Top 41 Grit Quotes

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“Being a top performer – whether it’s in business or on the athletic field – requires grit and tenacity, as well as the continuous desire to become better.”

― Amy Morin

“Millennials get a bad rap sometimes about their grit and perseverance.”

― Andrew Yang

“We made ‘Wretched and Divine,’ and as much as I love it, it’s a pretty sparkly record – it’s a record that could be done as a play because it’s very theatrical with no grit.”

― Andy Biersack

“I think the thing that makes Indiana basketball special is that they have incredible teams, both college teams and pro teams, and they’re all about grit.”

― Andy Mineo

“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

― Angela Duckworth

“At various points, in big ways and small, we get knocked down. If we stay down, grit loses. If we get up, grit prevails.”

― Angela Duckworth

“The parenting style that is good for grit is also the parenting style good for most other things: Be really, really demanding, and be very, very supportive.”

― Angela Duckworth

“Grit and self-control are related, but they’re not the same thing.”

― Angela Duckworth

“Grit may carry risk because it’s about putting all your eggs in one basket, to some extent.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I now have Grit Scale scores from thousands of American adults. My data provide a snapshot of grit across adulthood. And I’ve discovered a strikingly consistent pattern: grit and age go hand in hand. Sixty-somethings tend to be grittier, on average, than fifty-somethings, who are in turn grittier than forty-somethings, and so on.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I would be surprised if my girls ended up as women without grit. I really would.”

― Angela Duckworth

“I like high fantasy as much as the next guy, but I also like a bit of grit and grime with my faux-medieval trappings.”

― Antony Johnston

“I was always drawn to darker sounds, things with an edge and a little bit of grit, things that have a lot of emotion and a lot of drive.”

― Aubrie Sellers

“The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.”

― Brian May

“I like things that make you grit your teeth. I like tucking my chin in and sort of leading into the storm. I like that feeling. I like it a lot.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“You need to learn a practical lesson. Grit alone is not going to save you from sinking.”

― David Robinson

“Documentaries require an enormous amount of grit and empathy – and that is something women are incredibly strong at.”

― Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“In ‘True Grit,’ we had a vulture, a trained vulture… that was a pain and that was – even by vulture standards – probably a stupid vulture, and that was frustrating.”

― Ethan Coen

“’True Grit’ is one of the few books my sons let me read to them – and paid attention to – when they were younger.”

― George Pelecanos

“When I was auditioning for ‘True Grit,’ I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable.”

― Hailee Steinfeld

“Sticking with a marriage. That’s true grit, man.”

― Jeff Bridges

“It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”

― Jessamyn West

“I like grit. I like love and death. I’m tired of irony.”

― Jim Harrison

“I’ve seen John Wayne’s ‘True Grit’ about 10 times.”

― John Glenn

“Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.”

― John Ortberg

“Touring itself – and I was very young, and a lot of it I did by myself – it’s lonely, but it does give you some kind of spine, I think. It does give you some kind of grit.”

― Julie Andrews

“’The Iliad’ includes some snappy sports reporting, and writers ever since have been probing athletes for signifiers, for metaphor amped by grit under pressure.”

― Katherine Dunn

“On ‘City Music’, I wanted there to be grit, and I wanted it to be loose, and I wanted there to be mistakes.”

― Kevin Morby

“The way that I’ve been raised and the things I’ve had to do has given me grit that is unmatchable unless you were beside me.”

― Lacey Evans

“Grit can’t be measured on pop quizzes, but it can often predict long-term success more than mere intelligence.”

― Laura Moser

“In Wyoming, the beauty of our mountains is matched only by the grit of our people.”

― Liz Cheney

“What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit, and it takes grace.”

― Meryl Streep

“Some people, you have to grit your teeth in order to stay in the same room as them, but you get on and ask the questions you assume most of the people watching want to ask.”

― Morley Safer

“One of the greatest boons that can ever come to a human being is to be born on a farm and reared in the country. Self-reliance and grit are oftenest country-bred.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“From ‘Midnight Cowboy’ to ‘Taxi Driver’ is a brief era whose grit, beauty, and violence has been quite mythologized.”

― Rachel Kushner

“I can’t think of anyone I admire who isn’t fuelled by self-doubt. It’s an essential ingredient. It’s the grit in the oyster.”

― Richard Eyre

“No one ever wants fight of the night. Every fight I’ve gone in, I want knockout of the night. I want to be in and out quick. Sometimes, these guys just have a lot of grit – they’re highly trained, and I just can’t get them out of there, so I get fight of the night.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I couldn’t imagine ‘True Grit’ in 3D. I think the idea is sort of absurd.”

― Roger Deakins

“As important as hustle is, grit and resilience are equally as important because there’s a lot of rejection in our business.”

― Troy Carter

“Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic, they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit.”

― Wade Davis

“In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth.”

― Yasser Arafat
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