continuing to attempt something despite difficulty, failure, or opposition

a.k.a. doggedness, indefatigability, persistence, sisu, steadfastness, tenacity

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • bull-headedness (vice of excess)
  • folding in the face of adversity
  • giving up too early
  • being a quitter
  • pertinacity (vice of excess)
  • stubbornness (vice of excess)

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it

  • “Giving up” is a coping strategy for dealing with stress. If you over-rely on it, the solution might be to strengthen some of the many other possible coping strategies.

Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” ―Maya Angelou
  • “Little strokes fell great oaks.” ―Benjamin Franklin (as Poor Richard)