“If At First You Don’t Succeed” Quotes

‘Tis a lesson you should heed,
      Try, try, try again,
If at first you don’t succeed,
      Try, try, try again.
Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear,
      Try, try, try again…
~“Perseverance, or, Try Again,” in A Selection of Hymns and Poetry for the Use of Infant Schools and Nurseries, 1838

If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you. ~Author unknown, c.1960s

If at first you don’t succeed you’re running about average. ~M. H. Alderson, quoted in Reader’s Digest, 1955

If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. ~Quentin Crisp, c.1968

If at first you don’t succeed, try a little ardor. ~Author unknown, c.1960s

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. ~Anthony McAuliffe, 1960s, unverified

If at first you don’t succeed, try reading the instructions! ~Harry Stine, 1962

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. ~Author unknown, c.1980s

If at first you don’t succeed, try two more times so that your result is statistically significant. ~Author unknown, c.2010s

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

If at first you don’t succeed, you’ll get a lot of unsolicited advice. ~Author unknown, c.1960s

If at first you don’t succeed, call it version 1.0. ~Author unknown, c.1990s

If at first you don’t succeed, have a beer. ~The New Yorker, 1991

If at first you don’t succeed, pay someone else to do it for you. ~Author unknown, c.1990s

If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your wife told you. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968

If at first you don’t succeed, blame it on your wife. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968

If at first you didn’t try PABST — try again!  ~Pabst beer advertisement, in Golfdom: The Business Journal of Golf, 1936

If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968

If at first you do succeed, try, try not to be insufferable. ~Franklin P. Jones, c.1977

If at first you do succeed — try to hide your astonishment. ~Author unknown, c.1970

If at first you do succeed don’t take any more chances. ~Kin Hubbard, 1952

If at first you do succeed, it’s probably your father’s business. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, compiled by Evan Esar, 1968

If at first you do succeed, try something harder. ~Author unknown, c.1950

If at first you do succeed,
      Try again!
Life is more than just one deed;
      Try again.
Never stop with what you’ve done,
More remains than what you’ve won,
Full content’s vouchsafed to none;
      Try again…
~“If You Do Succeed,” in The Character Builder, October 1902

If At First You Don’t Succeed Quotations
Original post date: 2000 Jun 27
1st major revision: 2018 Jan 1
2nd major revision: 2018 Nov 24