Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
One of the best quotes concerning students of the Esoteric Sciences, taken from the preface of Israel Regardie’s “The Complete Golden Dawn System Of Magic” (at least in the 1984 edition which remains ever-present in my library).
To put the quote in greater context, he states before the above quote, “Over the years I have been asked over and over again what are the most important qualities that a student should possess in approaching the Great Work. Other than normal intelligence and emotional stability, I find two other qualities which are essential for success. They are best summed up in the following quotation.”