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Gave Up Quotes


"I gave up before birth." - Samuel Beckett

"If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two." - James Carville

"We gave up everything just to sit at your table." - John Lennon

"He never gave up. And he does that for us" - Steven Spielberg

"Caro: "Bite me." Ruby: "I gave that up in kindergarten." - Kristin Hannah

"Innocence gave me confidence to go up against reality." - Neil Peart

"I soon gave up instruction for self-teaching" - Tommy Shaw

"A saint is a sinner who never gave up." - Paramahansa Yogananda

"Don't feel sad over someone who gave up on you, feel sorry for them because they gave up on someone who would have never given up on them." - Frank Ocean

"I never gave up, even when people told me I'd never make it." - Bob Wickman

"Babe Ruth made a great mistake when he gave up pitching." - Tris Speaker

"Winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try." - Dennis DeYoung

"I've had a few setbacks in my life, but I never gave up." - Harry S Truman

"And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears." - William Shakespeare

"He never gave up on me, I only stopped being matriculated." - Mary Karr

"I gave up what I can't keep for something I can never lose." - Francine Rivers

"I am where I am because I believed and I never gave up..." - Kurt Warner

"What father ever gave up his son to death for the sake of his slave!" - St. Catherine of Siena

"I gave up on cussing - I'd run out of words filthy enough - and just started praying." - Sarah Monette

"I gave up visiting my psychoanalyst because he was meddling too much in my private life." - Tennessee Williams

"I think it's about time we gave up religion and got back to God." - Lenny Bruce

"I gave up drinking once - it was the worst afternoon of my entire life." - Humphrey Bogart

"I gave up on ever trying to get 'my way.' I barely knew it existed." - Roz Chast

"I think god gave us talent because he screwed up our hair" - Dolly Parton

"I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age." - Charles Darwin

"I gave up all for Christ, and what have I found? Everything in Christ." - John Calvin

"I'm not Catholic, but I gave up picking my belly button for lint." - Emo Philips

"I'm a monster, I'm a maven, I know this world is changin'. Never gave in, never gave up, I'm the only thing I'm afraid of." - Kanye West

"I gave up myself, but myself did not give up me; and so, I am still myself!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol and it was the worst 20 minutes of my life." - George Best

"I am actually a big sissy, and growing up, I never used to watch horror movies. Bambi gave me nightmares." - Danielle Panabaker

"I decided not to give the haters the satisfaction that they got me so bad I gave up." - Rebecca Black

"When I was young my teachers were the old. I gave up fire for form till I was cold." - Robert Frost

"I gave up trying to understand people long ago. Now I let them try to understand me!" - Charles M Schulz

"If children gave up when they fell for the first time, they would never learn to walk." - Louise Hay

"When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit." - Bob Gibson

"It was hopeless. She was flawless. She was a sunbeam. Mosca gave up and got on with hating her." - Frances Hardinge

"I used to be a virgin, but I gave it up because there was no money in it." - Marsha Warfield

"I never gave up, even when people told me I'd never make it; Never underestimate the heart of a champion." - Kai Greene

"I sold my soul, you brought it back for me. And held me up, and gave me dignity." - Anne Murray

"You know all of my fears. There's nothing your eyes can't see. When I tried to give up Lord, you never gave up on me." - Peter Furler

"I gave up rock 'n' roll for the rock of ages! I used to be a glaring homosexual until God changed me!" - Little Richard

"It [Adam's act] cast off the authority of God, usurped his prerogative, and gave the mind up to the dominion of natural desire" - John L. Dagg

"When I was 10, I beat up the school bully. His arms were in casts. That's what gave me the courage." - Emo Philips

"Wonder Woman was on TV when I was growing up, and I knew Lynda Carter was part Latina. It gave me a great sense of pride." - Constance Marie

"I gave up being a conventional person a long time ago. Things have been so much more exciting since I did." - Dolores Hitchens

"In the end, the difference between a published writer and an unpublished one comes down to one thing: The unpublished writer gave up, and the published writer didn't." - Judy Delton

"Colonialism has a bad reputation in the modern context, but Colonial Africa was a far better place for both black and white before the colonists gave up." - Jeff Cooper

"It took Dan Jansen, the speed skater, four Olympics to win a medal-a gold one at that!-but he never gave up. I won't, either." - Lolo Jones

"I gave up something I wanted for something I need. And I need you, Angel. More than I think you'll ever know." - Becca Fitzpatrick

"...the little man's total obliviousness to all forms of danger somehow made danger so discouraged that it gave up and went away." - Terry Pratchett

"No, you won her over. Gave up everything for her. Maybe that's the only way to convince her you love her." - Suzanne Collins

"I saw that worrying had come to nothing and gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang." - Mary Oliver

"MANICHEISM, n. The ancient Persian doctrine of an incessant warfare between Good and Evil. When Good gave up the fight the Persians joined the victorious Opposition." - Ambrose Bierce

" are defined by how you live your life, not whom you live it with, and certainly not by what you gave up to be with that person." - Greg Behrendt

"I was brought up by two extremely intelligent people who gave me the greatest gift that man can give anyone, and that is freedom from fear." - Katharine Hepburn

"You didnt grow up in the shadow of John Steinbeck. He put you on his shoulders and gave you all the light you wanted." - Thomas Steinbeck

"I've never been in parliament as a National, I gave up smoking about the same time [and] I've rid myself of two cancers." - Tony Windsor

"The only thing that I have done that is not mitigated by luck, diminished by good fortune, is that I persisted, and other people gave up." - Harrison Ford

"If I gave McClellan all the men he asked for, they could not find room to lie down; they'd have to sleep standing up." - Abraham Lincoln

"Once someone gave me a picture and I wrote 'Do good in school.' I looked up and the guy was 78 years old" - Casey Stengel

"You get on with your own life. Lettie gave it to you. You just have to grow up and try and be worth it." - Neil Gaiman

"I don't feel that way anymore," Nico muttered. "I mean... I gave up on Percy. I was young and impressionable, and I-I don't..." - Rick Riordan

"You almost hold up your piece of paper and say, 'The girl I like just gave me a treasure map to herself.' But you don't. You just don't." - Laini Taylor

"The difference between great celebrities and the unknown is the former failed and yet went at it again; the latter gave up in despair." - Anonymous

"I had not so much of man in me, And all my mother came into mine eyes And gave me up to tears." - William Shakespeare

"They gave themselves up to the stars the way swimmers can surrender to the waves, and the stars took them without resistance." - Mark Helprin

"[democrats] hated Richard Nixon, and no wonder. It was Nixon who sent Alger Hiss to jail, and Nixon who waged the Vietnam War after the Democrats gave up," - David Frum

"The scene that made me furious was watching Padme, a woman who just gave birth to two beautiful children, just giving up the will to live." - Timothy Zahn

"I gave up trying to please others and started playing for myself, and because I love music, things naturally happened then. Funny how that works." - Tori Amos

"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading: Henny Youngman. He was a wise man who invented beer" - Plato

"The universe had an odd sense of fairness; it took away things one did not want to give up, and then gave things one did not ask for." - Laila Lalami

"Does anybody who gave up smoking to save a pound a week have a pound at the end of the week? Not on your life." - Katharine Whitehorn

"Jesus never gave advice" - John Bevere

"I gave up smoking, I never gave up the drinking. But it's hard to smoke and swim at the same time. You'd get to the edge of the pool and all you'd be wanting is a cigarette when all you actually really want is oxygen. So I traded the smoke for the oxygen." - Ashton Kutcher

"Lindsay Lohan's collaboration was a disaster. I am furious but I can't do anything about it. That happens to a lot of designers. We were the creators and patrons, responsible for the creation and destiny of our houses. But when we gave up our houses, we gave up our souls." - Emanuel Ungaro

"When modern writers gave up telling stories, they gave up the greatest thing we had." - Howard Nemerov

"I never gave up on music, and I feel like music never gave up on me." - Bobby Womack

"It was like being given a maths problem when your brain's exhausted, and you know there's some far-off solution, but you can't work up the energy even to give it a go. Something in me just gave up." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street." - Neil Armstrong

"It was the night things changed, can you see it now? These walls that they put up to hold us back fell down It's a revolution, throw your hands up, 'cause we never gave in" - Taylor Swift

"Now on the first day of Christmas, my homeboy gave to me A sack of the krazy glue and told me to smoke it up slowly. Now on the second day of Christmas, my homeboy gave to me A fifth of Hendog and told me to take my mind off that weed. Now by the third day of Christmas, my big homeboy gave to me A whole lot of everything, and it wasn't nuthin' but game to me." - Snoop Dogg

"I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them; and it wasn't our love that protected them-it was that promise." - Thornton Wilder

"Poke gave him life. Ender gave it meaning." - Orson Scott Card

"God gave the day, God gave the strength." - Leo Tolstoy

"Hey, Ethan." "Yeah?" "Remember the Twinkie on the bus? The one I gave you in second grade, the day we met?" "The one you found on the floor and gave me without telling me? Nice." He grinned and shot the ball. "It never really fell on the floor. I made that part up." - Kami Garcia

"And then Adam Wilde shows up at Carnegie Hall on the biggest night of my career, and it felt like more than a coincidence. It felt like a gift. From them. For my first recital ever, they gave me a cello. And for this one, they gave me you." - Gayle Forman

"These laid the world away; poured out the red Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene, That men call age; and those who would have been, Their sons, they gave, their immortality." - Rupert Brooke

"Rita Haywood gave good face." - Madonna Ciccone

"The ball gave me prestige, gave me fame, gave me riches. Thank you, my old friend." - Alfredo Di Stefano

"Tempus never left a problem for another to solve. Tempus never let the pain or difficulty of an undertaking persuade him not to pursue a resolution his heart thought was right. Tempus never gave up." - Janet Morris

"The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel as he wrote it down dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever." - Laurence Sterne

"For my birthday that year Anne gave me an inflatable atlas globe, along with a birthday card in which she wrote: I give you the world. Have fun blowing it up." - Craig Ferguson

"Seduced her? Every time I turned round she was up a library ladder. In the end I gave in. That reminds me-I spotted something between her legs that made me think of you." - Tom Stoppard

"I didn't accept your sacrifice. I turned it down." I felt a small Oh form at my mouth, but it never quite made it past my lips. "Are you saying you gave up getting a human body for me?" - Becca Fitzpatrick

"Piper gave Lit a friendly sorry-about-that smile. Even with her hair messed up and wearing two-day-old clothes, she looked extremely cute, and Jason felt a little jealous she was giving Lit that smile." - Rick Riordan

"Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer. All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer. Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible, which is why I started reading it." - Alan Dean Foster

"I think that at a certain age, say fifteen or sixteen, poetry is like masturbation. But later in life good poets burn their early poetry, and bad poets publish it. Thankfully I gave up rather quickly." - Umberto Eco

"I gave up my music because I had received from it all I had to receive. To serve God one must sacrifice the dearest thing, and I sacrificed my music, the dearest thing to me." - Hazrat Inayat Khan

"In her new book, Sarah Palin says she once gave up chocolate for an entire year just to prove she could do it. Still think she's not qualified to be President?" - Jimmy Fallon

"On the night He was betrayed Jesus broke bread and lifted it up and gave THANKS. If Jesus can give thanks in that, can we not give thanks in all?" - Ann Voskamp

"I gasped and pointed the way. I gave you an adventure, Ed, right in front of you but you never saw it until I showed you, and that's why we broke up." - Daniel Handler

"People tried to test me (in 1999) and I came up with some pretty good throws. Everybody on the team calls me 'Bazooka' now. That's kind of like a nickname I gave myself." - Albert Belle

"I tried playing electric for awhile and it just didn't work out. My reflexes are centered on the six string acoustic. I just played the electric too hard and it sounded awful, so I gave it up." - Tom Rush

"One of the worst things that happened to black people in America historically is integration. People ask me why I say that and I tell them it's because we gave up all of our control." - David Banner

"Through everything I've gone through- and I've been everywhere, at the top of the world, in jail, hung over drunk - I never gave up my dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics." - Dan O'Brien

"It was tough, I gave everything I had on those match points but she just came up with better shots. I still find it very hard to believe. Its amazing." - Kim Clijsters

"The Almighty gave us our lives, and I suppose He meant us to defend them, at least I have always acted on that, and I hope it will not be brought up against me when my clock strikes." - H. Rider Haggard

"First of all, I swore it was two people playing. When I finally admitted to myself that was one man, I gave up the piano for a month. I figured it was hopeless to practice." - Oscar Peterson

"My iPod holds 3,000 albums. I own, like, 90 albums. My iPod sits at home, sullen, frustrated, and underused, like a wife who gave up her career and the kids turned out to be shite." - Dara O Briain

"the past only had whatever power you gave it; life was what you made it and if you wanted something different from what you had, it was up to you to make it happen." - Sara Zarr

"Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair." - Louisa May Alcott

"Got a proper job at 28. Gave it up to try comedy at 38. Decided to get fit and healthy at 48. It's never too late. But do it now" - Ricky Gervais

"I gave (my drivers) three things: a sense of optimism, a creative environment, and the ultimate motivator-competition. By competing with each other in-house, we wound up beating our rivals." - Enzo Ferrari

"I think we seem to remember things in still pictures. I never gave up on painting. When they said painting was dead, I just thought, Well, that's all about photography, and photography's not that interesting, and it's changing anyway." - David Hockney

"I gave up music criticism because of the increasingly obvious conflict of interest. I couldn't say anything bad about the records when I might be meeting that person's manager backstage an hour later." - Stephin Merritt

"My parents gave me a small telescope, then I built my own, and one thing led to another. So thats how I ended up going from being a hobby astronomer to a professional astronomer." - Dimitar Sasselov

"It was at this time that she entirely gave up on reading. The covers of books looked like coffins to her, either shabby or ornate, and what was inside them might as well have been dust." - Alice Munro

"I've learned that if you wait long enough, you might get a second chance at something you gave up on. And sometimes you'll be the one to give the second chance to someone else." - Wendy Mass

"But nothing really clicked for me until I gave up completely on hitting the overlap and just did what I loved, even when I thought nobody else in the world would be interested." - Steven Pressfield

"It was a catch-22: If you didn't put the trauma behind you, you couldn't move on. But if you did put the trauma behind you, you willingly gave up your claim to the person you were before it happened." - Jodi Picoult

"She didn't say a work, and I gave up trying, because you couldn't hear either one of us over the shattering noise of hearts breaking and the looming shadow of the last word, the one we refused to say." - Kami Garcia

"Those who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others idled, have persevered while others gave up in despair, have practiced ...the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose." - Grenville Kleiser

"Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the universe, narrow'd his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Th' oppressive, sturdy, man-destroying villains, Who ravag'd kingdoms, and laid empires waste, And in a cruel wantonness of power, Thinn'd states of half their people, and gave up To want the rest." - Robert Blair

"Failing to improve, he asked if I was disappointed in him. I wasn't disappointed; I was worried. Then he gave up on himself. I wasn't disappointed; I was sad." - Alan Robert Neal

"I hate you! (Artemis) Oh, please do' get my hopes up. You almost gave me a hard-on with that thought. At least tell me this time your hatred will last more than five minutes. (Acheron)" - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"The rain battered the cottage. Valkyrie risked a look up at Skulduggery. "What is it?" she whispered. "It's a box," he whispered back. "What kind of box?" "A wooden one." She gave him a look." - Derek Landy

"I did' accept your sacrifice. I turned it down." I felt a small Oh form at my mouth, but it never quite made it past my lips. "Are you saying you gave up getting a human body for me?" - Becca Fitzpatrick

"Keep working. Keep trying. Keep believing. You still might not make it, but at least you gave it your best shot. If you do' have calluses on your soul, this is' for you. Take up knitting instead." - David Eddings

"Is there a short-eared koobish, then?' Mmmyes ...' said J.Lo. 'But it is technically not really a koobish. Is more alike a kind of singing pumpkin.' We had conversations like these all the time, where I just eventually gave up." - Adam Rex

"Because I grew up with a drill sergeant in my life, I respect order and it really gave me the discipline to be a leader and not a follower. It also helped me stay out of trouble." - Shaquille O'Neal

"I sped through heaven and saw god at work. I suffered holy pains. I dropped all my defenses and was afraid of nothing in the world. I accepted all things and to all things I gave up my heart." - Hermann Hesse

"Needless to say, they refused to submit to the Empire, conducting such a persistent guerrilla war that the Romans gave up hope of conquering Scotland, and the Wee Free Men remained both wee and free." - Terry Pratchett

"He pushed his glasses up on his nose and gave me a sidelong look, the one that meant he was so sure you were wrong that he could just wait and let you find out for yourself the hard way." - Patricia C. Wrede

"It's no use to worry about what people think. I never do. I used to. But when I saw that they'd really rather think wrong than right I gave it up." - Margaret Kennedy

"I have two children. I gave up a lot for my career, but I'm very happy for it. I've done what I've always thought was best for me and my family." - Maria das Gracas Silva Foster

"Everybody sat around thinking about Panasonic, the Japanese electronics account. Finally I decided, what the hell, I'll throw a line to loosen them up. The headline is, the headline is: From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor." - Jerry Della Femina

"The feeling it gave me was an odd combination of weightless self-pity and excitement. I understood my life was meaningless, and this knowledge freed me up to accomplish absolutely anything." - Matt De La Pena

"Going to a women's college made a big difference. It gave me the sense women could run things... and I just never thought that it made sense to give that up." - Linda Wertheimer

"I like commas. I detest semi-colons - I don't think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn't need them, they were fly-specks on the page." - E L Doctorow

"There was a young fellow from Trinity, Who took the square root of infinity. But the number of digits, Gave him the fidgets; He dropped Math and took up Divinity." - George Gamow

"When Shana Alexander interviewed me for Life magazine in 1952, she gave up after 4,000. At one time or another, I've worked for every studio in Hollywood, for almost every director with most of the actors and actresses." - David Sharp

"The year I gave up the 150-catch streak I had an ankle injury and didn't want to go back in because I'd have a better chance of playing the following week." - Ozzie Newsome

"Not to open the hunting season on the pretext that there is no game would be as if one gave up celebrating Christmas because there was not enough snow to go by sleigh to midnight Mass." - Maurice Grimaud

"My way of communicating love and interest in people is through cooking. I grew up in an environment where food was really celebrated, and that gave me the message: food makes people happy." - Kylie Kwong

"When others kid me about being bald, I simply tell them that the way I figure it, the good Lord only gave men so many hormones, and if others want to waste theirs on growing hair, that's up to them." - John Glenn

"I was at college doing performing arts, and just spending all my time mucking about, and the lecturers thought I would be pretty good at stand-up, so I gave it a whirl." - Allen Carr

"Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such, We scarcely can praise it or blame it too much; Who, born for the Universe, narrowed his mind, And to party gave up what was meant for mankind." - Samuel Johnson

"My aunt could not have been the lone romantic who gave up everything for sex. Women in the old China did not choose. Some man had commanded her to lie with him and be his secret evil." - Maxine Hong Kingston



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