeling along….and wheeling along…  All the while being passed by those who were bigger, faster, stronger, sleeker.  Yet in the end – because of his perseverance, the snail made it just as surely as the cheetah did. 

Encouraging for those of us who are closer to the snail than we are to the cheetah.

As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it, “Perseverance is a great element of success.” You could have tons of great traits going for you, but without the determination and perseverance to suceed, failure looms large. Below are some other great quotes about perseverance:

“Perseverance is a great element of success; if you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“When the world says,  ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’” – Author Unknown

“Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”  – Author Unknown

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  – Japanese Proverb“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.”  – Author Unknown“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

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