„Best we can do. And we have to do something.“

—  Lee Child, book 61 Hours

61 Hours, (2010).

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British thriller writer 1954

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„Only by doing the best we can with the very best that an era offers, do we find the way to do better in the future.“

—  Frank Drake American astronomer and astrophysicist 1930

in A Reminiscence of Project Ozma http://www.bigear.org/vol1no1/ozma.htm, Cosmic Search Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1979.

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„Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting — in the trying, not the triumph.“

—  Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012

As quoted in The Subconscious Diet : It's Not What You Put in Your Mouth; It Is What You Put in Your Mind (2005) by Hugh B. Sanders, p. 104 <!-- also quoted in The First Step : A Peek at the Real World (2006) by Gudmundur O. Sigurdarson, p. 41 -->
Context: Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting — in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard — reaching for the highest that is in us — becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.

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„I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do.“

—  Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013

Ch. 55 : Go Gently
Life Itself : A Memoir (2011)
Context: "Kindness" covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

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„Democracy is not something we have, it's something we do.“

—  Doris Haddock American political activist 1910 - 2010

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„We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933

Citát „We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.“
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„We do have something of a story here, a true story, that we can work with religiously should we elect to do so.“

—  Ursula Goodenough American biologist 1943

On the Epic of Evolution in "Forum : Epic, Story, Narrative : A Cosmogen Dialogue" in Epic of Evolution Quarterly (Fall 1998) http://www.thegreatstory.org/EpicStoryNarrative.pdf, p. 12
Context: We do have something of a story here, a true story, that we can work with religiously should we elect to do so. … There are clearly all sorts of flavors right now, just as there were when … Christianity was being put together, which took centuries to get the core in place and has been under revision ever since. Let's keep talking!

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„Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953

2000s
Context: Religious people often say that religion offers absolute certainty about right and wrong; "god tells them" what it is. Even supposing that the aforementioned gods exist, and that the believers really know what the gods think, that still does not provide certainty, because any being no matter how powerful can still be wrong. Whether gods exist or not, there is no way to get absolute certainty about ethics. Without absolute certainty, what do we do? We do the best we can. Injustice is happening now; suffering is happening now. We have choices to make now. To insist on absolute certainty before starting to apply ethics to life decisions is a way of choosing to be amoral.

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Citát „It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.“
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„It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

As cited in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (2007), Ed. Goodwin, Black Dog Publishing, p. 168, ISBN 1579127215
Post-war years (1945–1955)

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„We do what we can do means what exactly means, that we do what we can do.“

—  Mariano Rajoy Spanish politician 1955

26 June, 2017
As President, 2017
Source: Vozópuli http://www.vozpopuli.com/espana/Rajoy-Conteste-senor-Barcenas-telefono_2_1048115186.html

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