Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is to you.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
There is merit in the attempt, and a whole lot accomplished along the way.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
—Douglas Adams (1952–2001) English Novelist, Scriptwriter
Without risk, faith is an impossibility.
—Soren Kierkegaard (1813–55) Danish Philosopher, Theologian
Every time I catch myself saying, “Oh no, you shouldn’t try that,” I think, “Yes, I should.”
—Erica Jong (b.1942) American Novelist, Feminist
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
—Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001) American Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Experiment is folly when experience shows the way.
—Roger Babson (1875–1967) American Economist
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
—T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) American-born British Poet, Dramatist, Literary Critic
Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.
—Charles Simmons (1924–2017) American Editor, Novelist
A winner never stops trying.
—Tom Landry (1924–2000) American Sportsperson
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
—Ben Hecht (1894–1964) American Screenwriter, Playwright
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
—Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (c.43 BCE–c.18 CE) Roman Poet
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to what they want to do.
—Kathleen Winsor (1919–2003) American Novelist
‘Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man would do.
—Robert Browning (1812–89) English Poet
Commit yourself to a dream … Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. Why? Because he can always rest assured that he succeeded in life’s most important battle—he defeated the fear of trying.
—Robert H. Schuller (1926–2015) American Christian Televangelist, Author
How long should you try? Until.
—Jim Rohn (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
—Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) American Philosopher
Until you try, you don’t know what you can’t do.
—Henry James (1843–1916) American-born British Novelist, Writer
Many a man never fails because he never tries.
—Norman MacEwen (1881–1953) British Military Leader
When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
—Henry Miller (1891–1980) American Novelist
As plants take hold, not for the sake of staying, but only that they may climb higher, so it is with men. By every part of our nature we clasp things above us, one after another, not for the sake of remaining where we take hold, but that we may go higher.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
Do. Or do not. There is no try.
—Yoda Character In ‘Star Wars’
If you spend life trying to be good at everything you will never be great at anything.
—Tom Rath (b.1975) American Consultant
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
God lends a helping hand to the man who tries hard.
—Aeschylus (525–456 BCE) Greek Playwright
Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.
—Lee Iacocca (1924–2019) American Businessperson
As a result of trying to solve the big problems we face in life, many of us end up sacrificing individual relationships by doing things that we may consider as being small or insignificant at the time. This reminds us of the George and Gracie routine where George asks Gracie, How do you cook a pot roast? She replied, I put both a big pot roast and a small pot roast in the oven. When the small one is burnt, the big one is done just right!
“I can’t” isn’t a reason to give up, it’s a reason to try harder.
To know that one has never really tried—that is the only death.
—Marie Dressler (1868–1934) American-Canadian Actress