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sun 94

I found the following sentences on the internet and I wonder if it is correct becasue ' persist' and ' strive' sonds a little akward? What do you think?

My motto in life is to be humble and endlessly persist and strive. I really believe that there is nothing that can be gained without effort
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    American English
    A motto should be short, like "Be prepared."
    Be humble but persist. (At the risk of sounding like a bit of a pest.)
    Be humble but persistent. (Not grand and even more of a pest.)
    Be humble but never give up. (Not bad.)

    I used "but" rather than "and" because humility is somewhat at odds with never giving up.
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