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Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.

Tim Duncan
Professional Basketball Player

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My Gr.7 math teacher made us recite this quote everyday. It has stuck with me for 38 years.
Myriah, BC, Canada

This quote was spoken/written about by St. Jerome who lived between 347 and 420AD. He is responsible for many more fine quotes, a very learned man.
Richard, Hartlepool, England

Also, we learned it as, "until your good becomes your better, and your better becomes your best".
Evita , Alabama

I was born in 1986 and I learned this quote in elementary school.
Evita , Alabama

I also learned this in elementary school in the 1960's. Apparently the quote is by St. Jerome, although in that version the last "your" is omitted. I like the version with the last "your" the best.
Janet, Silver Spring, MD

I remember learning this quote in about the 5th grade in the early 50's. Our teacher taught it to us.
FNP, North Carolina

As a baby boomer born in 1948,this quote was always in recited to me by my father whenever I got a report card. He always wanted to see improvement. This became my mantra to students in my Art classes during my 37 year teaching career.
M. Werner, Oconto, WI

This is not an original quote of Tim Duncan. I remember knowing it all of my life. I never had to learn it, but just knew it because it was quoted often. I was born in 1953, therefore the quote is MUCH older than Tim Duncan.
R Easter, Chester, VA

This was one of my great grandfather's favorite sayings to his students. He taught school from 1872 until his death in 1924.
Janice L., Federick, Maryland

My dad said this to me all my life -- starting in the 1950s. Somehow I don't think this can be attributed to a basketball player born in 1976. Good quote, though!
Valerie N, Rapid City, SD

This quote is much older than Tim Duncan. (My mother used to repeat it to me when I was growing up.) A brief search shows that the original author was most likely St. Jerome (circa the 4th or 5th century).
Laura W, Indiana

Adlai Stevenson used this quote years before Tim Duncan's Mother shared it with him. My own mother quoted this line to me back in the late 50's/early 60's.
Virginia P., SC

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