Success is not occupying a lofty place or doing conspicuous work, it is being the best that is in you. Do the things near at hand and great things will come to your hands to be done.
— Douglas Malluch
Do your best and leave the rest to God.
— James Howell
You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a 100 percent effort that you gave – win or lose.
— Gordie Howe
I have no regrets because I know I did my best – all I could do.
— Midori Ito
With my father there was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school – we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best.
— Robert F. Kennedy
No one knows what he can do until he tries.
— Publilius Syrus
One who doesn’t try cannot fail and become wise.
— William Saroyan
All of us can do a whole lot more than we think we can. But we can’t do it unless we try.
— Pat Williams
I can accept failure. But I can’t accept not trying.
— Michael Jordan
Trying ultimately leads to success, but success can never happen without trying. Teach children that trying is far more important than succeeding.
— Greg Quinn
The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
— Vince Lombardi
I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself.
— Mikhail Baryshnikov
Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.
— Sandra Day O’Connor
Good quality is cheap; it’s poor quality that is expensive.
— Joe Griffith
It is a favorite belief of mine that no student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
— Charles Adams
What success I achieved in the theater is due to the fact that I have always worked just as hard when there were 10 people in the house as when there were thousands, just as hard in Springfield, Illinois, as on Broadway.
— Bojangles Robinson
Did I win? Did I lose? Those are the wrong questions. The correct question is: Did I make my best effort? That’s what matters. The rest of it just gets in the way.
— John Wooden
You always have to give 100 percent, because if you don’t, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.
— Ed Macauley
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracles await.
— Helen Keller
God will not ask us how many books we have read; how many miracles we have worked; but He will ask us if we have done our best, for the love of Him.
— Mother Teresa
Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.
— Luke 16:10
The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.
— Blaise Pascal
Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
— Dale Carnegie
I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile.
— Goldie Hawn
No one who smiles is homely.
— Robert Half
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
— Joseph Addison
As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.
— Vin Scully
The humble daisy by the wayside has cheered many load-weary travelers. Common birds bring joy and gladness to many hearts as they fill the air with sweet song. Be the best of which you are capable. Try each day to make a smile grow where nary a one grew before. And with each low descending sun there will be at least two people in the world who will be glad and one of them will be you.
— John Price
If you can meet success and failure and treat them both as imposters, then you are a balanced man, my son.
— Rudyard Kipling
Never equate losing with failure.
— Arthur Ashe
In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
— Vince Lombardi
If I lose, I’ll walk away and never feel bad. Because I did all I could, there was nothing more to do.
— Joe Frazier
It ain’t like losing a leg.
— Billy Joe Patton, on narrowly losing the Masters at Augusta in 1954