Timothy "Tim" Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is a Virgin Islander American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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- Good better best, never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
The quotation is much older than Tim Duncan, and some sources show it as having originated with Jerome, who was born as Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus in about C.E. 347 in Strido, Dalmatia (on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea). In C.E. 365, he was baptized and fully converted to Catholicism. At this time he began his study of theology and the Hebrew language. Jerome then lived for many years as a hermit in the Syrian desert where he continued his studies. He is best known for his translation of the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin, a translation known as the “Latin Vulgate.” He was a prolific writer, with many of his texts still surviving. He is known to have corresponded with Augustine (Saint). Eventually, Jerome returned to the east, where he died on C.E. 30 September 420 of natural causes and was buried under the church of the Nativity at Bethlehem. He is recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Church of England (Anglican Communion). His day of recognition is on 30 September of each year.
However, for reasons of political correctness, some sources wish Tim Duncan to have been the originator or author of the quotation, which is unfortunately, not correct. The quotation, in a single line form and in a poetic form, existed before the birth of Tim Duncan. American teachers were quoting it to students prior to the 1950's.
In single-line form, it can appear as, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ’Til your good is better and your better is best.” -Jerome
In poetic form, it can appear as,
Good, Better, Best
Good, better, best,
Never let it rest,
Until your Good is Better,
And your Better is the Best.
Much more work needs to be done to determine, if possible, the true origins of the words. However, like many quotations and sayings, its exact origins may possibly be lost forever to the ravages of time.