Don’t Quit

imageA copy of this poem has been sitting on my desk or next to my bed for over 30 years, and I read it almost every day. It has been one of those constant reminders to rise up above life’s challenges and problems, negative thinking and a whole lot more…

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


13 thoughts on “Don’t Quit

  1. Pingback: Don’t ever quit! | Creating life with words: Inspiration, love and truth

  2. I’ve loved this poem since…I dunno’ when…a long time ago! Thanks for reminding me about Don’t Quit. I just started a new “get healthy again” program today & this is great incentive to stick to it! Have a great day!


  3. Hello, I can recall nothing that has laid by the side of my bed for the past thirty plus years and to which I refer most everyday. I do meet my own needs, both lower and higher levels every day. I do eat, sleep, attempt to move my bowels, and blow my nose (when necessary) every day.

    I do so admire your perseverance, your single mindedness, and your capacity to keep your eye, involve your mind and heart on what really defines and adds meaning to our lives each and every day. Thank you for reminding me.

    Your friend, Richard


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