Grit: The Courage to Continue



Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.
– Winston Churchill


Kathmandu, Nepal

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.
– John Ortberg

Charikar, Afghanistan

Johnstown, PA, USA

Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence.
It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets
you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve
upon a given interest and do it again and again.
– Sarah Lewis, PhD

Calcutta, India

Afghan Border, Peshawar, Pakistan


Childhood doesn’t have to be perfect, and children don’t
have to be beautiful. From a bit of grit may grow a pearl,
and if pearl production doesn’t materialize, the outcome will
still be preferable to the shallowness of vanity.

– Laurie Graham

Java, Indonesia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Porbandar, Gujarat, India

Heroes are never perfect, but they’re brave, they’re authentic,
they’re courageous, determined, discreet, and they’ve got grit.
-Wade Davis

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Grit is sticking with your future day in,
day out and not just for the week,
not just for the month, but for years.
– Angela Lee Duckworth, PhD


Angkor Wat, Cambodia 



About Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
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54 Responses to Grit: The Courage to Continue

  1. McCurry. These are amazing. I have been looking for photos that tell stories and your photos I must say are life’s illustrations itself.
    I wonder if we can use them on posts. That’s if you agree.

  2. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I imply love this photography work … TY for sharing, Mr. McCurry!!

  3. yu in kol says:

    Oh!!! nothing to say…..

  4. Xi Mena says:

    Reblogged this on Anemix and the Jabberwocky and commented:
    The past five months have been a real challenge. Some days I don’t even know who I am because constant pain has taken over my life. But I keep showing up day after day. I keep trying to fulfill my responsibilities to the other people in my life. I keep trying to make it through each day with as much grace and a little whining as possible. That is what grit really is, and it is what the people in these photos represent. They really are an inspiration. If they can do it, so can I.

  5. Mou Aysha says:

    Love your work master 🙏😊

  6. Breath taking…. inspiring…. thank you for your work and perspective.

  7. There are many things that i have never seen, i am happy
    to see this page.

  8. yu in kol says:

    I agree life is hard

  9. Deeptesh says:

    These snaps are too good. Thanks for the post

  10. giai01 says:

    Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:

  11. Anonymous says:

    only do steve….. superrbbb…

  12. I wonder how many of our war weapons were responsible for the loss of some of those limbs.

  13. Kate Grant says:

    Thanks Steve for your Wonderful Work.
    These Images Capture the Spirit of Humanity at its Best. And they Trigger the AWE in each of us Fortunate enough to See them, Enabling us to Awaken a little more.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Extraordinary and heart breaking. Your photos speak to the soul.

  15. Reblogged this on Franz is running and commented:
    Qualche appunto sulla grinta dal blog di Steve McCurry.

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  17. Reblogging to sister site Timeless Wisdoms

  18. Anonymous says:

    It shows what heuman can distroy. What human can achieve.

  19. Stunning photos, as always

  20. xhobdo says:

    Great pics. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  21. Fabiola says:

    Very sad photos. Meanwhile great amounts of money are spent on war and weapons, when people don’t even have potable water.

  22. Jenny says:

    Thank you. Today ,feeling just a teeny bit sorry for myself having a chronic progressive disease, this is sweet light and clear water and a way through, blows fresh air in and lightens my heart. Thank you,

  23. Mousumi Sarkar says:

    Excellent. Best series. Thank you.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Have no words but thoughts…

  25. It ‘rained’ in my kitchen today when a hot water pipe burst at my upstairs neighbors’ place. Made for a mess. For them. For me. Will make for a bigger mess still when the ceiling be opened and ruined things be tossed out and work cancelled to accommodate repairs and other stuff of life that is still, in essence, a lot more privileged than that of most. Because I have running water (even if they make for indoors water park when something in a century old building goes pop), and I have a ceiling over my head (even if parts of it will need to be open for a time and mold removed and what not) and I have people to do what needs to be done to make it whole again. And it is all of it, just an inconvenience. Your fantastic photos, however, are of true grit. May we never be called to exercise our own grit-potential to its limits, or beyond.

  26. Kieulan Nguyen says:

    Thank you for sharing your stunning and beautiful images. The images are so powerful. You are truly a master of story telling.

  27. Muito emocionante como sempre, extraordinario!!

  28. We need to stop these things from happening.

  29. Enviroart says:

    As usual an unbelievably beautiful and thoughtful post about the human condition. Love it

  30. Humbling. Inspiring. Beautiful.

  31. gkazakou says:

    testimonies to the strength of human spirit – yes- And to the cruelty of men, as well. i would like to see less lost arms and legs, less distress caused by men. Happy the land that does not need heroes (Bert Brecht).

  32. Myrna says:

    All these photos are testimony to the strength of the human spirit. Thank you so much for capturing the essence of who we are.

  33. Heide says:

    The cool thing about this post is that one senses the photographer knows something about grit, too. What a privilege it is to be able to see your work here! Gorgeous images, powerful stories. Thank you for sharing both.

  34. Anonymous says:

    great selection ! thanks for posting these !

  35. Mansukh Shah says:

    These pictures are simply amazing, evocative and wonderful as always. Each picture tells a story of unending determination and courage through the most challenging circumstances.
    The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

  36. Excellent series; thanks!

  37. sanecinema says:

    Never let a win go to your head, or a loss to your heart.
    Chuck D.

  38. Wow! I love the quotes and the photos and wish I could know all the stories that you have so faithfully captured.

    • Suzanne says:

      I was thinking the same thing, that I would love to know the stories behind the photos. Also I am in absolute awe of Steve’s talent and creativity.

  39. John Nicholson says:

    Absolutely riveting. Your people come right into the room.

  40. Carmen Sainz says:

    Gracias Steven, las imágenes como las palabras son una inspiración para la vida, gracias por ellas !

  41. Doug. Bell says:

    This is truly inspirational. I will be forwarding this blog to my granddaughter who is in her Phd journey.

  42. Bikram says:

    Your photos are real inspiration, so simple yet so powerful.I always wait for this notification in my inbox.

  43. Bing Bingham says:

    Excellent work….[sound of hands clapping]……

  44. Linda Williamson says:

    Thank you. This may be your best series yet.

  45. another very inspiring post…each picture speaks volumes and tells a story of not just a person but a people he/she represnts….

  46. dolores galea says:

    Really amazing photos

  47. Linda Williamson says:

    Thank you. This may be your best series yet.

  48. Linda Williamson says:

    Thank you. This may be your best series yet.

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