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"Familiarity breeds attempt." - Jane Sherwood Ace

"The attempt to live that way, the attempt to treat everybody - it fails all the time - but the attempt to treat people as equals is a good attempt. It's a very good attempt. And there have been very few governments that have come anywhere near it in the past. The Greeks began to, the Romans began to - they both failed." - W S Merwin

"Poets are band leaders who have failed." - Ayi Kwei Armah

"My first attempt at real music was when I was 13. My first signed band was when I was 21; that failed. I got another deal at 26; that failed, and then I was broke." - Aaron Bruno

"Ulysses ... is a dogged attempt to cover the universe with mud, an inverted Victorianism, an attempt to make crossness and dirt succeed where sweetness and light failed, a simplification of the human character in the interests of Hell." - E M Forster

"Success is not determined by the amount of accomplishments, but by the road traveled & how you handled the recovery of each failed attempt." - Behdad Sami

"I thought that punk in its original state was a revolutionary movement. But like surrealism, it failed in its revolutionary attempt." - Alex Cox

"If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." - Thomas Edison

"The first thing that I really understood politically and was old enough to get was the failed assassination attempt on Reagan." - Ben Affleck

"Make voyages! - Attempt them! - there's nothing else..." - Tennessee Williams

"The euro is a failed currency, a wrong currency, a failed experiment." - Matteo Salvini

"Clearly it is not reason that has failed. What has failed-as it has always failed-is the attempt to achieve certainty, to reach an absolute, to find the course of human events to a final end. It is not reason that has promised to eliminate risk in human undertakings; it is the emotional needs of men." - Allen Wheelis

"Sometimes love worked out, but more often it failed" - M.J. Rose

"The shoulder surgery was a success. The lobotomy failed." - Mike Ditka

"A failed personal experience is just fear and anxiety." - Bethenny Frankel

"I have an enormous sense of having failed in life." - Jonathan Kozol

"The fact is, Bush's war policy has failed. It's failed! Who better to say so than Jack Murtha?" - Rahm Emanuel

"Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward...." - Thomas A Edison

"The weird thing is that I hate to fly, and the quote that I give people is that every time I get off a plane, I view it as a failed suicide attempt." - Barry Sonnenfeld

"Of all the failed technologies that litter the onward march of science - steam carriages, zeppelins, armoured trains - none has been so catastrophic to prosperity as the last century's attempt to generate electricity from nuclear fission." - James Buchan

"It is praiseworthy even to attempt a great action." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Every addiction is an attempt to slay hope." - Dan B. Allender

"This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed," - Angela Merkel

"Entrepreneurs are the seekers of solutions, and that they will go into these places where both market and traditional aid has failed or traditional charity has failed." - Jacqueline Novogratz

"I failed chemistry. I almost failed algebra." - Taye Diggs

"My first attempt at real music was when I was 13. My first signed band was when I was 21; that failed. I got another deal at 26; that failed, and then I was broke. I imagine trying to handle this head-trip of an experience when I was younger - it would have just turned into too much, probably.We all go through ups and downs with drinking, and In think it would have probably been a lot worse had I experienced that before." - Aaron Bruno

"I'm a failed pop star. I always sneak a song into everything I do." - Ricky Gervais

"A society which has poor people on its streets is a failed society!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Never Say I Failed 99 Times, Say I Discovered 99 Ways Which Causes Failure!" - Thomas A Edison

"Jesus undid everything that Adam did, and did everything Adam failed to do." - Sinclair B. Ferguson

"Genius? Nothing! Sticking to it is the genius! ... I've failed my way to success." - Thomas A Edison

"Loneliness is failed solitude." - Sherry Turkle

"Photographers are failed painters." - Paul Theroux

"I've never been fired in my life. From anything. I've never failed at anything I've tried." - Tom Freston

"We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing." - Robert E Lee

"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed." - William Mckinley

"Working hard is great, being lazy sometimes is great, but failed potential is the worst." - Campbell Scott

"Environmentalism has failed." - David Suzuki

"Most of our businesses do succeed, but if something completely fails, then as long as we bow out gracefully and pay off all our debts, and nobody gets hurt, then I don't think people disrespect Virgin for trying. The public appreciates someone having a go; it appreciates the attempt. Who's been a success in life who hasn't failed?" - Richard Branson

"Prepare, and be forewarned in time. If thou hast tried and failed, O dauntless fighter, yet lose not courage: fight on, and to the charge return again and yet again... Remember, thou that fightest for man's liberation, each failure is success, and each sincere attempt wins its rewards in time." - H. P. Blavatsky

"has got nothing to be smug about, and I would like to say that 1,500 votes is a derisory total. We have shown tonight that the Referendum Party is dead in the water, and Sir James can get off back to Mexico knowing your attempt to buy the British political system has failed." - David Mellor

"If the members of a class do not understand - if those directly addressed fail to listen, or listening, fail to recognize a power in the voice - surely the fault lies with the speaker, who, having attempted to secure their attention and enlighten their understandings, has failed in the attempt." - George Henry Lewes

"The space shuttle was often used as an example of why you shouldn't even attempt to make something reusable. But one failed experiment does not invalidate the greater goal. If that was the case, we'd never have had the light bulb." - Elon Musk

"American political culture quickly and always outpaces any attempt to satirize it." - Glenn Greenwald

"It is unreasonable ... to oblige a man not to attempt the defense of his own life." - Baron de Montesquieu

"Saints love all beings. They love even those who attempt to harm them." - Shri Radhe Maa

"Honor is like a widow, won With brisk attempt and putting on." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"You would think that Halloweens tomorrow because of their attempt to scare the American public." - Jim Sensenbrenner

"Familiarity breeds attempt." - Jane Ace

"A blanket attempt to avoid mistakes is the biggest mistake of all." - Steve Mcconnell

"Individuals who attempt to please and individuals who become angry both have authority issues." - Gary Zukav

"It is destruction to the weak man to attempt to imitate the powerful." - Phaedrus

"He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone." - Proverbs

"In many countries adult pornography legislation is an attempt to legislate something else." - Eric Schmidt

"One must not attempt to justify them, but rather to sense their nature simply and clearly." - Maureen Dowd

"I can't grow a mustache. It's pretty sad if I attempt to." - Ashton Kutcher

"Brutes find out where their talents lie; a bear will not attempt to fly." - Jonathan Swift

"Miami drivers will attempt to pass you inside a car wash." - Dave Barry

"To many people, dramatic criticism must seem like an attempt to tattoo soap bubbles." - John Mason Brown

"To attempt to advise conceited people is like whistling against the wind." - Thomas Hood

"There's no attempt to manipulate the audience. We made our choice at the start." - Stephen Hopkins

"I do not attempt to orchestrate my career. I let God do that." - Clint Howard

"I failed eating, failed drinking, failed not cutting myself into shreds. Failed friendship. Failed sisterhood and daughterhood. Failed mirrors and scales and phone calls. Good thing I'm stable." - Laurie Halse Anderson

"You can picture pretty easily if there were a paying passenger aboard a rocket that failed, like Challenger failed. Certainly it would be a tragedy, and a tragedy for the company. They would have a hard time recovering from it." - Sally Ride

"When I have tried and failed, I shall have failed." - Sophocles

"Music is my religion. Music is the only thing that has never failed me. People let you down, music won't." - Gary Bartz

"The Obama experiment has failed" - John Thune

"Most cartoonists are failed actors." - Milton Caniff

"I believe in the power of music. I believe in it absolutely. It's never failed me. Never." - Michelle Shocked

"I followed my heart and figured that if I tried and failed, at least Id know that I tried." - Michelle Branch

"I have failed so much, but I have learned so much more in life from my failures than my successes." - Bethenny Frankel

"Design cannot rescue failed content." - Edward Tufte

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"I wanted to join the Army when football failed. That was my only realistic form of making an honest living." - Jack Oconnell

"I have failed a lot in my philanthropy, where I will make philanthropic contributions and they just won't be effective." - Marc Benioff

"I've always been slightly embittered about computers because it was the only subject I failed at school." - Matt Frewer

"During the summer, Screen Gems launched the New Monkees, which miserably failed I understand. I never saw it." - Davy Jones

"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength." - Robert E Lee

"We haven't done action movies in Germany. We had some attempts in the '90s, but they failed." - Til Schweiger

"I was a runner, a failed quarterback, third-string quarterback, but in track I was a 2-miler." - Bob Seger

"We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class!" - Nancy Pelosi

"Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism." - David Suzuki

"Armenag Saroyan was the failed poet, the failed Presbyterian preacher, the failed American, the failed theological student." - William Saroyan

"Communism has failed; capitalism has failed; common sense has failed; now has to fail stupidity." - William C. Brown

"All you have is the writer's imagination. You have a very limited time to take this imaginary person and bring the details of their life, as you perceive them, to life. You attempt to do to that as fully and as vibrantly as you can. It's depressing to read how much you've failed. And it's not even particularly instructive or necessary to read how you succeeded because in the end don't you have to judge that?" - John Malkovich

"I have been advised by the best medical authority, at my age, not to attempt to give up alcohol." - W C Fields

"I think of making love and making art as being very parallel. Even the most amateur attempt can be thrilling." - Julia Cameron

"Stupidity is an attempt to iron out all differences, and not to use them or value them creatively." - Bill Mollison

"Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority." - R C Sproul

"Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing so hard but search will find it out." - Richard Lovelace

"Most imitators attempt the inimitable." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"pity and charity may be at root an attempt to propitiate the dark powers that have not touched us yet." - Marilynne Robinson

"This is the curse of superficial religion: the constant attempt to do outward things apart from inward transformation." - David Platt

"Laughing at ones own attempt at humor while saying things just come to me should be punishable by death." - Dov Davidoff

"Attempt nothing above thy strength!" - Pythagoras

"Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings." - George Tooker

"You're a terrible liar, Sage, but I'm still touched you"d attempt it for my sake. A for effort." - Richelle Mead

"There's nothing I won't attempt." - Tracey Ullman

"I do things like hem a pair of pants, I do my own tailoring but I wouldn't attempt a jacket." - Tim Gunn

"My most important task must be an attempt to bring the monster under democratic direction and control." - Elliot Richardson

"My own approach has always been to push intense emotions down and attempt to deal with them later." - Alanis Morissette

"No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth." - Harry Houdini

"Oh, I don't think religion has failed. It's man who has failed. Christ hasn't failed. The Gospel hasn't failed. The teachings of God have not failed." - Gordon B Hinckley

"A pear is a failed apple." - George Carlin

"The death penalty experiment has failed." - Harry A Blackmun

"There's something about strength that I really admire, that I failed to see a lot of when I was growing up." - Michelle Rodriguez

"I failed my way to success." - Thomas A Edison

"If you've never failed you've never tried." - Anonymous

"I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered there are 1000 ways that can cause failure" - Thomas A Edison

"Science has failed our mother Earth." - Serj Tankian

"Truth is found neither in Marxism nor in traditional capitalism. Each represents a partial truth. Historically capitalism failed to see the truth in collective enterprise, and Marxism failed to see the truth in individual enterprise. Nineteenth century capitalism failed to see that life is social and Marxism failed and still fails to see that life is individual and personal. The Kingdom of God is neither the thesis of individual enterprise nor the antithesis of collective enterprise, but a synthesis which reconciles the truths of both." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like to bet on people, especially those who have taken risks and failed in some way, because they have more real-world experience. And they're humble." - Mark Pincus

"Technique is nothing more than failed style." - John Waters

"I recognize I am essentially a failed human being in the sense that I can't possibly live up to the expectations of an Almighty." - George W Bush

"I like going to schools and telling classes that when I was a child, I failed every "will this kid become a writer" test." - Kate Dicamillo

"[Elbowing incident] was a joke but what I want to say now is that I'm a bit sad that everyone failed to see that." - Seungri

"It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said Mate! in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious." - A A Milne

"Having embraced Islam, I felt as if I were born again. I found in Islam the answers to those queries which I had failed to find in Christianity." - Jermaine Jackson

"History will not judge HIV/AIDS kindly... the harshest words will be reserved for how the world responded, or rather failed to respond, to the epidemic." - Seth Berkley

"Unfortunately a Constitutional amendment that would have empowered Congress to make desecration of the United States flag illegal failed to pass by one vote." - Kenny Marchant

"Actually, I failed drama in high school because of nerves. I wasn't able to memorize the words. I had complete stage fright." - Constance Marie

"Social Security has never failed to pay promised benefits, and Democrats will fight to make sure that Republicans do not turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble." - Nancy Pelosi

"You've got to have a sense of different audiences. I'm a kind of performer manque - I come from a long line of failed actors!" - Terry Eagleton

"Egypt under Hosni Mubarak had deteriorated to the status of a failed state. We must wipe the slate clean and start again." - Mohamed Elbaradei

"I'm a failed newspaper man myself." - Ernie Harwell

"I've failed way more than I've succeeded." - Daymond John

"I failed so therefore I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"You are not called to believe in your love to God, but in God's love to you! Do not argue, 'I cannot love God! I have striven to my uttermost to do so, but have failed in all my endeavors, until in despair I have abandoned the thought and relinquished the attempt.' Be it so- no effort of your own can strike a spark of love to God from your heart. Nor does God demand the task at your hands. All that He requires of you is faith in His love, as embodied and expressed in Jesus Christ to poor sinners." - Octavius Winslow

"When [Vladimir] Putin, a former lieutenant-colonel in the KGB, became Russia's president on December 31, 1999 - eight years after the failed coup attempt against (then Soviet leader Mikhail) Gorbachev, and eight years after the people had torn down the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the hated founder of the KGB, in Moscow - it was admittedly a shock. Nevertheless, I decided to give Putin a chance. He seemed dynamic and capable of learning. But I had to bury my hopes after just a few months. He proved to be an autocrat - and, because the West let him do as he pleased, he became a dictator." - Garry Kasparov

"Well it's been about 100 years and every attempt at a comics writers' union has failed miserably. There is, sadly, a long history of short-term thinking and self-destructive behavior among my fellow comic book creators. No matter how many horror stories they have heard they won't even go so far as to hire themselves a lawyer when they need it. It breaks my heart. I am a very proud union member of the Writers Guild. And I can't imagine my fellow comic creators being able to pull something like this together." - Brian Michael Bendis

"You all know that certain things are necessary to make a religion. First of all, there is the book. The power of the book is simply marvellous! Whatever it be, the book is the centre round which human allegiance gathers. Not one religion is living today but has a book. With all its rationalism and tall talk, humanity still clings to the books. In your country every attempt to start a religion without a book has failed. In India sects rise with great success, but within a few years they die down, because there is no book behind them. So in every other country." - Swami Vivekananda

"I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is "needed" before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible." - Barry Goldwater

"In an attempt to help me move on from my failed marriage, my mom set me up with Jesus Freak. In fact, the stoner hadn't even finished moving out when she told me not to worry, because she already had someone better lined up for me. I was just lonely and desperate enough to endure a four-month celibate long distance relationship with a guy who read 15 chapters of the Bible and prayed for two hours every day and expected me to follow suit. He wanted to give our hypothetical children Bible names and for us to move to Korea to become missionaries." - Kate Madison

"When writing of oneself one should show no mercy. Yet why at the first attempt to discover one's own truth does all inner strength seem to melt away in floods of self-pity and tenderness and rising tears? Georges Bernanos, The Diaryofa Country Priest (1936), 1, tr. Pamela Morris In reviewing my life, in tracing its course, I fill my cell with the pleasure of being what for want of a trifle I failed to be, recapturing, so that I may hurl myself into them as into dark pits, those moments when I strayed through the trap-ridden compartments of a subterranean sky." - Jean Genet

"To plot is to live. [...] We start out lives in chaos, in babble. As we surge up into the world, we try to devise a shape, a plan. There is dignity in this. Your whole life is a plot, a scheme, a diagram. It is a failed scheme but that's not the point. To plot is to affirm life, to seek shape and control. Even after death, most particularly after death, the search continues. Burial rites are an attempt to complete the scheme, in ritual. Picture a state funeral, Jack. It is all precision, detail, order, design. The nation holds its breath. - (WN 292)" - Don Delillo

"To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be all we can be, we must dream of being more." - John C Maxwell

"The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself." - Joseph Sobran

"When we attempt to define and describe God, both language and thought desert us, and we are as helpless as fools and savages." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Scarce any man becomes eminently disagreeable but by a departure from his real character, and an attempt at something for which nature or education has left him unqualified." - Samuel Johnson

"Either attempt it not, or succeed." - Ovid

"People are naive about such things, and they would rather write them off as evil than attempt to understand them. An unfortunate truth, but a truth nonetheless." - Erin Morgenstern

"Any attempt to reduce the complex properties of biological organisms or of nervous systems or of human brains to simple physical and chemical systems is foolish." - Kenneth E. Boulding

"Never attempt to accelerate your progress" - Doug Hepburn

"Never even attempt to disturb anyone's tendencies." - Swami Vivekananda

"He was making a brave attempt, but Jason could see the sadness lingering in his eyes. Something had happened to him... something to do with Calypso." - Rick Riordan

"Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art." - Cato the Elder

"The proper way to check slander is to despise it; attempt to overtake and refute it, and it will outrun you." - Alexandre Dumas

"Sin is man's, last attempt to perfection." - Anthony Liccione

"Hope encourages men to endure and attempt everything; in depriving them of it, or in making it too distant, you deprive them of their very soul." - Maurice de Saxe

"If Al Gore loses his brazen attempt to win on the dimples, one reason will be that he finally convinced enough Republicans to fight like Democrats." - Paul Gigot



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