The Old Man and the Sea
Perseverance Quotes Page 6
How we cite our quotes:
The old man is superior to others not because of his strength, but because of his willingness to endure pain and his determination to win.
Although the black man is a better athlete than the old man, the old man is more determined and therefore wins.
The old man uses his own determination to test the limits of that of the fish.
The old man’s determination pays off; while he cannot beat the fish in strength, he slowly wears him down instead.
That the old man speaks to himself illustrates the intensity of the situation; he has to verbally convince himself to endure.
Because the old man addresses his body, we see a difference in psychological determination, which is undying, and physical determination, which has its limits.