Keep Trying

Sunday, April 26, 2009 – Keep Trying

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean. ~ Mark Twain

Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. ~ James M. Barrie

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true! ~ H. L. Mencken

All I was doing was trying to get home from work. ~ Rosa Parks

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. ~ Terry Pratchett

Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort. ~ Mason Cooley

Our ideas are for the most part like bad sixpences, and we spend our lives trying to pass them on one another. ~ Samuel Butler

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~ Gustav Mahler

I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. ~ Charles Baudelaire

I’m not trying to be sexy. It’s just my way of expressing myself when I move around. ~ Elvis Presley

I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering. ~ Steven Wright

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. ~ Pablo Picasso

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie. ~ Jean Cocteau

There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein

James Joyce was a synthesizer, trying to bring in as much as he could. I am an analyzer, trying to leave out as much as I can. ~ Samuel Beckett

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. ~ T. S. Eliot

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it. ~ W. C. Fields

We go where we need to go, and then try to figure out what we’re doing there. ~ Jeff Greenwald

The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you. ~ Bette Midler

I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad. ~ E. L. Doctorow

I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. ~ Mae West

Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. ~ Russell Baker

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than “try to be a little kinder.” ~ Aldous Huxley

It is easy to understand God as long as you don’t try to explain him. ~ Joseph Joubert

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

A man could spend the rest of his life trying to remember what he shouldn’t have said. ~ Abraham Polonsky

I intend to live forever, or die trying. ~ Groucho Marx

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. ~ Toni Morrison