Quoting Calvin Coolidge: ‘Press On’

May 24th, 2011, by


When Tom Selleck came to the set recently, he brought a gift in honor of Tavis’ new book, FAIL UP: 20 Lessons On Building Success From Failure.

The gift was a quote from Calvin Coolidge about persistence.

Tavis read the quote during the conversation, and a couple of viewers asked that we share the quote with them again online (h/t Tondra and Melany A.).

So here it is. It certainly is powerful.


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 always will solve the problems of the human race.” ~Calvin Coolidge

  • michael chylak

    In other words, Keep the faith!

  • Marcia Vitucci

    With persistence you win everything, can do anything.

  • YogiFish

    Great Words To Work With There.

  • kelly

    Awesome quote. Loved the interview with Tom.

  • rich banaszak

    Thank you Mr. Selleck for bringing this qoute to light i was very inspired when Tavis read that ,it pulled me out of the dumps i have been in trying to understand why my common life has been so dificult despite my inteligence and work ethic. I am ussually a very determined persistant person watching your interview and that qoute reinvigorated me Thank You again

  • Trudi

    It’s a great quote. Your interview with Tom Selleck was wonderful. As a Professional Actor I comment Selleck for talking about the real nuts and bolts of a Performer’s Life. It ain’t all skittles and beer. I love your Program and I try to never miss it. Best Regard, Trudi Goodman

  • Ray

    I stumbled on to this quote in an old reader’s digest 15 years ago. The “press on” principle has been pivotal in my role as a father, military operator, and leader!

  • Kelly Tillman

    This quote is pinned on the bulletin board of our dojo. I read it every time I feel like throwing in the towel.

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