Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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.
Calvin Coolidge was a U.S. president, not a writer, but his quote is a great one. As with every single president ever, some people liked him. Some didn't.
Fun Facts about Calvin Coolidge:
- Before politics, he worked as a commercial lawyer.
- He was quiet and withdrawn, earning the nickname "Silent Cal."
- His 16 year old son, Calvin, died of blood poisoning from an infected blister.
- I have a kid named Calvin! We lean more toward the Calvin and Hobbes type rather than the Coolidge variety, but I think it's a great name.
I love this quote. It means I can be a talentless hack, not very smart, unaccomplished as a literary genius, and I still have a chance at getting published some day, because I'll never give up! I can work with that.