30 Motivational Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Grit by Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. 

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit by Angela Duckworth is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. 

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called “grit.”

Keep scrolling to read the Top 30 Motivational Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth.

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30 Motivational Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  1. Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  2. Our potential is one thing. What we do with it is quite another.

  3. It soon became clear that doing one thing better and better might be more satisfying than staying an amateur at many different things.

  4. Nobody wants to show you the hours and hours of becoming. They’d rather show the highlight of what they’ve become.

  5. As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  6. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.

  7. I learned a lesson I’d never forget. The lesson was that, when you have setbacks and failures, you can’t overreact to them.

  8. When you keep searching for ways to change your situation for the better, you stand a chance of finding them. When you stop searching, assuming they can’t be found, you guarantee they won.

  9. The main thing is that greatness is doable. Greatness is many, many individual feats, and each of them is doable.

  10. At its core, the idea of purpose is the idea that what we do matters to people other than ourselves.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  11. Most dazzling human achievements are, in fact, the aggregate of countless individual elements, each of which is, in a sense, ordinary.

  12. Without effort, your talent is nothing more than unmet potential.

  13. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn’t.

  14. Stop reading so much and go think.

  15. It isn’t suffering that leads to hopelessness. It’s suffering you think you can’t control.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  16. One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday.

  17. I have a feeling tomorrow will be better is different from I resolve to make tomorrow better.

  18. Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.

  19. No whining. No complaining. No excuses.

  20. Passion begins with intrinsically enjoying what you do.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  21. To be gritty is to resist complacency.

  22. Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

  23. When it comes to how we fare in the marathon of life, effort counts tremendously.

  24. A girl who is told repeatedly that she’s no genius ends up winning an award for being one. The award goes to her because she has discovered that what we eventually accomplish may depend more on our passion and perseverance than on our innate talent.

  25. Being a “promising beginner” is fun, but being an actual expert is infinitely more gratifying.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

  26. Do not let temporary setbacks become permanent excuses.

  27. There are no shortcuts to excellence.

  28. What ripens passion is the conviction that your work matters. For most people, interest without purpose is nearly impossible to sustain for a lifetime.

  29. Grit has two components: passion and perseverance.

  30. Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it.

    Quotes from Grit by Angela Duckworth

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