If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

(Humor is a great way to create and maintain a positive outlook. I hope this post gets a few smiles out of you.)

Sure, you’re familiar with the quotation “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” which is attributed to William Edward Hickson, a 19th century British educational writer.

An admirable sentiment about perseverance, no doubt.

But are you familiar with these alternate ways to end a sentence that begins with “If at first you don’ t succeed . . .”

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.”
  • Arthur McAuliff

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.”
  • Quentin Crisp

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”
  • Author Unknown

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it.”
  • W.C. Fields

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”
  • Bill Lyon

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, give up.”
  • Homer Simpson

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”
  • Marion Hamilton Alderson

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, take the tax loss.”
  • Kirk Kirkpatrick

  • “If at first you don’t succeed, take a nap!”
    Vicki Sue

And, on the other hand . . .

  • “If at first you do succeed – try to hide your astonishment.”
  • Author Unknown

  • “If at first you do succeed, try, try not to be insufferable.”
    Franklin P. Jones

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