Tenacity Quotes (7 quotes)
Again and again in reading even his [William Thomson] most abstract writings one is struck by the tenacity with which physical ideas control in him the mathematical form in which he expressed them. An instance of this is afforded by an example of a mathematical result that is, in his own words, not instantly obvious from the analytical form of my solution, but which we immediately see must be the case by thinking of the physical meaning of the result.
I am a great believer in the simplicity of things and as you probably know I am inclined to hang on to broad & simple ideas like grim death until evidence is too strong for my tenacity.
I am very fond of the oyster shell. It is humble and awkward and ugly. It is slate-colored and unsymmetrical. Its form is not primarily beautiful but functional. I make fun of its knobbiness. Sometimes I resent its burdens and excrescences. But its tireless adaptability and tenacity draw my astonished admiration and sometimes even my tears. And it is comfortable in its familiarity, its homeliness, like old garden gloves when have molded themselves perfectly to the shape of the hand.
I hardly know of a great physical truth whose universal reception has not been preceded by an epoch in which the most estimable persons have maintained that the phenomena investigated were directly dependent on the Divine Will, and that the attempt to investigate them was not only futile but blasphemous. And there is a wonderful tenacity of life about this sort of opposition to physical science. Crushed and maimed in every battle, it yet seems never to be slain; and after a hundred defeats it is at this day as rampant, though happily not so mischievous, as in the time of Galileo.
Memory is to mind as viscosity is to protoplasm it gives a kind of tenacity to thought—a kind of pied ΰ terre from which it can, and without it could not, advance.
Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight in cleverness.
Those who know physicists and mountaineers know the traits they have in common: a dream-and-drive spirit, a bulldog tenacity of purpose, and an openness to try any route to the summit.