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
Committing your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one thousand percent.
— Brian Tracy
I’ve got correct goals, and if I keep pursuing them the best way I know how, everything falls into line. If I do the right thing right, I’m going to succeed.
— Dan Dierdorf
You can’t hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can’t catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t try.
— Kathy Seligman
Celebrate! Don’t wait until you’ve finished. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goals. Put a little celebration into every day. Celebrate each step you take toward success. Acknowledging and enjoying the little steps will fuel your enthusiasm to carry on and reinforce your commitment and resolve. It makes the journey as fun and rewarding as reaching the destination.
— Paul and Sarah Edwards
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
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
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
By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better. Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be. It begins by trying to make each day count and knowing you can never make up for a lost day.
— John Wooden
Just do the best with what you have, and you’ll soon be doing it better.
— Gil Hodges
Achieving your personal best is all one can ask of themselves. If the results are first, fourth or thirtieth, and it is the best you have ever done, then that is something to be proud of.
— Bonnie Blair
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
— George Halas
It’s easy to say success is having a gold medal or winning a championship, but I think it is much more than that. It’s knowing I did everything I could possibly do to win. The results are less significant than the effort.
— Kelly Williams