[Ads-l] "Try to Please Everybody"

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Mon May 8 15:11:17 EDT 2017


It's not verbatim, but there's something of an antedating with Aesop's fable of The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey (although Wikipedia, which uses the title The miller, his son and the donkey, says it can be securely dated only to the 13th century).  In the Harvard Classics edition, this has the moral "Please all, and you will please none."


John Baker


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Subject: "Try to Please Everybody"

A Treasury of Business Quotations has "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody," citing it to an address by Herbert B. Swope, Dec. 20, 1950.  Can anyone point me to any earlier occurrences of this or similar (maybe "everyone" instead of "everybody") quotations?


Fred Shapiro




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