“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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

For artists in particular, there is a need to defy the odds of being the one to make it. In conversation, I find myself standing up for friends as much as I stand up for self, in having this faith that if you just keep going, you can reach your personal top. This quote plays with, and into that theology. 

It informs me of what I need to get back into, for sure. NYC•Gaijin.

Thoughts and personal takes on this quote, that I found here?