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Grit, that critical character trait that can be found in just about every single person who’s achieved their dreams. Having grit is all about being steadfast and maintaining the firmness of character needed to see things through. It’s about having that “do or die” attitude which is often found in those who possess an indomitable spirit. So, in honor of one of the most powerful character traits you can adopt to experience more success in your life, we’ve pulled together one of the most inspiring collections of grit quotes.

Our hope is that these quotes will give you a better understanding on exactly what grit is, and how you can embrace this quality more fully. But more importantly, we hope these quotes inspire you with a renewed spirit and passion to persevere until you reach your aims.

So, if you’re ready to be inspired to unleash your own indomitable spirit, let’s dive into these powerful quotes on grit:


best motivational quotes about grit

1. “Grit is living life like it is a marathon, not a sprint.” – Angela Duckworth

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

3. Success doesn’t just happen. It is a product of hard work, grit and ingenuity.” – Ogwo David Eminike

4. 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 Duckworth

5. “Consistency of effort over the long run is everything.” – Angela Duckworth

6. “Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

7. “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

8. “True grit is staying in the game when others would have dropped the ball and left the park.” – Anonymous

9. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, commitment, and hard work.” – Grit quote

10. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

grit quote by Ayn Rand

11. “You don’t need an MBA to launch a business. You need street smarts and grit.” – Barbara Corcoran

12. “Grit determines that life challenges will neither defeat nor define us.” – Anonymous

13. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey

14. “Grit depends on a different kind of hope. It rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future.” – Angela Duckworth

15. “I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.” – David Goggins

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16. “I remind myself that no one day of writing matters all that much. A story is built somewhat like a stalactite — one little drop of mud and grit at a time.” – Joe Hill

17. “Everything is hard before it is easy.” – Goethe

18. “Grit isn’t about getting an incredible dose of inspiration or courage. It’s about building the daily habits that allow you to stick to a schedule and overcome challenges and distractions over and over and over again.” – James Clear

19. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” – John Wooden

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

21. “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar

22. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

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

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

25. “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina.” – Angela Duckworth

angela duckworth quote on grit

26. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough grit.” – Atlas Rowe

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

28. “Someone twice as talented but half as hardworking as another person might reach the same level of skill but still produce dramatically less over time.” – Angela Duckworth

29. “Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit.” – Jonah Lehrer

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

31. “Grit is the one trait that I, as a mentor, try to instill in younger entrepreneurs. Your road as an entrepreneur likely won’t be easy or straightforward. But, fortunately, those who train themselves to persevere and remain committed to their vision and principles are much more likely to attain their entrepreneurial goals than those who lack this sense of grit.” – Amine Rahal

32. “You can have all the talent in the world, but you will never achieve your goals without effort. This is why grit is the foundation of success.” – Ashley Elizabeth

33. “Nothing is put on pause. Everything is still happening. And then as far as just reflecting on what got you to where you are, there aren’t very many times where we have the space to sit and reflect and really understand the depth of what it took and the grit that we had to have to get to where we are.” – Jessica Alba

34. “Grit comes down to your habits. It’s about doing the things you know you’re supposed to do on a more consistent basis. It’s about your dedication to daily practice and your ability to stick to a schedule.” – James Clear

35. “Sometimes, a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.” – Rudy

36. “It is after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl, not pear-making seminars with other oysters.” – Stephen King

37. “The moment you feel like quitting is the time you need to keep on going. Persistence fuels genius. And grit creates champions.” – Robin Sharma

38. “Quitting is the easiest thing to do.” – Robert Kiyosaki

39. “The #1 predictor of success… Grit! The ability to persevere, overcome and move forward in spite of challenges, failures and obstacles.” – Anonymous

40. “Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.” – Angela Duckworth

41. “Gritty people are resilient, in the sense that they thrive through adversity. They reframe every challenge as an opportunity and do the work to become the master of their emotions.” – Ashley Elizabeth

42. “It’s not that I am so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

43. “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

44. “The difference in winning and losing is most often… Not quitting.” – Walt Disney

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

46.  “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

47. “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

48. “When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.” – Nido Qubein

49. “I hated every minute of training, but I said don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

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

51. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

52. “Dream chasing is not for the faint of heart. Not only does it take massive courage to reach for the dreams and goals that many shrug off as impossible, but it also takes grit, tenacity, and an indomitable spirit to see things through.” – Nathan Lee Morales

53. “A little more persistence a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless
failure may turn into a glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard

54. “Leadership grit begets grit. Lead by example.” – Bill Hybels

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

56. “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

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

58. “A leader should have higher grit and tenacity, and be able to endure what the employees can’t.” – Jack Ma

59. “To be gritty is to fall down seven times and rise eight.” – Angela Duckworth

60. “Grit; a mixture of hard work, consistency, and hustle.” – Anonymous

61. “Listen, every overnight success has taken 15 years, and that’s just the way it goes.” – Daymond John

62. “The 99% that achieve are willing to sacrifice, be persistent and put in disproportionate work, and think in 50 year terms not 50 day terms.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

63. “One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.” – Rocky Balboa

64. “There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

65. “To be gritty is to keep working when others would have given up.” – Angela Duckworth

66. “For great things do not just happen by impulse, but are a succession of small things linked together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

67. “Effort is one of those things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.” – Carol Dweck

68. Grit, determination, the right amount of crazy, self belief – everything it takes to be a champion. I have that.” – Dustin Poirier

69. “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” – Greg Kincaid

70. “Grit is choosing to hang on when you desperately want to let go.” – The STRIVE

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71. “Grit is guts, resilience, industriousness and tenacity. Grit is the ability to focus, stay determined, stay optimistic in the face of a challenge, and simply work harder than the next guy or gal.” – Linda Kaplan Thaler

72. “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

73. “Mental dominance is what ultimately makes you unstoppable.” – Tim S. Grover

74. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

75. “Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest.” – Travis Bradberry

76. “Grit is more endurance than strength. Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to see it through to completion.” – Lee David Daniels

77. “To achieve a different result simply requires a different choice of understanding, grit and intention.” – Ty Howard

78. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

79. “There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” – Michael Phelps

80. “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” – Angela Duckworth

81. “Talent counts. But effort counts twice.” – Tom Bilyeu

82. “The most successful people are those who are willing to keep moving forward after making mistakes. They find a way not to avoid life’s inevitable obstacles, but to overcome them.” – Ashley Elizabeth

83. “When we demonstrate grit or are described as gritty, it is because we have had the resilience to push ourselves over, through, around, and sometimes under obstacles.” – Kori D. Miller 

84. “People that have grit are extraordinarily resilient and are willing to put in the effort to get things done.” – Lee David Daniels

85. “Grit is a super power. Intelligence is awesome, but the ability to push through the emotional firestorm that is failure will take you anywhere you want to go. There are plenty of intelligent people that never do anything with their lives. But the gritty among us rule the world.” – Tom Bilyeu

grit is a super power quote

86. “The people who achieve success are the ones with grit, determination, and guts.” – Russell Brunson

87. “If grit begins with passion, you need to know what you’re interested in, and more importantly, what you love. And you need to be clear about what you want now.” – Brendon Burchard

88. “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln

89. “If you surround yourself with gritty people who are mentally tough and psychologically resilient, it will positively influence your own attitude and behavior.” – Shade Zahrai

90. “At the end of the day, success is about resilience and grit.” – Andy Frisella

91. “Luck has nothing to do with it, I have spent many, many hours, countless hours, on the court working for my one moment in time, not knowing when it would come.” – Serena Williams

92. “The only way out is through.” – Helen Keller

93. “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” – George Washington

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

95. “Grit is the stubborn refusal to quit.” – Grit Quote

96. “It’s not over till I win.” – Les Brown

97. “Grit is about staying committed to your goals, even when it’s hard.” – Angela Duckworth

98. “Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to the light.” – John Milton

99. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

100. “The greatest predictor of success is grit.” – Angel Duckworth

Bonus Grit Quote

Bonus: Alright, here is one of our favorite quotes about grit. We added it as bonus, because we stand behind it, and believe it to be 100% true.

“Your Dreams Are On The Other Side Of Your Grit.”


Great job making it to the end of these grit quotes! We don’t doubt that scouring through our extensive list took a fair amount of grit on your part, so big kudos to you.

That said, we hope you found at lease a handful of these quotes inspiring and moving. But more importantly, we hope they’ve helped you find a renewed passion to stay gritty and keep moving forward towards your dreams and goals until you reach them.

Till you reach your personal mountain top,


PS – If you enjoyed these grit quotes, then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy these highly inspirational quotes about resilience.

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