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Attempting Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Attempting

Please enjoy these Attempting Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

Related topics: Motivational

We fear the unknown,
perhaps more than we fear anything else,
and yet we are, at heart, adventurers.
We seek to expand our realm of knowledge and dominion.
Perhaps we are attempting to overcome and crush the unknown,
but our duel with the unknown is such a one-sided clash
that we must know in our hearts
that our adventure is no more than a child's game.
Perhaps we hope that the unknown
is like the darkness of a cave
and that the brief light of our adventurer's candle
can illuminate the entire cave.
Nonetheless, the path of the adventurer
is a path of joy, while the way of fear is one of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches.
- Harold Evans

 

I later spent...
five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey,
always on an involuntary basis, and always attempting
a legal argument for release.
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.

The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
- Xun Zi

It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite
things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible.
- Arthur Machen

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Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny
in the eye without flinching but also without attempting to play God.
- Henry A. Kissinger

A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly.
The histories of all popular governments show absurd
is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.
- Franklin Pierce

At the same time, it is obvious that clinicians in
Haiti are faced with different,
and, in fact, greater, challenges when attempting to
treat complications of HIV disease.
- Paul Farmer

It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema,
because there aren't words or metaphors which describe
many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.
- Conrad Hall

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring
the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
- Horace Mann

We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present:
unemployment,
inflation...
but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.
- Barbara Jordan

But I have always - ever since The Accidental Woman -
written novels about individuals attempting to make
choices in the context of situations over which they have no control.
- Jonathan Coe

Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil.
Our great hope lies in developing what is good.
- Calvin Coolidge

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires,
rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
- John Stuart Mill

It is strange to reflect how much energy is thrown
away in attempting to know the unknowable.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

That's always an interesting concept when you try to
make your dream into a reality and you come up against
the facts of exactly what it is you're attempting to do.
- Karl Urban

Balancing a nominal budget will solve nothing,
and attempting to achieve such a spurious balance will produce much mischief.
- William Vickrey

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking
a question he cannot answer,
and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I love to have battles of the wits with people that
can dish fast and dirty -
and it leads to problems occasionally,
'cause I can sound mean without attempting to be mean.
- Alton Brown

A biblical false prophet was a servant of the devil
attempting to lead people away from the truth.
- Walter Martin

Much of my work in this period was concerned with exploring
the logic of economic models,
but also with attempting to reconcile the models with every day observation.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

It is by attempting to reach the top in a single leap
that so much misery is produced in the world.
- William Cobbett

As the fly bangs against the window attempting freedom
while the door stands open,
so we bang against death ignoring heaven.
- Douglas Horton

I like the fact that major studios have been attempting horror films recently.
- Richard King

You can never stop and as older people,
we have to learn how to take leadership from the youth
and I guess I would say that this is what I'm attempting to do right now.
- Angela Davis

Any people attempting to govern themselves by laws of their own making,
and by officers of their own appointment,
are in direct rebellion against the kingdom of God.
- Orson Pratt

When you use music to worship you are not attempting to entertain.
- Cliff Richard

Everything that I'm attempting to do is based on my
understanding of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and
what he wanted for his people.
- Louis Farrakhan

In approaching our subject it will be best,
without attempting to shorten the path by referring
to famous theories of the drama,
to start directly from the facts, and to collect from
them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley

Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior,
we do so by attempting to give that responsibility
to some other individual or organization or entity.
But this means we then give away our power to that entity.
- M. Scott Peck

When my job was attempting to predict future economic
developments for the Shell oil company,
I was frequently reminded of an Arabic saying:
'Those who claim to foresee the future are lying,
even if by chance they are later proved right.'
- Vince Cable

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to
fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt.
All of us who are attempting to go around the world
in balloons are effectively flying in experimental
craft because these craft cannot be tested.
- Richard Branson

So many people think they need to have serious equipment.
In the magazines and the media, they see all this stylish stuff,
especially on TV, and they think, That's what I need to make it work.
You don't.
I'm attempting a little bit of liberation here.
- Sally Schneider

Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism
for purposes of subversion,
it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid,
complete and classic as the works of museums.
- Salvador Dali

After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very
aggressive war with history,
attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory.
Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon's tapes.
- Bob Woodward

And therefore we must seek dialogue in this networked world.
We must ask which voice was actually attempting to
make itself heard and saw no other possibility of gaining a hearing.
To that extent, for a while this also represented a
forced opening of a cosmopolitan view.
- Ulrich Beck

It just seems that you were talking positively about McDonald's,
that they are...
attempting this healthy lifestyle, and yet when we're talking right now...
it seems that you're saying they need to make more responsibility.
- Maria Bartiromo

Every time you work, you have to do it all over again,
to rid yourself of this dross.
I suppose for a person who is not an artist or not attempting art,
it is not dross, because it is the common exchange of everyday life.
- Carl Andre

We watched the U.S.
citizenship immigration services web site in March.
They had six million, two hundred thousand hits,
and two million people downloaded applications for citizenship.
So what we're doing is attempting to help people in that process.
- Luis Gutierrez

We were thus led to organize ourselves,
as men who had fought the war together,
in order to support those statesmen who had truly understood
the lessons of that World War,
thus attempting to prevent its recurrence.
- Rene Cassin

Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders,
without attempting to form any opinion of your own
regarding their propriety.
Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king;
and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.
- Horatio Nelson

At a time when we are facing threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran,
and attempting to convince others such as India and
Pakistan to become responsible nuclear powers,
it is vital that America reclaims the leadership we
once had on arms control.
- Ellen Tauscher

Attempting to write vocal oriented songs to me felt
like going through the motions and if you are going
to go through the motions you might as well just do
any gig that caused you to do repetitive motions like
banging a hammer or serving fries.
- Ronnie Montrose

After mature consideration it was unanimously agreed,
that, to prevent as much as possible their attempting
to return and molest the settlers that may be set down on their lands,
a sufficient number of vessels should be hired with
all possible expedition for that purpose.
- Charles Lawrence

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately
represented in symbols of speech,
nor by speech itself.
The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their
powers in attempting to portray its features.
Language and illustration combined must fail.
- John Wesley Powell

Pornography is pornography, what is there to see? Movies
are attempting to destroy something that's supposed
to be the most beautiful thing a man and a woman can
have by making it cheap and common.
It's what you don't see that's attractive.
- Nancy Reagan

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Know that life is most joyful when you
neither attempt to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Glory lies in the attempt to reach one's goal,
and not in reaching it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do not attempt to conquer the world with force,
for force only causes resistance.
- Lao Tzu

If you get frustrated by some of your family,
focus on the good aspects of your relationship
and attempt to overlook the irritations.
Then give thanks for everyone who plays a part in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every goal, every action, every thought,
every feeling one experiences, whether it be consciously or unconsciously known,
is an attempt to increase one's level of peace of mind.
- Sydney Madwed

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Never go backward.
Attempt, and do it with all your might.
Determination is power.
- Charles Simmons

I am still amazed at how big, how enormous
a love and mystery God is -
and how small are the minds
that attempt to corral
this life force into rules and taboos,
cults and sects.
- Bono

It is useless for us to attempt to reason a man
out of a thing he has never been reasoned into.
- Jonathan Swift

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
- Stephen Sondheim

I fear it's because religion is man's attempt to reach God,
and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide
anyone else's claim to have done the same.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Eradicating a religion of kindness is,
I think, a terrible thing for the Chinese to attempt.
- Martin Scorsese

I attempt to write a good novel.
Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages,
not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.
- Elizabeth George

Never had there been such an attempt to make conquest
the servant of civilization.
About keeping India there is no question.
England has a real duty there.
- Goldwin Smith

Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which
you didn't even have when you were on your own.
- Eddie Cantor

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma,
a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own
mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
- Umberto Eco

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult,
and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case
that confidence may not fall asleep,
in the other that it may not be dismayed.
- Baltasar Gracian


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