Never Give Up: 101 Inspirational Quotes by Mel Waller

Never Give Up:

101 Inspirational Quotes

by Amazon Bestselling Author Mel Waller

Mel & Wen’s

Life Transformation Publishing   (Used With Permission)

Copyright © 2016

ISBN-13: 978-1530343751

ISBN-10: 1530343755

I must dedicate this book to myself for not giving up during the times in my life when darkness surrounded me. There were times when I could not see how I could possibly survive. Darkness, depression, self destructive thoughts from within. In the end, I was able to grasp a flicker of light and hope and rise once again.

Never, ever give up!

Live and Love with Passion!

Life Life Abundantly!

Blessings & Love to you and yours!

Mel Waller

Never Give Up!

I have had many amazing experiences in my life. I have experienced extreme highs and lows in life.

I have been through bankruptcy, divorce and seriously considered suicide twice in my life. There is no one more grateful that I never gave up on myself and my life.

I approach life now as Life University. There are lessons to be learned in every experience. Our own thinking is the greatest challenge, because as we believe so it becomes. We create our own reality. And we can just as easily create a better, more empowering reality than the one we might have in front of us now. It really is that simple.

In studying other success stories and reflecting on my own life, there seems to be a common theme of when we are about to reach a major goal or success that there is a wall or mountain put in our path that we must overcome. For many, its what causes them to lose hope and quit right when they are about to have what they have been working so hard to gain.

Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Don’t give up on your dreams. Find a way to make a reality.


Mel Waller

Quotes are arranged alphabetically.




A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the

circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.

-B.F. Skinner,

American psychologist

A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

-Richard M. Nixon,

Former President USA

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

-Nelson Mandela

Nobel Prize Winner,

South African President

Along the highway to success, you will find many attractions & distractions. Enjoy the

journey, but don’t allow them to sidetrack you or forget your mission. Keep moving


-Mel Waller,

Author, Entrepreneur

As long as you are alive, it is never too late.

– John Mackey,

Author, Entrepreneur

Believe anything is possible and then work like hell to make it happen.

-Julianna Margulies,


Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else.

-Brian Tracy,

Author, Success Trainer

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’

-Mary Anne Radmacher,


Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.

-André A. Jackson

Difficulties break some men, but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

-Nelson Mandela,

Nobel Prize Winner,

South African President

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.


Don’t close the book when bad things happen in your life! Just turn the page and start a new chapter!

–LaToya Jackson,

Singer, Actress, Author

Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

–John Wooden.

Pro Basketball Coach

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

–Earl Nightingale,

Radio Host.

Self Improvement Speaker

Don’t quit. Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it. Listen to your drum and your drum only. It’s the one that makes the sweetest sound.

-Simon Sinek,


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

–Samuel Beckett,

Irish Novelist, Playwright and Poet

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.

-Babe Ruth,

Pro Baseball Player

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

-Henry Ford,

Founder-Ford Motor Co

Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will!


I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.

-Emma Watson,


I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.

–Albert Einstein,

Theoretical Physicist

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.

–Walter Cronkite,

Broadcast Journalist,

CBS News Anchorman

I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

–Thomas Edison, Inventor of the Light Bulb

If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 242 times, there would be no Starbucks

If J.K. Rowling stopped after being turned down by multiple publishers for years, there would be no Harry Potter

If Walt Disney quit too soon after his theme park concept was trashed 302 times, there would be no Disneyland.

If someone is strong enough to bring you down, show them you are strong enough to get back up.


If you can’t fly then run.

If you can’t run then walk.

If you can’t walk then crawl,

but whatever you do, you have

to keep moving forward.


If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.

-Jesse Jackson,

Civil Rights Activist, Minister

I’m not giving up. I’m just starting over.


In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right.

-Arriana Huffington,

Author, Co-Founder of Huffington Post

In life, you have 3 choices. Give up, give in, or give it your all.

-Charleston Parker,


It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.


Chinese Philosopher

It doesn’t matter that your dream came true if you spent your whole life sleeping. So get out there and go for it, but don’t be caught waiting. It’s great to plan for your future. Just don’t live there, because really nothing ever happens in the future. Whatever happens happens now, so live your life where the action is — now.

-Jerry Zucker,

Film Director

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

-J.K. Rowling,

Author, Harry Potter Series

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

-George Eliot,


It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it is refusing to fail.


I’ve been exhausted, I’ve been afraid and I’ve wanted to quit more times than I can remember. But I just never did and I never will.

-Cliff Hannold

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

-Michael Jordan,

Pro Basketball Player

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

-Thomas Edison,

American Inventor

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

-Dale Carnegie,


My advice would be to follow your dream. Most of my life, I was in second place before I came in first place. I hope that inspired people to never give up.

-Jackie Evancho,


My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.

-Bjorn Borg,

Former Tennis Champion

My mom has always been my support system. She taught me to never give up and to keep pursuing my passions no

matter what.

-Mandy Moore, Singer, Songwriter, Actress

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.

Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

-Winston Churchill,

Former Prime Minister UK

Never Give Up

“I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get a job but I have always been rejected. When KFC came to China for the first time, we were 24 to apply and I was the only one to be dismissed.

I wanted to go into the police and 5 postulants, I was the only one not to be accepted.

I applied 10 times to return to Harvard University USA and I was rejected. ”

-Jack Ma, Alibaba Creator and 22nd World fortune according to Forbes in 2015 with $29.8 billion.

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.

-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.,


Never give up, which is the lesson I learned from boxing. As soon as you learn to never give up, you have to learn the power and wisdom of unconditional surrender, and that one doesn’t cancel out the other; they just exist as contradictions. The wisdom of it comes as you get older.

-Kris Kristofferson

Actor, Singer

No matter how hard the battle gets or no matter how many people DON’T believe in your dream, Never give up!

-Eric Thomas,

Author, Motivational Speaker

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.


Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: we shall try again and again, and we are bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but we have to defy them. So do not give up, do not give up! Continue, continue! The goal is ahead of you. If you do not give up, you are bound to reach your destined goal.

-Sri Chinmoy,

Spiritual Teacher, India

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.

-Jane Addams,

Activist, Reformer

Nothing is impossible,

the word itself says,

“I’m possible!”

-Audrey Hepburn,


On one hand, we know that everything happens for a reason, and there are no mistakes or coincidences. On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and energy, we can reverse any decree or karma. So, which is it? Let the Light decide, or never give up? The answer is: both.

-Yehuda Berg,


One thing that was passed on from generation to generation in my family, over seven generations in 200 years, was never give up. That’s the way we live.

-Nik Wallenda,

Author, Acrobat

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.


Chinese Philosopher

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

-Thomas A. Edison,

American Inventor

People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get ahead in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.

-George Bernard Shaw,

Irish Playright, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in Literature

Ready, Fire, Aim. This is the approach I have used all my life. There are always decisions to be made. In my experience, it is better not to get caught up in over-analysis of a problem. So if you feel positive in your gut, in your na ‘au, about your idea – do it. Don’t get stuck in the limbo of “Ready, Aim…Aim…Aim…”—and let someone else do the “Firing.” Be there first!

-E. Bakken

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.


Remember: Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.

-Rocky Balboa,

Main Character Rocky Movies

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions

-Robin Hood,

Fictional Character

Seriously, I grew up a fan of Hulk Hogan, and I think I bring some of his best values to the ring… the values of a superhero. Always do your best. Never give up… I think kids want to believe in that, and they should believe in that.

-John Cena,

Pro Wrestler, Actor

Some days you’re gonna get it right and some days you’re gonna get it wrong. But no matter what, never stop trying to get it!

-Eddie Harris Jr.

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is true strength.

-Arnold Schwarzenegger,

Actor, Former California Gov

Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.

-Israelmore Ayivor,

Author, Youth Coach

Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

-Conrad Hilton,

Founder Hilton Hotels

Successful people spend 10% of their time focused on the problems and 90% of the rest, focused on the solution.

-Tony Robbins,

Success Coach, Author and Entrepreneur

Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.

-Bear Grylls,

Adventurer, Writer

and TV Presenter

The day you give up on your dreams is the day you give up on yourself.


The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

-Napoleon Hill,


The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked. Period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me; you might be all of those things – you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m gonna die. It’s really that simple, right? … You’re not going to outwork me. 

-Will Smith, Actor

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

-Chinese Proverb

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

-Ayn Rand,


The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

-Rocky Balboa

Main Rocky Movie Character

There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common-sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared; never give up; and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: – Shine!

-Jimmy Smits,


There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.

-Chrissie Wellington, 

4 time World Ironman Champion

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.

-Charlie Jones

To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.

-Sugar Ray Robinson,

Boxing Champion

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

-Mark Twain,


View Your Life from the Perspective of Eternity

Do you see the small white dot? We very often see things in a negative light because we are unable or unwilling to see the big picture. I have learned the valuable lesson that EVERYTHING that has happened to me or around me was good for me even if at the time I only saw pain and suffering.

I wasn’t open to seeing the big picture of how my life would be positively impacted in time as a result. This is profound.

We need to adapt the belief that everything is for a greater good even in those times we are only grasping at thin air to know what that greater good could possibly be.

We may encounter many defeats but we must NOT be defeated

-Maya Angelou,

Author, Poet,

Civil Rights Activist

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.

-Joseph Campbell,


We will either find a way or make one.


Carthaginian General

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

-Napoleon Hill,


When I moved to Los Angeles, aged 54, I printed out Winston Churchill’s phrase, ‘Never, never, never give up’, and stuck it on my fridge. I had no idea what was going to happen, but I knew I had to keep on going.

-Alan Dale, Actor

When life is sweet, say thank you & celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you & grow.

-Shauna Niequest,


When things go wrong,

as they sometimes will,

When the road your climbing seems all up hill,

When funds are low

and debts are high,

When you want to smile

but you have to sigh,

When care is getting you down a bit,

Rest if you must –

but don’t you quit.

-Larry Bock,


When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.

-Winston Churchill,

Former Prime Minister, UK

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

-Harriet Beecher Stowe,

American Abolitionist, Author

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt,

American President

Whenever you have taken up work in hand, you must see it to the finish. That is the ultimate secret of success. Never, never, never give up!

-Dada Vaswani,

Spiritual Leader, India

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

-Vince Lombardi,

Former Head Coach

Green Bay Packers

Why Do I Succeed?

I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not. I will fight against the odds. I will sacrifice. I am not shackled by fear, insecurity, or doubt. I feel those emotions, drink them in and then swallow them away to the blackness of hell.

I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride. Pride consumes the weak, kills their heart from within.

If I fall, I will get up. If I am beaten, I will return.

I will never stop getting better. I will never give up, ever.

That is why I succeed.


You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

-Christopher Columbus,

Italian explorer, navigator

You get some success. You run into some walls…it’s how tenacious you are, how irrepressible, how ultimately

optimistic and tenacious you are about it that will determine your success.

-Steve Ballmer,

CEO Microsoft

You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.

-Babe Ruth,

American Pro Baseball Player

You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.

-Richelle E. Goodrich,


You might have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

-Margaret Thatcher

Former Prime Minister UK

You must have a high threshold for frustration. Take it from the guy who was turned down by every studio in Hollywood. You must knock on doors until your knuckles bleed. Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again. It’s the only way to achieve your goals in life.

-Michael Uslan, Batman

Movies Producer

You should never give up your inner self.

-Clint Eastwood,

Actor, Director

You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.

-Steve Case, 

co-founder of AOL

You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.

-Denzel Washington,


Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.

-Frank Tyger,

editorial cartoonist, columnist and humorist

Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up.

-Nicki Minaj,

Singer, Songwriter

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