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The Quotable Books Series ...

If at First
You Don't Succeed,
Try, Try Again

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(sample quotations from the book)

If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. — Marion Hamilton Alderson, newspaper editor

Entrepreneurs average 3.8 failures before final success. What sets the successful ones apart is their amazing persistence. There are a lot of people out there with good and marketable ideas, but pure entrepreneurial types almost never accept defeat. — Lisa M. Amos

If at first you do succeed, try to hide your astonishment. — Harry F. Banks

My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories. — Bjorn Borg, tennis player

If at first you don't succeed, blame your server. — Computer Truism

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style. — Quentin Crisp, author

If at first you kind of stink, then by all means, Hollywood, try, try those failed film conceits again. But this time, get it right. — Mike D’Angelo, movie critic, Esquire magazine

If a first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a fool about it. — Dilbert's Rules of Work

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. — Thomas Alva Edison, inventor

If at first you don't succeed, try a new line of business. — Mary Ellen Egan

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. — Albert Einstein, physicist

If at first you don't recede, diet and diet again. — Evan Esar, humorist

I realized early on that success was tied to not giving up. Most people in this business gave up and went on to other things. If you simply didn't give up, you would outlast the people who came in on the bus with you. — Harrison Ford, actor

If at first you don't succeed, get new batteries. — 4th grade proverb

If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again. — Aaliyah Haughton, rock singer

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. — William E. Hickson

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow. If I fail, if I succeed, at least I’ll live as I believe. — Whitney Houston, singer

If at first you don’t succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed. — Curly Howard of the Three Stooges

If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0. — Internet humor

If at first you don't succeed, become a weather forecaster. — Internet humor

If at first you don't succeed, then cheat. Repeat until caught. — Internet humor

If at first you do succeed, try, try not to be insufferable. — Franklin P. Jones, humorist

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. — Michael Jordan, basketball player

Virtually nothing comes out right the first time. Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don't want to fail is the last time you try something.... One fails forward toward success. — Charles F. Kettering, engineer and inventor

Be patient, be careful, don’t hurry. Try again and again and again. — Kikuyu proverb

If at first you don’t succeed, take the tax loss. — Kirk Kirkpatrick, teacher and athlete

If at first you don't succeed, you get back up and you try ... and you try ... and you try it again ... except ice skating, I hate this crap, I quit! — Little Richard, rock singer

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything. — Bill Lyon

If at first you don't succeed, call in an air strike. — Murphy’s Laws of Combat

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. — Wendy Northcutt, author, Darwin Awards literature

If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year. — Procrastinator's Creed

It is common sense to take a method and try it, if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. — Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. president

If at first you don't succeed, take a nap! — Vicki Sue, comedienne

There are many more ways to succeed - or not - in this book of quotations!


Here are the other seven books in the Illustrated Quotable Books section. Click on the titles to see sample quotations:

The Best Things in Life Are Free: My Favorite Quotations

How to Live Your Dreams

If God Intended Man to Smoke, He’d Have Set Him on Fire … and Other Conclusions of God’s Work

If I Had My Life to Live Over . . .

The Miracle of Life

Playing the Percentages: Lies, Damned Funny Lies, Statistics, and Everything in Between

When in Doubt, Kiss the Fish — And Other Extremely Wise Advice


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