Quotes: Determinator

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    Anime and Manga 

If fate is a millstone, then we are the grist. There is nothing we can do. So I wish for strength. If I cannot protect them from the wheel, then give me a strong blade, and enough strength... to shatter fate.
Kurosaki Ichigo, Bleach

This isn't as much endurance as it is sheer willpower.
Teresa on little Clare, Claymore

Why can't you people JUST STAY DOWN?!
Cell, Dragon Ball Z

Broly: Why don't you just give up?
Goku: (laughing weakly) I...never really learned how to...

Mamoru. Have you forgotten? Victory goes... TO THOSE WITH COURAGE!
Guy Shishio, GaoGaiGar

Determination - A will of steel. Their determination is supporting them. They won't go down easily.
Miyata Ichiro, Hajime No Ippo

Kyouko: I thought she'd be here. She sucks at giving up after all.
Mitsu: Well sorry for sucking at giving up!

The power of Medusa is fed by emotion. The emotions of a young girl who suffered the pain of Medusa for 8 years... and the emotions of a man who has come back from the depths of hell to save Kasumi. Do you honestly think your pathetic ego-trip can stop that?
Marco Owen, King of Thorn

Pain: Just give up!
Naruto: You'd better give up... THINKING I'M GOING TO GIVE UP!

Why are you alive? Why do you stand up to me every time I kill you?... How many times do I have to kill you until you're satisfied!?
Sir Crocodile, One Piece

ACE! I don't care what you say! I'm going to save you, EVEN IF IT KILLS ME!
Luffy, One Piece

Mewtwo: Humans, you have served your purpose. I am sparing your lives... for the moment. But you cannot escape your fate. The hour of my vengeance draws near. (explosion; his cloned Pokemon enter the arena) Behold. With humans and Pokemon eliminated, the clones shall inherit the world.
Ash: You can't do this. I won't let you.

Nia: The likelihood of my return is close to zero.
Simon: Maybe, but it isn't zero. And for me, that makes it the same as a hundred percent chance!

Simon: Force your way down a path YOU choose to take, and do it all yourself! That's the way Team Dai-Gurren rolls!
Nia: Even when trapped by karma's cycle...
Yoko: The dreams we left behind will open the door!
Leeron: Even if the universe stands against us...
Viral: Our burning blood will cut through fate!
Simon: We'll break through heavens and the dimensions!
All: And defy all who would stop us to grab hold of our path!
Simon: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann!

If you curl up because of fear, you won't be able to do anything. If you want to win, bring out your courage, and step forward!
Yuya Sakaki, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

    Comic Books 

Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world - "No, you move."

Tentacle Monster: Is that your super-power, boy? Too stupid to ever give up?
Jason: Heh... Maybe it is.

Parallax: Give up. You failed once, you'll fail again. Lay down and die. You're weak. You're scared. Give up now. Give up.
Hal Jordan: I...
Parallax: Give up, damn you!
Hal Jordan: I don't know how.
Green Lantern: Rebirth

On my planet, we never say die; we say KILL!

Wolf, Hawk, Fox, and Snake, can't stand in my way.
My body is weak, and it may break, but not today.
Mouse Guard, "The Song of the Ivory Lass"

Uh, sir...? It's him! It's him! After all we've done, he still won't give up!
Snively, Sonic the Hedgehog

No. Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.
Rorschach, Watchmen

    Fan Works 

I would fight to make that bright and innocent past our future once again. Even if it means dashing myself against the evil and cruelty of this wasteland until there is nothing left of me. And then, when I am too broken to go on, I will float my dying body right down the throat of the darkness and make it choke on me.
Little Pip, Fallout: Equestria

    Film - Animated 

Captain Haddock: Alright then, what's the plan?
Tintin: There is no plan.
Captain Haddock: Of course there's a plan. You've always got a plan.
Tintin: Not this time. Sakharine has the scrolls, they'll lead him to the treasure, it could be anywhere in the world. We'll never see him again. It's over
Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
Tintin: You were wrong, weren't you? Im a realist.
Captain Haddock: Ah, it's just another name for a quitter.
Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
Captain Haddock: Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don't you EVER say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don't you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.

The Joker: You're crazy! I'm your only chance to get out of here! Let me go or we'll both die!
Batman: Whatever it takes!

I will find the right tree. I must and I will.
I will ford any stream! Climb any hill!
Go over Niagara Falls on a log!
Penetrate the impenetrable fog!
Brave the terrors of Sinister Bog!
I will find the Christmas tree we seek!
I will find the right tree if it takes us a week!
No matter what... no matter where...
Just as sure as my name... (whispers to his son for a reminder of his name) is Papa Q. Bear!
Papa Q. Bear, The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree

Buzz: Come on, men! Did Woody give up when Sid had me strapped to the back of a rocket?
Everyone: (reluctantly) No.
Buzz: And did he give up when you all threw him out of the back of that moving van?
Mr. Potato Head: Oh, you had to bring that up.
Buzz: No he didn't!

    Film - Live-Action 

Red Skull: You don't give up, do you?
Cap: (dodging lasers) Nope!

Never give up, never surrender!
Commander Taggart, Galaxy Quest

The Baroness: He gave up!
Storm Shadow: He NEVER gives up.

Kevin: You guys give up? You've had enough pain?
Marv: NEVER!

This is CHRISTMAS! The season of perpetual hope! And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and HITCHHIKE! If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son!
Kate McCallister, Home Alone

CASE: It's not possible.
Cooper: No. It's necessary.

(Sam and Frodo have collapsed from exhaustion on the slopes of Mount Doom)
Sam: Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream! Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
Frodo: No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food... nor the sound of water... nor the touch of grass. I'm... naked in the dark, with nothing, no veil... between me... and the wheel of fire! I can see him... with my waking eyes!
Sam: Then let us be rid of it... once and for all! Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!

Smith: Why, Mr. Anderson? Why? Why? Why do you do it? Why? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Do you believe you're fighting for something? For more than your survival? Can you tell me what it is? Do you even know? Is it freedom or truth? Perhaps peace? Could it be for love? Illusions, Mr. Anderson. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose, and all of them are as artificial as the Matrix itself. Although, only a human mind can invent something as insipid as love. You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson! You must know it by now! You can't win! It's pointless to keep fighting! Why, Mr. Anderson?! Why! Why do you persist?!
Neo: Because I choose to.

Sunday: What the hell did your father tell you to make you try so damn hard?
Brashear: "Be the best!"

I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you.
Tony Duke to Apollo Creed, Rocky 2

I don't like to lose.
Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan


Badasses, much like the Goonies, never say die. To that end, they never say diet, and their color recognition vocabulary is limited to just six words. They don't flinch, cry, hesitate, show fear, or act like they notice when it's raining. Even if it's raining really, really hard. Nothing bothers them, nobody stands in their way, and they refuse to yield when the situation is ten light-years beyond hopeless. No matter what the odds are, they won't accept anything less than victory at all costs.

Because my soul is my own. You cannot steal it from me. You cannot change it. You cannot buy it. I am mine. I have fought long and hard against horrors even you would respect. I have been beaten, but I have not yielded. I'm not going to start yielding now.
Harry Dresden, The Dresden Files

Agent Rick: You never know when to quit, do you?
Lieutenant Murphy: Of course I do. Never.

Lei varai barbu. [...] Like most such expressions, the exact translation was rather meaningless "the true bearded one" but the connotation was precise. The one you went with, when the family's life or honor was at stake. The one who might die in the doing, to be sure, since fortune was a fickle thing. But would neither flinch, nor hesitate, nor cry in pain or fear. Not ever. And who, even if he failed, would strike such terror in the family's enemies that they would never forget the penalty to be paid.

But even as hope died in Sam, or seemed to die, it was turned to a new strength. Sam's plain hobbit-face grew stern, almost grim, as the will hardened in him, and he felt through all his limbs a thrill, as if he was turning into some creature of stone and steel that neither despair nor weariness nor endless barren miles could subdue.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

This is Stannis Baratheon. The man will fight to the bitter end and then some.
Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire

You may win the occasional victory against us, Vorrik, but I promise you: the Empire will always strike back.
Gilad Pellaeon, Star Wars: Force Heretic I: Remnant

Tell the wind and the fire when to stop, not me.
Madame Defarge, A Tale of Two Cities

You know those stories where the vor lord gives his daughter's suitor three impossible tasks? Never do that to Miles.
Simon Illyan, A Civil Campaign

The survivors were those who learned to fight dirty, and live, and fight another day, and win, and win, and win, and for whom nothing, not comfort, or security, not family or friends or their immortal souls, was more important than winning. Dead men are losers by definition. Survival and victory. They weren't supermen, or immune to pain. They sweated in confusion and darkness. And with not one-half the physical resources Marilac possesses even now, they won.
Miles Vorkosigan, The Borders of Infinity

    Live-Action TV 

The War. The humans, I think, knew they were doomed. But where another race would surrender to despair, the humans fought back with even greater strength. They made the Minbari fight for every inch of space. In my life, I have never seen anything like it; they would weep, they would pray, they would say goodbye to their loved ones, and then throw themselves - without fear or hesitation - at the very face of death itself, never surrendering. No one who saw them fighting against the inevitable could help but be moved to tears by their courage. Their stubborn nobility. When they ran out of ships, they used guns. When they ran out of guns, they used knives and sticks and bare hands. They were magnificent. I only hope that when it is my time, I may die with half as much dignity as I saw in their eyes in the end. They did this for two years; they never ran out of courage. But, in the end, they ran out of time.
Lando Mollari, Babylon 5

Oh for heaven's sake. He just can't do it, can he? That man. That impossible man. He just can't give in.
River Song, Doctor Who, "Forest of the Dead"

The Doctor is never more dangerous than when the odds are against him.

There's this emperor, and he asks this shepherd's boy... "How many seconds in eternity?" And the shepherd's boy says... "There's this mountain of pure diamond. It takes an hour to climb it, and an hour to go around it. Every hundred years, a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on the diamond mountain. And when the entire mountain is chiseled away, the first second of eternity will have passed." You must think that's a hell of a long time. Personally, I think that's a hell of a bird.
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Heaven Sent"

I don't play to get even. (grabs Freddie by the shirt) Mama plays to win.
Sam Puckett, iCarly, "iKiss"

You don't know who you're dealing with. Don't tell me what I can't do!
John Locke, LOST

Green Ranger: You know better than anyone how powerful I am! Why don't you just give up the fight?
Tommy: That's the one thing I'll never do.

Kane: Do you ever give up?
Daniel: Not 'till I'm dead. (Beat) And sometimes not even then.
Stargate SG-1, "Ethon"

I never did know when to quit.
Dean, Supernatural


Watch the end through dying eyes
Now the dark is taking over
Show me where forever dies
Take the fall and run to heaven

All is lost again, but I'm not giving in

I will not bow, I will not break
I will shove the world away
I will not fall, I will not fade
I will take your breath away
Breaking Benjamin, "I Will Not Bow"

Oh, I've played on with a heart attack, I've played on with a crutch,
I've gone out there with two wooden legs, and I barely got a touch!
I've played with busted kneecaps and I've played with a broken head,
I have played when the club doctor called me clinically dead!

I've had malaria 'gainst the Eagles, broke my neck against the Crows,
Had a triple multi-bypass compund fracture of my nose,
I've had ulcers on me blisters and an abcess on the brain,
I've had both arms amputated - I'm impervious to pain!
Greg Champion, "With a Brace Upon My Knee", in reference to Jim Stynes and to the tune of "Oh, Susanna!"

I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down
Chumbawumba, "Tubthumping"

I can't hold on much longer
But I will never let go!
Crush 40, "Open Your Heart"

The thing I treasure most in life cannot be taken away
There will never be a reason why I will surrender to your advice
To change myself, I'd rather die
Though they will not understand
I won't make the greatest sacrifice
You can't predict where the outcome lies
You'll never take me alive
Disturbed, "I'm Alive"

You can sound the alarm
You can call out your guards
You can fence in your yard
You can hold all the cards
But I won't. Back. Down.
Oh, no I won't. Back. Down.
Eminem, "Won't Back Down"

What if I say I'm not like the others
What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender
Foo Fighters, "The Pretender"

Never give up! Never give in! Won't stop believing cause I'm gonna win!
Masterplan, "Spirit Never Dies"

Unsinkable ships sink.
Unbreakable walls break.
Sometimes the things you think would never happen,
Happen just like that.
Unbendable steel bends.
If the fury of the wind is unstoppable,
I've learned to never underestimate,
The impossible
Joe Nicholls, "The Impossible"

I'm black and blue, beat up, but still I take the blows,
'Cause all I need is blood and sweat and skin and bone!
I'll take this rage, rattle your cage, nobody said it's easy,
It's do or die, only the strong survive!
Get ready for the last stand!
Get ready, I'm your hangman!
Ozzy Osbourne, "Let Me Hear You Scream"

I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On with the show!
Queen, "The Show Must Go On"

    Newspaper Comics 

Dilbert: Any luck trying to get fired?
Wally: No... but I'll get that severance package yet.
Dilbert, 10/22/1991


'Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try again.
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again.
Then your courage should appear;
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear,
Try, try again.
William Edward Hickson, The Singing Master

Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Langston Hughes, "Mother to Son"

An' then there was my junior year,
Billy had a brand new car.
It was late, the road was wet,
I guess the curve was just too sharp.
I walked away without a scratch.
They brought the helicopter in.
Billy couldn't feel his legs.
They said he'd never walk again.
But Billy said he would an' his mom and daddy prayed,
An' the day we graduated, he stood up to say:

"Fight on my men, Sir Andrew said,
A little I'm hurt but not yet slain.
I'll just lie down and bleed awhile,
And I'll rise and fight again."
Marv Levy quoting an unknown English poem

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

    Professional Wrestling 

It doesn't matter how many times I get knocked down. What matters is how many times I get back up!
"Diamond" Dallas Page, WCW Monday Nitro


No matter what happens, no matter the odds, we never, ever, ever give up!
The Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Doctors, Big Finish Doctor Who, "Zagreus"

He won't give in without a fight, and he won't give in.
Herman Cain Show promo

    Tabletop Games 

No rest. No mercy. No matter what.

The Fates tried to cut her string but found the thread had turned to iron.
Magic: The Gathering, "Mortal's Resolve"

What is the strongest weapon of mankind? The god-machines of the Adeptus Mechanicus? No! The Astartes Legions? No! The tank? The lasgun? The fist? Not at all! Courage and courage alone stands above them all!


To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star
Man of La Mancha, "The Impossible Dream"

    Video Games 

Oracle: Bruce! Can you hear me? Your vitals... They're dropping! It's like they're in freefall! You need to find whatever you're looking for now!
Batman: (cough) ...How long have I got?
Oracle: Oh, thank God! ...I'm not going to sugar-coat it; at this rate, I'd say minutes. Seriously, Bruce, you need to tell me what you want me to do. What do I get Robin to do? You know, if you don't...
Batman: ...I'll make it.

If history is to change, let it change! If the world is to be destroyed, so be it! If my fate is to perish... I must simply laugh! I'm coming for you, Lavos!
Magus, Chrono Trigger

Pan-Galactic Alliance Representative: U-Unable to process. Are you going to oppose the entire universe!?
Valvatorez: I sure will! And I'll keep opposing you until you bastards change your decision!

You cannot kill hate. Not hate on the scale of Alma.
Genevive Aristide, F.E.A.R.

This guy just won't quit!
Daxter on Erol, Jak 3

Riku: No vessel, no help from the Heartless... So tell me, howd you get here?
Beast: I simply believed.

When lost in utter darkness, there is nothing left but forward.
Nautilus, League of Legends

I have not... come this far... to die now.
Nick, Left 4 Dead 2

Hear this! I will kidnap Peach OVER and OVER again until I pull it off! Failure isn't an option! And neither is giving up!

A stubborn enough person can survive just about anything. Rage is a hell of an anesthetic.
Zaeed Massani, Mass Effect 2

Leviathan: Your confidence is singular.
Shepard: I've earned it - out there fighting, where you should be.
Leviathan: It is clear why the Reapers perceive you as a threat. Your victories are more than a product of chance.
Mass Effect 3, "Leviathan" DLC

Test subject is abnormally stubborn. She never gives up. Ever.
— Proctor's Notes on Chell, Portal: Lab Rat

"Impossible" is just a word people use to feel good about themselves when they quit.
Vyse, Skies of Arcadia

Two air pirates, a Silvite, two crazy old men, a snot-nosed brat, and an airsick prince! Valua doesn't stand a chance against us!
Vyse, Skies of Arcadia

To lose is not an option

Gnome 1: Oh shit, the kid is still following us!
Gnome 2: He's not gonna stop until he finds a way to become normal size again! That means he's coming after YOU, Warlock!
Gnome Warlock: What?! Ah FUCK!

Don't give up
We still have a chance to make it
I can feel us all rising up

Now, don't give up
Even though the odds have left us
Feeling so small, but we can't stop now
—"Rising Up", Tales of Zestiria

Starscream: Impossible! No one has ever survived to reach this place!
Megatron: You shall soon learn, Starscream... I decide what is possible and what isn't!

...it fills you with determination.
— Save points in Undertale, prefaced by a description of the scenes surrounding them

But it refused.
— Frisk's soul refusing to to die during the true pacifist boss. Undertale

Arthas: That woman is starting to vex me greatly.
Kel'Thuzad: She is persistent. Reminds me of you, death knight.
Arthas: Shut up, you damned ghost.
Warcraft III

    Visual Novels 

The evil gods were just too strong.
The good god suffered much pain, and was cast down again and again.
It was covered in wounds, and drenched in blood, yet the good god never gave up.
Again and again it rose to its feet. Again and again it forced back its tears, clenched its teeth, and with sword in hand did battle with the evil gods.
As the evil gods looked upon the good god, they began to feel fear.
Its suffering should be unbearable.
It should be crying out in terrible pain.
So how..... How does it keep standing?
— Elder Gods Ending, Demonbane

And so. He realizes that there will be no end to the attacks. This enemy will not stop. The enemy will never stop on his own.
Archer on Shirou, Fate/stay night

I pour determination into my dying body.
Shirou, Fate/stay night

Fine! Bring it on, then! I'll show you whose mind is the strongest! I will not yield an inch of my future!
Miyo Takano, Higurashi: When They Cry


Quintet: Don't you know when to give up?
Mega Man: Don't ask me questions with answers that don't exist.

He's like the Energizer bunny, a Rolex watch, and Jackie Chan mixed together.
Xykon on O-Chul, The Order of the Stick

Basitin Councilor: We were told you'd been fatally wounded!
King Adelaide: Yes, I'd been told that as well. I chose to ignore it and continue living.

    Web Original 

Imagine for a second how many letters Mr. Rogers got in a day. He was neighbor to 13.6 million kids, and by the time they were too old to watch his show, they'd been replaced by 13.76 million kids. Every day, America 5 & Under waited for Mr. Rogers to come in and don one of his trademark sweaters. Therefore, you may find it unbelievable that Mr. Rogers answered all of his fan mail, which was pretty much ALL of the fan mail. Answering that much mail is a Sisyphean task, but if Mr. Rogers were pushing a boulder up a hill, I guarantee it would end with the boulder tearfully admitting that it had been abandoned by its father. Because when Mr. Rogers undertakes an impossible task, that task had better start writing its last will and testament.


The more you knock me down, the more I get back up
The more you shut me up, the more I'm gonna shout
The more you take from me, the more I'm gettin' back
The more you try to break me, you're gonna see...
You won't break me!
Red vs. Blue Season 10 trailer, "The More"

His shin wouldn't stop bleeding and he wouldn't stop smashing it into Piotrowski. You could tell he hated it, but Rob Kaman doesn't care - he will beat you with his own open wound just to teach you both how weak you are.

Never give up, no matter how bleak the situation. You just never know...

Chevalier pulled his sword from the ground, swayed, and very nearly fell over. Defiant caught him. Old friend, Chevalier thought, though he didn't have the breath to speak. Anyone else might have spoken up, told him he didn't have to do this, that it was madness. Defiant was silent, supporting Chevalier, helping him right himself. Defiant understood this much. The need, the drive. Chevalier took his first step with Defiant's help. The second was only partially supported. The third was on his own.

    Western Animation 

Annie: There is no way I am leaving you alone, Zach. We are walking out of these woods together.
Zach: Come on, you're just being stubborn.
Annie: No, Zach. I'm determined.

Never give up without a fight.
— Inscription on Zuko's dagger, Avatar: The Last Airbender

That man has the constitution of a vending machine!
Cobra Commander on Sgt. Slaughter, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, "Arise Serpentor, Arise"

Dr. Destiny: But you're different. You don't have any special powers.
Batman: Oh, I have one, Johnny. I never give up.

That man won't quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will! Me? I've got a different problem...
Superman, Justice League Unlimited, "Destroyer"

Shining Knight: Do your worst, I'll not let you harm another.
General Wade "The General" Eiling: I do what I do in service to my country... (The General catches Shining Knight's sword and slams him to the ground). Save yourself a hospital stay and stand down. That magic armor won't help you.
Shining Knight: Have at thee! (Shining Knight rushes at The General, but is beaten to the ground)
The General: You're a relic. In this world power is the only thing that matters. You and those other no-name heroes, you're just people, in the great scheme of things nothing you do has the least bit of significance. (Shining Knight is punched down the street) I'll waste you and a billion like you before I let any power rival America's. It's my duty.
Shining Knight: You don't know what the word means.
The General: You can't win.
Shining Knight: I'll die as befits a knight, defending the weak. (Shining Knight attempts to stand, but collapses to his knees)
The General: Why don't you give up?
Shining Knight: Why don't you?
Justice League Unlimited, "Patriot Act"

Give up? General Specific never says "I give up!" Uh... except as an example of what I never say!
General Specific, Sheep in the Big City

I don't know the meaning of the word "surrender!" ...I mean, I know it, I'm not dumb... Just - not in this context.

But get back up on your feet, because it's the getting back up that counts. And that shows you've got heart. That's what helps keep you going. Fall down seven times... get up eight.

    Real Life 

The process goes... you have to think: "This novel I am writing is no good." Then you have to think: "All my novels are no good." And then, when you reach that point, you can begin.
Martin Amis

Whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...
Sir Winston Churchill, Speech to the House of Commons of the British Parliament, 4 June 1940

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour, and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
Sir Winston Churchill again

If you're going through hell, keep going.

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper, but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to his circumstance.
David Hume

Just as much can be achieved through perseverance as through talent.

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

I believe in one thing only, the power of human will.

I think I'd have had to have my foot amputated before I came off this pitch.
— Chelsea captain John Terry, 2006

To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; and to forgo even ambition when the end is gained who can say this is not greatness?
William Makepeace Thackeray

Intellectually, he is dogged rather than brilliant.

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
Denis Waitley

Without arrogance or the smallest deviation from truth it may be said that no history now extant can furnish an instance of an army's suffering such uncommon hardships as ours has done, and bearing them with the same patience and fortitude. To see men, without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lie on, without shoes, by which their marches might be traced by blood from their feet, and almost as often without provisions as with them, marching through the frost and snow, and at Christmas taking up their winter-quarters within a day's march of the enemy, without a house or hut to cover them, till they could be built, and submitting to it without a murmur, is a proof of patience and obedience, which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled.

Porque ele brasileiro e não desiste nunca.
(Because (he) is Brazilian and never gives up.)
— A series of advertisements on Brazilian television

In any weather you will see us with a grin
Risking hair and skin
If we're behind, then never mind, we'll fight and fight and win!
Richmond Tigers theme song

Animals flee this hell, the hardest stones cannot endure it; only men endure.