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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

And That’s A Quote!

And That's A Quote
And That's A Quote

I’ve always felt that a good way to keep learning is through quotations from the smartest and most articulate people in history.

Good quotes can amuse, enlighten and inspire.

Here’s one by George Burns that may do all three: “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

Confucius. Aristotle. Plato. Emerson. Ben Franklin. George Bernard Shaw. Even Yogi Berra! We can learn from all of them.

I’ve collected quotes for years. Hundreds of them. Probably thousands. Quotes about life, love, success, change, moving on, happiness, family, friends . . . you name it.

If you’ll let me, I’m going to share my best quotes with you . . . provided, of course, that you agree to share your favorites with me.