You never get a second chance to make a first impression — and everyone needs a second chance. Wise teachers have looked at the idea of second chances, and had very different ideas. These second chances quotations summarize some of those different views.

Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never

— Alan Bennett

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose — not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.

— Anne Sullivan

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

— C. S. Lewis

There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafn

The U.S. is supposed to be a nation of second chances, but for the 70 million Americans with a criminal record, we’re not doing such a great job. Even among those whose crimes were nonviolent and committed long ago, too many still bear a scarlet letter.

— Cass Sunstein

We get a second chance at everything, including our mistakes.

— Christopher X. Shade

In books, as in life, there are no second chances. On second thought: it’s the next work, still to be written, that offers the second chance.

— Cynthia Ozick

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.

— Henry Ford

The moon is a reminder that no matter what happens, every month we have a second chance.

— Imelda Marcos

Second chances do come your way. Like trains, they arrive and depart regularly. Recognizing the ones that matter is the trick.

— Jill A. Davis

Suffice to say, many women find their first appearance on a comedy panel show to be their last. Second chances seem to be given less often to the female of the species.

— Jo Brand

It was fans… who understood ‘Star Trek’ and brought it back to life. ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘The Paper Chase,’ and ‘Til Fly Away’ all got second chances… So did ‘Gunsmoke’ and ‘Cheers.’ It’s very hard to change a network’s mind, but it can be done.

— John de Lancie

We can’t let ourselves stop believing in Second Chances for everyone. That’s why my role on the Board of Pardons is so important to me.

— John Fetterman

What we need to do is fundamentally shift the justice system by bringing redemption to the forefront and making sure that second chances are possible in this country.

— John Fetterman

A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.

— John Wayne

Everyone deserves a second chance in this world. That’s basically forgiveness.

— Jose N. Harris

Atheists have to live with the knowledge that there is no salvation, no redemption, no second chances. Lives can go terribly wrong in ways that can never be put right.

— Julian Baggini

If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you’ve got to go all the way.

— Lance Armstrong

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

— Maya Angelou

Don’t think there are no second chances. Life always offers you a second chance…. It’s called tomorrow.

— Nicholas Sparks

If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.

— Oprah Winfrey

Every Saint has a past.
Every Sinner, has a future.

— Oscar Wilde

If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.

— Pete Rose

There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.

— Rachel Griffiths

Every moment of your life is a second chance.

— Rick Price

It seems to me America is the country of second chances.

— Rob Pilatus

But second chances aren’t forever. Even miracles have an expiration date

— Robyn Schneider

I believe in second chances, but I don’t believe in third or fourth chances.

— Selena Gomez

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

— Thomas H. Palmer, popularized by William Edward Hickson

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.

— W. C. Fields
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