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Element 15. Staying Power

Persistence can grind an iron beam down into a needle.

—Chinese proverb

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 alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.

—Calvin Coolidge, U S president.
Broadside distributed to agents of the New York Life Insurance Company, 1932.
Former President Coolidge was at the time a director of the New York Life Insurance Company.


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