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The quote is generally attributed to Woody Allen.

The closest attributable quote is "Showing up is eighty percent of life" which appeared in the New York Times on August 21, 1977, and was attributed to Woody Allen (see Related Links, and thanks to Fred Shapiro for the detective work on this).

A quick web search shows many ways the quote has been changed over the years, including changing:

  • 80% to 90%
  • life to success or winning
  • The order, to put the number first

So a common version now is "90% of success is just showing up."

The line has been attributed to Annie Hall, but this appears to be incorrect.

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