by Edgar A. Guest
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 everyone 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 of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
it's when things seem worst,
you must not quit.
Short Quotes to Encourage
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Success never resides in the world of weak wishes, but in the palace of purposeful plans and prayerful persistence.
William Arthur Ward, Up Words
I truly believe that there is a hidden champion inside all of us, and we must have the courage to bring it out.
David DeNotaris Feeling Your Way Through Life
Failure, like success, is the result of an attempt.
Greg Henry Quinn, 365 Meditations for Teachers