Sometimes when we are tired and weary, a few wise words can be enough to keep us going. Here are some inspirational words on the importance of perseverance, from people who should know: 

"Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential." — Winston S. Churchill. 

Churchill was Prime Minister of Great Britain during WWII. He led the British people during the darkest days of the Blitz and helped design the strategies that won WWII for the Allies. 

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"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou. 

After surviving a sexual assault at the age of seven, Angelou persevered to become one of America’s greatest artists. She was an activist, novelist, poet, magazine editor, dancer, actress, calypso singer, and college professor. At age 17, she was the first African American and the first female streetcar conductor in San Francisco. By the time she passed away in 2014, she had written over 30 books and had more than 30 honorary degrees, despite never attending college. 

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road...Unless you fail to make the turn."  — Helen Keller. 

Keller lost her sight and hearing during an illness as a toddler. Thanks to the efforts of her teacher and friend, Annie Sullivan, Keller learned to sign and became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor’s degree. She became an author, activist and lecturer, traveling the world to share her story.  

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems." — Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi was a lawyer and a civil rights activist in both his native India and South Africa. He was a key figure in the fight against British colonialism in India, and his philosophy of non-violent protest continues to inspire generations of activists.