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Persistence and determination....

10 June 2008 17 comments

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

Calvin Coolidge quotes (American 30th President of the United States, 1872-1933)
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  • durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit 10.6.08

    Hello Kim,

    I like the quote on this post.

    There are indeed a lot of educated people who are derelicts, or have been overcome by defeatist attitudes and just surrendered to depression.

    Some have been spending their lives wasting away and see the negatives about everything and rail against it, without considering and even dismissing the positive.

    Worse are those who used their education to oppress, dominate, hurt, plunder, and ruin people and countries.

    I do believe that most, if not all, great universities in the world produce the noblest of men and the worst of scoundrels.

    We should have more artists as I always say! :-) --Durano, done!

  • jafabrit 10.6.08

    I have always liked this quote and have it in one of my sketchbooks. Nice to read it again and be reminded to just hang in there.

  • Anonymous 11.6.08

    What a great quote - and such a sweet photograph to go with it. A reminder that all great artists (and ballerinas) had to start out once got where they are through sheer persistence (and a lot of talent!)

  • Kim 11.6.08

    haha Durano !!!
    and hear hear :)
    I couldn't agree more....
    especially regarding artists ;)
    thanks for your superlative and succinct words of wisdom !!!

    so true Corrine..
    I'm going to put it on my fridge as it's a quote that is really universal :)

  • Kim 11.6.08

    hi Diane..
    that's a photo of several of the Baby Ballerinas at my sister's ballet school...
    they are very sweet aren't they?
    I thought it was a good choice of image for this marvellous quote because there is a lot of discipline and persistence involved in ballet...and yes having talent does help ;)

  • Rick 11.6.08

    Persistence - so true. I need more of it.

  • Anonymous 11.6.08

    My undercover identical twin sister says,

    "A successful life is defined by persistent humor and determined action." -Miss Moneypenny June 10, 2008

  • Kim 11.6.08

    me too Rick ...:)
    especially when it comes to painting :)

    hello Debbie :)
    persistence and humour !!!
    that's a great quote from Miss MP :)
    please let your twin sister know that she is a very wise woman..:)

  • Kara Chipoletti Jones of GriefAndCreativity dot com 11.6.08

    Thanks for this reminder today, Kim! Needed it!

  • Lynda Lehmann 11.6.08

    Lovely, sweet photo, Kim, and a great quote to go with it! :)

  • Kim 11.6.08

    hi Kara
    you're welcome and thanks for calling by :) :)

    thanks Lynda...
    have a wonderful day :) :)
    ps..thanks for 'dropping' by too :D

  • ♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys 11.6.08

    A great quote Kim - no truer words spoken... liked the image too well chosen and cute.

  • Kim 11.6.08

    thanks Trish...
    it's one of those quotes that can be read EVERY day eh :)

  • John M. Mora 11.6.08

    great photo Kim - you cpature young dance!

    re coolidge:

    "The political genius of President Coolidge, Walter Lippmann pointed out in 1926, was his talent for effectively doing nothing: "This active inactivity suits the mood and certain of the needs of the country admirably. It suits all the business interests which want to be let alone.... And it suits all those who have become convinced that government in this country has become dangerously complicated and top-heavy...." "

  • Kim 11.6.08

    thanks John :)
    an archival pic :)
    well that's the first time I've heard of active inactivity....very interesting....
    I wonder if it's like active listening or active reading...hmmm
    I could relate it to my art as my pursuits have been fairly actively inactive..of all in the head but the paint's not going on the brush lol...

  • AscenderRisesAbove 15.6.08

    what an adorable photo of the little ballerina; did you take it?

  • Kim 15.6.08

    thanks Ascender
    and yes...
    My sister has a Baby Ballerinas Dance Studio...and this was one of the photos that I took a while back..
    have a great Sunday :)

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Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news