Top 103 Not Good Enough Quotes of 2020

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“Realize that everyone that you think is perfect feels like they’re not good enough, too.”

― Alessia Cara

“I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough. So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting.”

― Alex Iwobi

“What you put in, you usually get out. If you are not good enough on the day, fine, but if you put in everything you have, you usually get a decent result. When you lose, it motivates you to go again, not dwell on the past.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“I did the best I could, and in some arenas, my best was not good enough. I’ve made some bad choices.”

― Amy Grant

“When I retired first time around, injury had beaten me, and I hated that. Now I realise I’m no longer good enough. And I can handle that. It’s fine that I’m not good enough.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“I hate bullies. I hate them. I’m not good enough with words to describe how much I hate them.”

― Andrew Vachss

“In the SAS, if you’re not good enough, you’re graded out of it.”

― Ant Middleton

“There’s something to be said about just being vulnerable. Every woman has gone through something in her life that has been an image issue, or it has been something where somebody told her she’s not good enough. And every woman can relate to that.”

― Ashley Graham

“Sometimes you might feel like you’re not good enough or unique enough, but everyone is! Everyone has different personalities.”

― Astrid S

“Everywhere I look, someone is telling me, ‘You’re not good enough,’ or, ‘You can’t do this or that.’ You can only hear that so many times before enough is enough.”

― Baker Mayfield

“With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance, it is not good enough to simply roll the dice, hoping a nominee has changed his past views. It’s not good enough to think, ‘This is the best we can expect from this president’.”

― Barbara Boxer

“I feel a kinship with anyone who feels that their road, their life or who they really are is not good enough. I really relate to that.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“I never thought I’d be good enough. I really didn’t. There’s probably some fans out there who say I’m still not good enough, and that’s OK.”

― Big Show

“Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.”

― Bobby Knight

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too short, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, you’re too ugly – that’s nonsense.”

― Bradley Walsh

“I would have loved to have been a footballer like my great uncle Matt Busby, but I knew quite early on that I wasn’t going to make the grade. Luckily I was told by the age of 13 that I wasn’t good enough. That’s not a bad thing. You see this ‘X Factor’ generation of kids now who don’t accept that they’re not good enough.”

― Brendan Coyle

“Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.”

― Brene Brown

“It’s not good enough to say we value diversity and then underrepresent women and minorities.”

― Brian Krzanich

“All the stuff about being a drinking club, or having players who were not good enough, I treat as rubbish.”

― Bryan Robson

“It’s not good enough for us to have generations of kids that… look forward to a better version of a cell phone with a video in it. They need to look forward to exploration.”

― Burt Rutan

“To be let go from a soap opera is the most embarrassing confidence basher in the world. It’s like, ‘Oh, if I’m not good enough for that, I’m not good enough for anything.’”

― Cam Gigandet

“In order to make history, you have to win the World Cup. It’s not good enough just to reach a final.”

― Carlos Tevez

“This is a grueling profession. Either you can’t get work, or you can’t get certain kinds of parts, or you get a part, and it kills you because it’s not good enough, or you get successful and feel guilty about it.”

― Carol Kane

“It’s not good enough to believe women matter if they only matter in the U.K. They have to matter everywhere. As long as there’s an idea that women don’t matter in the world, then all women are diminished.”

― Cherie Blair

“Every opportunity that comes your way, you can’t take lightly. You have to take it very, very seriously, because the opportunities are limited. If you want to keep working, you can’t be such an elitist, to say no, that’s not good enough, not big enough, not smart enough, whatever.”

― Chris Klein

“If you don’t get better, staying the same is probably not good enough.”

― Chris Mullin

“If it is good enough for Prince William and Kate, why is studying art history not good enough for the masses?”

― Cornelia Parker

“I get really upset seeing my friends who are mums crying because they feel like they’re not good enough. Clever, confident, kind young women all going, ‘I’m ruining my child’s life.’”

― Daisy Donovan

“I’m not good enough to flip in and out of my Brit accent to my American accent.”

― Damian Lewis

“I know it wouldn’t seem like I’ve had a lot of failure in my career, but there are things that I regard as failures, when I look at certain performances and go, ‘That’s not good enough.’”

― Daniel Radcliffe

“You’d rather have a good headshot that cost you a little more but that’s going to last than pay less money for a headshot that’s not good enough.”

― Daniela Ruah

“Game Over is a very frustrating game convention. In short, it means, ‘If you were not good enough or did not play the game the way the designer intended you to play, you should play again until you do it right.’ What kind of story could a writer tell where the characters could play the same scene ten times until the outcome is right?”

― David Cage

“When it comes to United, if you don’t win everything, it’s not good enough.”

― David de Gea

“I couldn’t do rap. I was trying. I don’t know how. I’m not good enough to know.”

― Dee Dee Ramone

“I don’t get too much work to begin with, and whatever I get is mostly not good enough.”

― Dimple Kapadia

“What I learned from that loss, and also another loss that I’m going to talk about later, was that when you’re there, it’s not good enough to be there, when you’re there, you better walk away with that ring.”

― Don Shula

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t particularly great at anything. I was in my own world, and my teachers felt I’d never reach my potential. Even in sports, I’d only play team games because I felt I was not good enough to outshine anyone.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“We’re in a situation where the solutions that we have are not good enough. The way to improve anything is to have a discussion about its flaws. To understand what the one or two or three things are about it that would help fix it. The DMCA makes it dangerous to have that conversation.”

― Edward Felten

“We accept that, in one way now, if you are 27, 28 and still playing for Ajax, you are probably not good enough for the top of Europe because players want to go to the top in Europe.”

― Edwin van der Sar

“The truth is many of us have been socialized to think that if we are not the very best, if we are not at the top 1 percent of whatever it is we do, then we are not good enough. To reinforce this already pervasive mental model, society has established a competitive hierarchy for just about everything.”

― Elizabeth Thornton

“I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it’s already been covered by the media, and if it’s not good enough, why would I want to bother with it?”

― Evan Hunter

“It just seems to be a human trait to want to protect the speech of people with whom we agree. For the First Amendment, that is not good enough. So it is really important that we protect First Amendment rights of people no matter what side of the line they are on.”

― Floyd Abrams

“Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.”

― Gary Oldman

“It’s not good enough to give it tender, loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods, to buy it expensive educations. Those things don’t mean anything unless this generation has a future. And we’re not sure that it does.”

― George Wald

“I am pleased I went from fourth back into a medal position, but bronze is not good enough for me.”

― Greg Rutherford

“I don’t want to just keep playing for the sake of playing. The day I realise I’m not good enough, I’ll go. I want to play as long as I can – not just to make up the numbers but to play with utmost passion.”

― Imran Tahir

“We definitely did not write our own vows. We’re actors – people write things for us. We’re not good enough for that.”

― Italia Ricci

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think something’s not good enough, and I won’t stop until I feel like I’ve made it. I’m never satisfied.”

― J. Cole

“I suppose I was still optimistic and unrealistic, and I just hoped we could keep going as we were. But no. That was not good enough for Stephen, so off he went. Those were hard times. They really were. But then, I suppose, divorce is always hard.”

― Jane Hawking

“The purely agitational attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“You can always argue you’re never good enough until you win the Super Bowl. And even then, you’re going to lose players, and you’re not good enough then, either.”

― Jeffrey Lurie

“The argument has been made that smart women on screen are already enough of a minority to make up for the lack of women of color. Nope. Not good enough.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I think my greatest victory was every time I walked out there, I gave it everything I had. I left everything out there. That’s what I’m most proud of. I can’t go win Wimbledon anymore, so if what I’ve done in the past is not good enough, let it go. Because I’m certainly not sitting around thinking about it.”

― Jimmy Connors

“My mother is very positive and encouraging and nurturing, as a mother should be. She’s my auditioning partner. She says when it’s not good enough; she says when I’m ready.”

― John David Washington

“If something is not good enough, stop doing it.”

― Jonathan Ive

“We shouldn’t be afraid to fail- if we are not failing we are not pushing. 80% of the stuff in the studio is not going to work. If something is not good enough, stop doing it.”

― Jonathan Ive

“My voice is not good enough for me to sing a song.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Critics can be your most important friend. I don’t read criticism of my stuff only because when it’s bad, it’s rough-and when it’s good, it’s not good enough.”

― Kevin Bacon

“We’re all different, so even though someone is getting a skill before you, it doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough; it just means you have to wait a little bit, and the skill will come when it comes.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“I regret not doing a film that I was offered with Clark Gable because the script was not good enough.”

― Leslie Caron

“I don’t mind someone saying I’m not good enough. It hurts more when someone says you’re faking an injury.”

― Luol Deng

“With photography, I always think that it’s not good enough.”

― Lynsey Addario

“And it is easy to believe you are not good enough if you listen to everybody else.”

― Mackenzie Astin

“When I finish a picture I don’t show it to anyone if I feel it’s not good enough yet. I’ve learnt to listen to my partners and my friends. For me it’s the biggest success if they like it.”

― Marilyn Manson

“Am I a racist? No. That simple. And if that’s not good enough for you, too bad.”

― Mark Fuhrman

“A lot of fitness has that very masculine energy and drive, and that never worked for me. I want to be challenged. I don’t want to be told that I’m terrible and that I suck and that I’m not good enough – that’s not motivating.”

― Mary Helen Bowers

“Being in Los Angeles is this brutal awakening, where I feel not good enough as soon as I walk into a room, and I’m wearing the wrong thing, or I don’t have enough make up on. It’s all about image.”

― Mary Lambert

“Nothing makes you try harder than to be told that you are not good enough or that you simply do not have the skills.”

― Max Aaron

“Good is not good enough at United.”

― Memphis Depay

“The purely agitation attitude is not good enough for a detailed consideration of a subject.”

― Michael Korda

“Every day we do get closer to a cure. Three out of four children who are diagnosed with cancer will survive the disease, but that is not good enough. The loss of one child to this disease is too much.”

― Michael McCaul

“There are reasons that bands and musicians make demos and outtakes – because they are not good enough to make the record. A lot of people forget that.”

― Mike Patton

“I grew up with sports, but I was definitely not good enough to become a professional athlete – I just loved the storytelling aspect of it.”

― Molly Qerim

“If I’m not the best D-lineman, it’s not good enough for me.”

― Myles Garrett

“I’m not good enough to write about my friends, who are all brilliant and sophisticated.”

― Nick McDonell

“It’s either not good enough and dies altogether, or it develops.”

― Ninette de Valois

“If you think that your child is going to be really sensitive to the fact that they might not win – which they probably won’t – you shouldn’t do it because it’s not healthy if they get the feeling that they’re not good enough or they’re not worthy.”

― Olivia Culpo

“I don’t think Flo Rida gets on just any song. If you look at the songs he has done – even The Saturdays one – was a hit. If it’s not good enough, then he won’t do it.”

― Olly Murs

“All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.”

― Patti LaBelle

“I just keep following the good writing. I’m not good enough to make bad writing look good. Some people can, and I admire them for it, but I cannot. I will go down with the ship.”

― Paul Sparks

“My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough. I have this voice in my head that I’ve been battling for years that says, ‘You’re not really talented enough. You don’t really deserve this.’”

― Rachel Platten

“Growing up in the entertainment industry, I’ve had a lot of people tell me I’m not good enough.”

― Renee Olstead

“To be fair to David Brent, he wants to be famous for doing something, for being a musician, but he’s just not good enough.”

― Ricky Gervais

“I’m not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.”

― Ritchie Blackmore

“My children have never watched any of my films. Charlie knows that daddy makes movies, but he says they are not good enough for him to watch.”

― Russell Crowe

“We see these cute, perfect bombshells that make me feel like I’m not good enough, I’m not pretty enough. I don’t think I could pull off playing a person like that, and do I want to? I don’t know.”

― Sarah Steele

“I would love to be able to pursue music as a career but honestly, I’m just not good enough.”

― Shawn Ashmore

“I never expected to win a Grand Slam because, for me, I was not good enough to beat those guys.”

― Stan Wawrinka

“If I’m working as an engineer for another band, the responsibility for brilliance pretty much rests on their shoulders. I think I’m pretty good, but I’m not good enough to turn a trout into a sausage, or the other way around.”

― Steve Albini

“We want to show all of our customers that the industry standards that we had been employing before – which are considered great standards – were not good enough.”

― Steve Ells

“The most common thing I find is very brilliant, acute, young people who want to become writers but they are not writing. You know, they really badly want to write a book but they are not writing it. The only advice I can give them is to just write it, get to the end of it. And, you know, if it’s not good enough, write another one.”

― Teju Cole

“If a customer walks out without shoes, you really want to find out why. ‘It didn’t fit’ is not good enough.”

― Thomas G. Stemberg

“I don’t even know why I’m saying this in an interview situation, but I always feel like I’m not good enough for some reason. I wish that wasn’t the case, but left to my own devices, that voice starts speaking up.”

― Trent Reznor

“My high school was a private school where you went to an Ivy League. That’s just what was expected of you and nothing less. So I grew up never being okay with a ‘B’ because a ‘B’ was not good enough.”

― Troian Bellisario

“Rejection doesn’t always mean I’m not good enough.”

― Vincent Rodriguez III

“I’ve always felt very insecure being around in-laws, even my siblings – like the guy who made a bad decision, or the guy who would never just fess up that I’m not good enough to make it, or I don’t have what it takes.”

― Walker Hayes

“It is not good enough for things to be planned – they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”

― Walt Kelly

“Two hundred channel choices in most homes certainly gives you the world of choice. And so slicing it, dicing it, and offering someone their favorite thing – by the way, if it’s not good enough, make it yourself and post it.”

― Warren Littlefield

“I can’t do all that riddly diddly stuff. I’m not good enough. It’s all about not playing.”

― Will Champion

“The chip comes from people saying I’m not good enough, or I can’t score, or I’m not a real basketball player.”

― Willie Cauley-Stein

“Over a long time, I’ve honestly had enough of people saying Arsenal’s defence is not good enough.”

― Wojciech Szczesny

“My inclination, as an old-school, classically trained journalist, is not to go with a story unless I have it hard. It’s not good enough to say something based on rumors that were flying around.”

― Wolf Blitzer
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