As the title suggests, Angela Duckworth’s book Grit: The Power of Passion and Persistence explains how passion and perseverance may help you achieve your goals. We often assume that in order to be successful, one must possess the skill, but the author suggests the reverse. Angela Duckworth claims that concentrated perseverance, which she refers to as “grit,” is the key to success. So we’ve compiled a selection of quotes from Angela Duckworth’s book Grit that will help you get started on the road to success.

Quotes from the book Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit depends on a different kind of hope. It rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

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

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

Grit by Angela Duckworth

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

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

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

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

Grit by Angela Duckworth

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

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

The highly accomplished were paragons of perseverance.

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Do not let temporary setbacks become permanent excuses.

Enthusiasm is common, endurance is rare.

For most people, interest without purpose is nearly impossible to sustain for a lifetime.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Most of us become more conscientious, confident, caring, and calm with life experience.

Staying on the treadmill is one thing, and I do think it’s related to staying true to our commitments even when we’re not comfortable. But getting back on the treadmill the next day, eager to try again, is in my view even more reflective of grit.

I came to appreciate that in doing something over and over again, something that was never natural becomes almost second nature.

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Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

Grit has two components: passion and perseverance.

A clear, well-defined philosophy gives you the guidelines and boundaries that keep you on track.

Interest without purpose is nearly impossible to sustain for a lifetime.

It’s a little like saying we don’t care at all about physical attractiveness in a romantic partner and then, when it comes to actually choosing whom to date, picking the cute guy over the nice one.

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

The focus on talent distracts us from something that is at least as important, and that is effort.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Any successful person has to decide what to do in part by deciding what not to do.

Tendency not to abandon tasks from mere changeability.

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