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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.

Quotes About Volunteerism

Successful people of all ages help others. They do their part to make the world a better place. One way to practice kindness and generosity is through volunteerism.

These are my 10 favorite quotes about volunteerism or volunteering. I hope you like them as much as I do.

  • I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Give help rather than advice.”
    Luc de Vauvenargues
  • Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.
    Erma Bombeck
  • I was taught that the world had a lot of problems; that I could struggle and change them; that intellectual and material gifts brought the privilege and responsibility of sharing with others less fortunate; and that service is the rent each of us pays for living, the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time or after you have reached your personal goals.
    Marian Wright Edelman
  • It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.
    Harriet Naylor
  • “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity.”
  • “Never doubt that a small group of commited people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
    Margaret Mead
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Quotes About Writing

(One of the things I do to have fun and stay positive is write. That’s one reason why I created this blog. For anyone else who shares this interest, enjoy these fabulous and sagacious quotes about writing.)

These are a few of my favorite quotes about writing. Some are remarkably simple and clear. Others have hidden meaning that you only understand after you have done some writing. Pay particular attention to the first five.

  • “The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.”
    Benjamin Disraeli
  • “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
    Stephen King
  • Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”
    John Ruskin
  • “The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.”
    Edwin Schlossberg
  • “A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?”
    George Orwell
  • “I have made this [letter] longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
    Blaise Pascal
  • “About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.”
    Josh Billings
  • “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’”
    Jef Mallett
  • “If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.”
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “This is the challenge of writing. You have to be very emotionally engaged in what you’re doing, or it comes out flat. You can’t fake your way through this.”
    Real Live Preacher
  • “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.”
    Stephen King
  • “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
    Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • “Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very'; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
    C. S. Lewis
  • “This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two.”
    George Burns

Attitude Quotes

When my attitude needs readjusting, to stay positive, I turn to quotes like these for inspiration . . .

  • “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
    John N. Mitchell
  • “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.”
    Bo Bennett
  • “Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?”
    Zig Ziglar
  • “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
    Winston Churchill
  • “Some folks go through life pleased that the glass is half full. Others spend a lifetime lamenting that it’s half-empty. The truth is: There is a glass with a certain volume of liquid in it. From there, it’s up to you!”
    Dr. James S. Vuocolo
  • “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”
    William James
  • “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
    Scott Hamilton
  • “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
    Brian Tracy
  • “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”
    John Heywood
  • “There is a little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”
    W. Clement Stone
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
    Maya Angelou

Some pretty smart people, huh?  Do you have a favorite quote about attitude?