Giving Up Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old giving up quotes, giving up sayings, and giving up proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.     

Marilyn vos Savant

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

Thomas A. Edison

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sacrifice everything, and give up nothing.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.     

Michael Jordan

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.     


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


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


There is no failure except in no longer trying.     

Elbert Hubbard

Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.     

Sir Winston Churchill

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.     

Albert Einstein

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

When things go wrong, don't go with them.     

Elvis Presley

Giving up represents a choice you make when you decide not to take action on something over which you actually do have control.     

Darren L. Johnson

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.     

John D. Rockefeller

The only one who can make you give up is yourself.     

Sidney Sheldon

Circumstances don't defeat you -you defeat yourself when you give up.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.     

Winston Churchill

Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It's no use. I can't go on. If you do you're licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.     

Conrad Hilton

All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means - you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.     

Vincent Lombardi

Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it just means you're strong enough to let go.     


The only thing you should ever quit is giving up!     

Steve Pfiester

Don't give up trying to find your way. But do remember that sometimes it takes bending to avoid breaking.     

Katinka Hesselink

Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.     

H Jackson Brown Jr

If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen.     

English Proverb

Better return half way than lose yourself.     

Dutch Proverb

Either do not begin or, having begun, do not give up.     

Chinese Proverb

A just man falls seven times, and rises up again.     

Biblical Proverb

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.     

Jack Ma

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

Jesse Jackson

All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.     

Orison Swett Marden

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

Thomas Alva Edison

Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.     

H.Ross Perot

Never give up on something you really want. It's difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret.     


Where there is a will there is a way.     

English Proverb

No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.     

Maeve Greyson

Every cloud has a silver lining.     

John Milton

Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts.     

Ruth Gordon

Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.     

Emily Dickinson

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.     

Robert Anthony

Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it!     

Richard E. Grant

The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does notgive up can move mountains.     

Ernest Hello

Try and fail, but don't fail to try.     

Stephen Kaggwa

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.     

William James

Setbacks are temporary as long as you don't give up.     

Kevin Ngo

I can't do it' never yet accomplished anything. 'I will try' has performed miracles.     

George P. Burnham

I can't' isn't a reason to give up, it's a reason to try harder.     


I felt so much better since I gave up hope.      

Zen Comics

Wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.      

Toni Morrison

The act of giving something up is painful. But as we negotiate the curves and corners of our lives, we must continually give up parts of ourselves. The only alternative is not to travel at all on the journey of life.     

M. Scott Peck

You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.     

Trina Paulus

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

Thomas Edison

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.     

Helen Keller

Don't give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you stumble onto something terrific. I have never heard of anyone stumbling over anything while he was sitting down.     

Ann Landers

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.     

Eric Butterworth

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.     

Herbert Kaufman

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit.     

Marilyn vos Savant

As long as I can stand it, God, I'll keep on keeping on.     

Ray Charles

Self-discipline never means giving up anything, for giving up is a loss. Our Lord did not ask us to give up the things of earth, but to exchange them for better things.     

Fulton John Sheen

Success is the inability to give up. Failure is giving up.     

Nadia McInnis

You might feel like giving up on your dreams. Do not give up, there is an unexplainable joy waiting for you.     

Nadia MacInnis

The habit of giving up when the present task is half-finished and trying something else is one of the chief causes of failure.     

Christian D. Larson

It's not how hard you hit. It's how hard you get hit...and keep moving forward.      

Randy Pausch

It is okay to fail as long as you keep trying.     


Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter and crawled out.     

Catch Me If You Can

Relying on solitude is easy; giving up things to do is hard.     

Adept Godrakpa

Waiting, and waiting /, After all, I am giving up, / To be free / From waiting / To start / A new journey of new hopes / And new dreams.     

Ehsan Sehgal

Give up trying to make me give up.     

Masashi Kishimoto

Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.     

Chis Bradford

When you know who matters most to you, giving things up, even yourself, doesn't really feel like a sacrifice.     

Kiera Cass

Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.     

Chris Bradford

How long should you try? Until.     

Jim Rohn

Never give up on the fight until you win the belt.     

Israelmore Ayivor

Falling doesn't give you a reason to give up, as long as you believe.     

Naruto Diaries

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

Babe Ruth

It always seems impossible until it’s done.     

Nelson Mandela

You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up.     

Chuck Yeager