A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 14, 2018
“Try is a small word that makes a big difference”

"If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it” is a motivational saying that has been printed on many images. Authorship is unknown.

“To try when there is little hope is to risk failure; not to try at all is to guarantee it” was printed in The Times of India (New Delhi, India) on December 7, 1969. “To try when there’s little hope is to risk failure. Not to try at all is to guarantee it!” was printed in the Daily Leader (Pontiac, IL) on June 3, 1976.

“Somebody once said, ‘If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it’” was printed in India-West (San Leandro, CA) on August 9, 2002.

“‘Try’ is a small word, but it has a mighty significance. We can never accomplish anything if we don’t try” was published in the book Handy Man’s Manual of Facts and Figures (1910) by James D. Milford. “Try is small word that can make a big difference… If we try,we only risk failure, but if we don t try we ll ensure failure” was posted on Twitter on May 11, 2009.


Google Books
Handy Man’s Manual of Facts and Figures
By James D. Milford
Edited by Theodore Waters
New York, NY: The Christian Herald
1910
Pg. 203:
“Try” is a small word, but it has a mighty significance.

We can never accomplish anything if we don’t try. A man never knows his own possibilities until he puts them to the test. Never say, “I can’t do it,” but always say “I’ll try to do it.”

7 December 1969, The Times of India (New Delhi, India), “Eye to Eye” by Walter Mendes, Magazine sec., pg. 6, col. 3:
Why give up with the plaint: “What’s the use of trying!” To try when there is little hope is to risk failure; not to try at all is to guarantee it.

3 June 1976, Daily Leader (Pontiac, IL), pg. 2, col. 3 ad:
“To try when there’s little hope is to risk failure. Not to try at all is to guarantee it!”
(State Bank of Graymont.—ed.)

24 June 1976, Sumner (IA) Gazette, pg. 9, col. 8:
TO TRY when there is little hope is to risk failure. Not to try at all is to guarantee it.—Anonymous.

15 September 1976, Waukesha (WI) Freeman, pg. 6, left masthead (col. 1):
To try when there is little hope is to risk failure. Not to try at all is to guarantee it.
Anonymous

Google Books
Beyond Self Protection:
What Every Woman Should Know About How to Keep from Getting Raped

By Austin Kelley
Larksdale Press
1992
Pg. 20:
MOTIVATION
“To try when there is little hope is to risk failure, Not to try at all is to guarantee it.”
Anonymous

9 August 2002, India-West (San Leandro, CA), “‘Banana Brothers’ On Location” by Lisa Tsering, pg. C1:
Kher feels little trepidation about working with a first-time director. “Somebody once said, ‘If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it.’”

Google Groups: alt.music.pearl-jam
Vote For Change Tour update !
Arizona PJ
11/8/04
(...)
“If you try, you risk failure.  If you don’t try, you ensure it.”

Google Groups: YoungDavids
Hi
Aruna Tracy Shalini.R
4/6/07
Thought for the day
If you try, you fear FAILURE. If you don’t you ENSURE it.

Twitter
Mahendra A. Sharma
@mahendras
Try is the small word that make big difference, if you try, you risk failure, but if you don’t try, you ensure failure.
10:27 AM - 6 Mar 2009

Twitter
paramjot
@PKaurs
Try is small word that can make a big difference… If we try,we only risk failure, but if we don t try we ll ensure failure -
1:44 AM - 11 May 2009

Twitter
Dr. Hamid R. Ansari
@drhamidraihan
If you try, you risk failure, If you don’t you ensure it.
10:32 PM - 15 May 2009

Google Groups: Mutual Fund India
mailid and website of president and primeminister to inform them about advisors worry
harpreet singh
6/22/09
(...)
TRY IS A SMALL WORLD THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
IF WE TRY ,WE ONLY RISK FAILURE.....
BUT IF WE DONT EVEN TRY,
WE ENSURE.

Twitter
Chirag Suchak
@Jokesss
Try is a small word that makes a lot of difference. If we try, we only risk failure. But if we don’t even try we ensure it.
10:11 AM - 29 Jul 2009

Twitter
ROBoholic
@ROBoholic
Try is a small word that makes a lot of difference. If we try, we only risk failure. But if we don’t even try we ensure it.
5:45 PM - 29 Jul 2009

Yahoo! Answers (January 6, 2010)
“If you try, your risk failure. If you don’t try, you ensure it.” What do you think of this quote?
Do you abide by it?
Best Answer: As Wanye Gretzky said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Better try new things and learn from failures than doing nothing and waste your life.
Prince of Tales

Google Books
WOW - Words Of Wisdom
By Hemant C.Lodha
Nagpur, India: Panchshil Prakashan
2011
Pg. 80:
TRY is a small word but can make big difference. If we try we risk failure but if we do not try we are sure of failure.

Twitter
komal
@NagdevKomal
TRY IS SMALL WORD THAT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. IF WE TRY WE ONLY RISK FAILURE BUT IF DON’T EVEN TRY THEN WE WILL ENSURE FAILURE . GE..
9:45 AM - 2 May 2011

Twitter
Paulette
@ghbphorn
Gr8 quote via @_Benipedia_
“To try when there’s little hope is to risk failure, not to try at all is to guarantee it” unk
#WednesdayWisdom
10:59 AM - 12 Oct 2016

Twitter
Satish Kumar Gupta
@SatishK01041991
TRY is small word that makes big differences, If we try, we only risk failure,
by if we don’t TRY, then we ensure failure.
Quote
10:14 PM - 28 Feb 2018

YourTango
60 Motivational Life Quotes To Inspire You Every Morning
Lani Akingbade
March 2, 2018
(...)
26. Don’t ensure failure.
“If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it."- Unknown

Twitter
quickviewshop
@Quickviewshops
If you try, you risk failure. If you don’t, you ensure it. - -Anonymous #quote #motivation #business #life
3:30 PM - 10 Jun 2018

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