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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Robert Francis Kennedy (1925–68)
QUOTATION: He has called on the best that was in us. There was no such thing as half-trying. Whether it was running a race or catching a football, competing in school—we were to try. And we were to try harder than anyone else. We might not be the best, and none of us were, but we were to make the effort to be the best. “After you have done the best you can,” he used to say, “the hell with it.”
ATTRIBUTION: Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY, tribute to his father, Joseph P. Kennedy. Read at Joseph Kennedy’s funeral by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, November 20, 1969.—Congressional Record, November 25, 1969, vol. 115, p. 35877.