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Quotations: Trying Is Choosing to Fail

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Trying Is Not Doing, Trying Is Choosing to Fail

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“Don’t say, ‘I will try and do it’—that’s one of the most evasive statements you can ever make. Either you do it, or you don’t do it—there is no trying, or doing your best.” —J. Krishnamurti

“Trying fails because it is a form of no-ting, of denying failure and thereby focusing on failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


Trying Is a Form of No-ting

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Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“Another way of viewing trying is seeing it as an urge associated with, but not necessarily leading to doing.” —Michael Neenan and Windy Dryden, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: An A-Z of Persuasive Arguments,p. 143

“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” —James 5:12

“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” —Matthew 5:37

“By letting go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try, the world is beyond the winning.” —Lao Tzu

“Do it.” —Nike advertisement slogan

“Do or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda, Star Warsmovie character

“Don’t say, ‘I will try and do it’—that’s one of the most evasive statements you can ever make. Either you do it, or you don’t do it—there is no trying, or doing your best.” —J. Krishnamurti, Meeting Life: Writings and Talks on Finding Your Path Without Retreating from Society,p. 127

“Don’t try—do it.” —Anonymous

“Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.” —Ovid

“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.” —James 4:13-16

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” —Samuel Johnson

“I do not know if you have ever noticed that the more you struggle to understand, the less you understand any problem. But, the moment you cease to struggle and let the problem tell you the whole story, give all its significance—then there is understanding, which means, obviously, that to understand, the mind must be quiet.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V,p. 358

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” —Amelia Earhart

“The only way to stop smoking is to just stop—no ifs, ands or butts.” —Edith Zittler

“You can’t TRY to do things; you simply MUST do them.” —Ray Bradbury


Quotations from Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

Organized Alphabetically

“Don’t give it your best, give it your all.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Don’t settle for your best, learn to do better.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you are trying, you are making a mess.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you want to be happy, then stop trying to control what others think.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will do it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will do the bad less and the good more.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will get help.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will increase the frequency, intensity, and duration of its replacement.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will learn to do it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will learn.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will lower the frequency, intensity, and duration of it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will plan.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will practice.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will practice.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will prepare.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will rehearse.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will research solutions.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will study.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of saying I will try, say I will train.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of trying and failing choose either to experiment or practice.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of trying: do it, apply it, practice it, learn it, and experiment with it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Instead of trying: study, search, rehearse, prepare, practice, plan, learn, train.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Stop trying and let it be done.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The last thing that you want to hear your pilot say as you approach the airport is, ‘I will try and land the plane.’“ —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The team that is playing is winning and the team that is trying is losing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The team that tries the least to win will win.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Try it you will destroy it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying already gave up.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying can be done forever without success.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying can only lead to lying that you did it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying contains a built-in excuse.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying contains the expectation of failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying contains the seeds of failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying denies doing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying fails because it is a form of no-ting, of denying failure and thereby focusing on failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying harder is failing harder.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying harder will make it harder.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is its own prison.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is lying to yourself about what you will do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is not doing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is not persisting.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is not winning.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is the excuse of failing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is the opposite of humble surrender.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is the refuge of losers.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is the way of pride, death, and destruction.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is the way of sin.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is whining.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying is wishing not acting.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying scripts you to fail.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying starts with pride ends with shame.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to be right is the problem, not the solution.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to become is a denial of the time and space of being.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to control others to control how you see yourself cannot lead to peace.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to do life keeps you out of the flow.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to do others turns them against you.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to do self ruins self.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Trying to end the problem by acting out thoughts that are too often, fast, or big starts the problem over.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Understanding is postponed by trying.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“What do people say after they fail? ‘I tried.’ Therefore, to say ‘I’ll try’ before you start is to plan for failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you find yourself trying, take a break.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You can try to solve a problem forever.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You cannot try and be.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You cannot try and succeed.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Your best is often poor from a lack of experience and training, hence, we don’t want your best—we want what you are capable of with coaching.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


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