10 Things: Quotes to Get You Through Your First Draft

Hey there!

I hope this post finds you all doing well!

This one goes out to all my writer friends who are half-way through a first draft and need another shot of energy to complete Mission Objective: Finish First Draft! (Cheesy, I know…but hey, I’m a cheesy person.)

Most importantly, remember:

“Stand firm, and you will win life.”

Luke 21:19 (NIV)

“Do everything in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)

Now, without further ado – a pep talk for your current MO.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

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


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Nelson Mandela

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”

H.G. Wells

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

Vince Lombardi Jr.

(Get that willpower together and run with it! 😀 )


No matter what is going on

Never give up

Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country

Is spent developing the mind

Instead of the heart

Be compassionate

Not just to your friends

But to everyone

Be compassionate

Work for peace

In your heart and in the world

Work for peace

And I say again

Never give up

No matter what is going on around you

Never give up”

Dalai Lama XIV

“I tried always to do better: saw always a little further. I tried to stretch myself.”

Audrey Hepburn

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down. All that matters is you get up one more time than you were knocked down.”

Roy T. Bennett

“It’s the climbing that makes the man. Getting to the top is an extra reward. ”

Robert Lipsyte, The Contender


And to nail it all down, remember:

“Passion without perseverance

is fire without fuel.”

-Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Honorable Mention Quote:

I don’t know you,

But I love you,

Just as God loves me and you.

The sun and the moon

Are opposing forces,

But they still greet each other,


As one awakens in the morning,

Just as the other goes to sleep.

Life has pounded me down

And thrashed me around,

Time and time again,

But I always get right back up,

Because I still love life –

Just as the earth still loves

The rain.”

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem


I Love Love Love Love Love Love Love Love these last four:

“Christians walk as strangers in the world: They are untamed. They are free. To persevere with love, yet untamed by man, is often what leaves that open space for divine revelation when God so wills.”

― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“In the sympathy of Christ we find a sustaining power.”

― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

“Stand firm, and you will win life.”


“Do everything in love.”


Please let me know what you think of these quotes! An ‘Honorable Mention’ post will follow this one containing a few I loved too much not to post, but couldn’t fit within the ’10 Things’ List. Love you all!

And always,

Go forward,

God bless,

Be strong.



Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/perseverance?page=1

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