Getting motivated to try can be difficult. Luckily, there are countless quotes that promote the benefits of trying, even if it means that you will fail. Here are just a few of them.
Reach for the stars
Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying.
Doing your best means you never stop trying.
The right angle to approach a difficult problem is the try-angle.
Make the decision
The thing to try when all else fails is again.
The best way to fly is to try.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Don't expect too much
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.
If at first you don’t succeed, try to hide your astonishment.
Harry F. Banks
To try and fail is at least to learn; to fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been.
Even failing can improve
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
Louis E. Boone
Try to be the best of what you are, even if what you are is no good.
I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Don't be a downer
Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure.
You never know what you can do till you try.
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
Fail in a variety of ways
Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectness. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.
Samuel McChord Crothers
Trying is a part of failing. If you are afraid to fail then you're afraid to try.
Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.
Give it your all
Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others.
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
Challenge yourself to improve
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
To develop working ideas efficiently, I try to fail as fast as I can.
Richard P. Feynman
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it.
Ignore the naysayers
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.
I try. I am trying. I was trying. I will try. I shall in the meantime try. I sometimes have tried. I shall still by that time be trying.
Trying in rhyme
I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed: and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I fail and keep trying.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
The timid and fearful first failures dismay
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day
He values his failures as lessons that teach
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.
Edgar A. Guest
At least you tried
Do, or do not. There is no try.
George Lucas, as Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.
Experimentation is the key to success
Trying to get everything, you often get nothing.
If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.
Try and fail, but don't fail to try.
Quitting is the only defeat
The biggest job we have is to teach a newly hired employee how to fail intelligently. We have to train him to experiment over and over and to keep on trying and failing until he learns what will work.
Charles F. Kettering
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
Roger Von Oech
Keep getting back up
Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "Failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
If at first you do succeed, try something harder.
If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die.
There's always tomorrow
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations.
Jean Paul Richter
Try to please yourself
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
There just isn't any pleasing some people. The trick is to stop trying.
Failure isn't always a mistake
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Trying is the first step towards failure.
A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
Working on 10,000 hours
Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
W. Clement Stone
The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything—and it works.
Find the courage
I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.
Herbert Bayard Swope
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent Van Gogh
The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - and never knowing.
In the end, at least you tried
The greatest failure is the failure to try.
William A. Ward
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
I'm trying as hard as I can, and sometimes things don't go your way, and that's the way things go.