Oratorical Piece: I will Persist Until I Succeed

I was not delivered unto this World in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.  I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.  The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.  Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.  Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.

I will be likened to the rain drop which washes away the mountain, the ant that devours a tiger, the star which brightens the earth, and the slave who builds a pyramid.  I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.  I will persist until I succeed.

I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat.  I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair.  I will toil and I will endure.

I will remember the ancient law of averages and I will bend it to my good.  Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come.  Each misfortune I encounter I will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck.  I must have the night to appreciate the day.  I must fail often to succeed only once.  I will persist until I succeed.

Never will I allow any day to end with a failure.  Thus I will plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advance over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time.  When others cease their struggle, then mine will begin, and my harvest will be full.

Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the greatest foundation of failure.  I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist?  For I know one of the greatest principles of success – if I persist long enough, I will win.

I will persist!  I will win!girl

49 Responses to Oratorical Piece: I will Persist Until I Succeed

  1. Song Jah says:

    I love it.. this is exactly what I’m looking for..thanks a lot..:)

  2. abe says:

    who is the author?

  3. Lourdes says:

    hi! you know what? my professor made an oratorical piece.. for me to use in our educ. week..and it was so aLike with ur piece..

  4. jaymar_08 says:

    awsome!..i absolutely like it.

  5. mon edison zara says:


  6. Michael says:

    I really love the piece…
    I got a high score in my presentaion
    because of thise piece… thanks a lot.

  7. Ricel says:

    Who is the Author of this?

  8. ayyah says:

    The author, I think, is named Og Mandino. :)

  9. Ynacel says:

    that’s what i looking for and i memorize it!!..

  10. jampong says:

    i love it

  11. jampong says:

    can i borrow it for my speech class presentation??..hehe..it is so nice..tnx

  12. serge says:

    ` I really love the piece !

    because of it ,
    i got a high score during my
    presentation !
    a million thanks !

  13. joy says:

    Exactly! This piece was written by Og Mandino in his book “The Greatest Salesman in the World”.Actually I had read the entire book and it is so nice.There’s a lot more that you can learn from it.Hope you will find some time to read it…

  14. Author says:

    is dumb

  15. Author says:

    I am the author of this book……..

  16. aiai says:

    this is really amazing….know that i love speech.

  17. kick navera says:

    its difficult to memorize,but i persist so i win…………..

  18. kathleen says:

    i love it ! i will memorize it ..

  19. lecirkix says:

    it’s nice to read this piece again, i delivered this piece way back in the 90’s. i was like 12 years old at that time.

  20. mark klein says:

    i love this oratorical piece!!!thanks for og mandino!!he make me a good orator of this!!!good bless og mandino!!!!!

  21. ran cruspero says:

    can we use it in a declamation contest?

  22. ran cruspero says:

    can we use it in a declamation contest?
    pls answer me>>>>

  23. T.Aralin says:

    yes, but it depends on how u deliver it

  24. marga says:

    i’m gonna use this piece for the oratorical contest :)

  25. FRANCIS says:

    im gonna use this for my performance..


    to the author

  26. anne says:

    I’ll try to use this piece too. :))
    hope I would be able to memorize it all.

  27. Angelica says:

    nice one! it symbolizes how to smile

  28. pOp kIsS says:

    awesome!!i will use this as my final practicum !!hehehe i really love it !! <3 tnx !!!!
    copy paste !

  29. pOp kIsS says:

    awesome!!i will use this piece4 my final practicum !!hehehe i really love it !! <3 tnx !!!!
    copy paste !

  30. pamplona says:

    thank you for the piece! i very much like it…

  31. Kathleen Lay says:

    Nice piece! Inspires me alot:)

  32. Abby says:

    really awesome!

  33. golde says:

    very inspiring piece i really like it..

  34. Aiko says:

    Og mandino is the author of this oratorical piece

  35. razegriz says:

    This Speech is is very uninspiring =(

  36. Johanna Bantiling says:


  37. Abe says:

    Who is the author? can I use this as my piece for our assignment? thank you

  38. its great….

    hahahaa i really love this oratorical piece.

    who is the author?…

  39. ztnilc says:

    hey >>> whoever is the author of this piece .. I would like to thank you … I’ve used this piece since I was high school and now that I’m in college I’m still using this piece … thanks ..

  40. jhiah says:

    NICE !! ..
    this is actually a combination of courage and inspiration for the students.

    i’ll use it for the contest.. :)

  41. eyenskie says:

    i love it so much.

    ..the one who compose this is awsome

  42. kyuhyunsabrinacho says:

    i’m scared!!
    i’e been searching some oration then tenneeen!

  43. Ma. Cristelle Angeline M. Dimalanta says:

    i love it i will use it in a pageant .. =)

  44. MG says:

    I really love this piece especially its message. I’ll use this as my declamation piece although I know its an oratorical piece since “T.Aralin says: yes, but it depends on how u deliver it”. I’ll just do my best in expressing this with full of emotions.

  45. Ralph Saragena says:

    wow its really nice very inpiring and to think that this piece has been around for quite some time already…

  46. Ro MonDe says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve been reading Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World and i never knew that it can be used for Oration. Thanks for posting I will use this for Oration. Good bless to me :D!

  47. Najmah says:

    Thanks for this awesome piece. I got the 1st Place.

  48. rochel says:

    its Og Mandino,,he is the author

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