Never Give In . . . .

Two years ago (August 22, 2011), I had a post titled “Calvin Coolidge.”  The post repeated Coolidge’s oft-quoted words which ended “. . . .Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Winston Churchill was a pretty special guy and he brought these words to a whole new semantic level.  In 1941, during the dark days of World War II, Winston Churchill was invited to give the commencement address at the Harrow School. Known for rapier wit and great wisdom – Churchill addressed the young graduates.  But he spoke to the nation.  His comments concluded with an admonition to all – 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 honor and good sense.”

It’s often easy to give up.  Back down.  Throw in the towel.  But with words like Churchill’s – and those of Coolidge – we can’t help but be inspired,  How can one look in the mirror and say “it’s finished” when the specter of Churchill looms over one’s shoulder.  William Manchester’s trilogy The Last Lion chronicles the life of Churchill. It is the best biography I have ever read and one I would highly recommend. It might take a while to read (it’s over 3,000 pages) but don’t give up.  Press on.  Keep reading.  Never give in. . . . .

Calvin Coolidge

Calvin Coolidge – known as “Silent Cal” – was known for his brevity — and his wisdom.  Coolidge helped restore respect and confidence to the White House after the dreadful scandals of his predecessor, Warren Harding.

For years, I have had a saying of Calvin Coolidge stapled, pinned or taped (once glued) to the wall of my office.  Each day when I arrive, I sit down, turn on the computer and my eyes drift to this saying I have (now pinned) — to the left of my computer screen.   The saying of Calvin Coolidge – that serves as a constant reminder (and kick in the caboose) – goes as follows:

Nothing in the 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 are omnipotent.  The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”