Famous Inspirational Poems

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  1. The Golden Rule
      by William Arthur Ward

    I asked three men this question yesterday:
    "What does the Golden Rule mean most to you?"
    One could not hear what each man had to say
    Without becoming filled with faith anew . . . . .

  2. Drudgery
      Poet: Patience Strong

    I often think that drudgery is a blessing in disguise -
    I'm sorry for the people with no tasks in life - no ties...

    The folds who plod and spend their lives in work and daily grind -
    They are true philosophers -
    If in their work they find -
    The need for kindly tolerance, for patience, joy and zest -
    The highest qualities of man in humble things expressed . . . . .

  3. the will to win

  4. The Will To Win
      Poet: Berton Braley

    If you want a thing bad enough
    To go out and fight for it,
    Work day and night for it,
    Give up your time and your peace and your sleep for it . . . . .

  5. The Thinker
      Poet: Berton Braley

    Back of the beating hammer
    By which the steel is wrought,
    Back of the workshop's clamor
    The seeker may find the Thought
    Of iron and steam and steel,v That rises above disaster
    And tramples it under heel . . . . .

  6. Empty
      Poet: Berton Braley

    Oh. Little House of Pleasant Dreams,
    The dreams are fled
    And you are but four empty walls
    Whose soul is dead.
    The garden that was magic soil
    Is common loam.
    And there is nothing but a house
    Which was a Home . . . . .

  7. Bedside Books
      Poet: Patience Strong

    My house is full of well-loved books -
    They're scattered round the place -
    In unexpected corners -
    On the shelves and in the case . . . . .

  8. we can always learn

  9. We Can Always Learn
      Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    No man is wholly foolish, just as none is wholly wise;
    The world has precious few extremes, you'll find if you'll examine.
    The man who's partly deaf, you'll note, has extra useful eyes
    This "wholly helpless" notion is the plainest sort of gammon . . . . .

  10. Forgive Me Poems
      Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    Wouldn't it be good, my brother,
    If the sun could always shine?
    If we lived for one another,
    Wouldn't every day be fine . . . . .

  11. The Keenest Pleasure
      Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    We are so built, we human things,
    That we may touch joy's deepest springs
    Now and again. We should be glad
    That real pleasure may be had
    From our accomplishment of what
    Our brains conceived, our two hands wrought
    But still the finest joy, indeed,
    Is seeing some one else succeed . . . . .

  12. The Little Roads To Happiness
      Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

    The little roads to happiness,
    They are not hard to find;
    They do not lead to great success -
    but to a quiet mind.
    They do not lead to mighty power,
    Nor to substantial wealth.
    They bring one to a book, a flower,
    A song of cheer and health . . . . .

  13. Laughter and Tears
      Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

    Laughter shook his locks of gold,
    shook his golden locks and cried,
    "What are these I now behold!"
    "Tears," the voice of sorrow sighed . . . . .

  14. Just Won't Worry - So There
      Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

    Go away, you cringing Fear.
    Hide your head, O carking Care.
    Both of you - now disappear.
    Just won't worry - so there . . . . .

  15. Home Is Here
      Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

    "Home is here," says the chair,
    "Though I'm shabby, I don't care.
    I have given hours of rest
    To a weary, much-loved guest.
    Do not ask, 'Home is where!'
    "It is here," says the chair . . . . .

  16. Some One Can Do It

  17. Some One Can Do It
      Poet: David V. Bush

    When some one says, "It can't be done",
    And squirms 'neath manhood's toiling;
    Complains about ''No battles won" —
    His speech with whimpers boiling;
    Some other man with steady tread
    Success attains — how was it?
    Pursues his course with aching head;
    Plods on and works and does it . . . . .

  18. What Have We Done Today?
      Poet: Nixon Waterman

    We shall do so much in the years to come,
    But what have we done today?
    We shall give our gold in a princely sum,
    But what did we give today?
    We shall lift the heart, and dry the tear,
    We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,
    We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
    But what did we speak today . . . . .

  19. This Morning
      Poet: John Imrie

    This morning! for the rising sun
    His daily journey hath begun;
    Flooding the earth with glory bright,
    Chasing away the gloom of night;
    Closing the eye of every star
    That twinkles in the heavens afar;
    Paling the moon's soft, silvery light,
    Till it recedes from mortal sight . . . . .

  20. Night
      Poet: John Imrie

    When evening shades are falling fast,
    Long shadows on the ground are cast,
    The western sky is all aglow
    With fiery glory sotting low;
    The hill-tops glance with changing hue,
    A noble back-ground to the view,
    As mountain, river, lake, and plain.
    Are bathed in glory once again . . . . .

  21. Sometimes Think Of Me
      Poet: Lillian E. Curtis

    The pleasant hours have past,
    And I must now return;
    Tis hard to say good-bye,
    But the lesson we must learn . . . . .

  22. Love And Kindness
      Poet: J.J. Thorne

    This is a lesson we should heed,
    Through our Maker to obey;
    To oblige the poor in case of need.
    And help them on their way . . . . .

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  24. Service To Others
      Poet: William Arthur Ward

    The climate of our days is influenced
    More by the condition of our temperament
    Than by the of our surroundings;
    More by the humility in our heart
    Than by the humidity of air;
    More by the happiness we create . . . . .

  25. The Choices
      Poet: William Arthur Ward

    The choices we make each day of the week,
    The paths that we take, the goals that we seek,
    The kind of persons one day we will be
    Is daily determined by you and me . . . . .

  26. Reliance
      Poet: Lillian E. Curtis

    Not to the swift, the race:
    Not to the strong, the fight:
    Not to the righteous, perfect grace:
    Not to the wise, the light . . . . .

  27. You Can Never Tell
      Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    You can never tell when you send a word
    Like an arrow shot from a bow
    By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
    Just where it will chance to go.
    It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
    Tipped with its poison or balm;
    To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart
    It may carry its pain or its calm . . . . .

  28. To-morrow We May Be Placed
      Poet: J.J. Thorne

    Life decays, as a shadow fades,
    And death we must obey;
    To-morrow we may be
    Placed in clay . . . . .

  29. Your Land!
      Poet: Berton Braley

    What does your country mean to you?
    Merely a place to live and make money in?
    Merely a hive where you gather the honey in,
    Or something that's splendid and true?
    Something that thrills you and holds you and thralls you
    Something your pulses can leap and beat high for
    Making you ready to serve when it calls you
    Something to work and to live and to die for
    What does it mean to you . . . . .

  30. Let Your Light Shine
      Poet: Caleb Davis Bradlee

    O let your light shine, all clear and all bright,
    Fear not to speak what you know to be right;
    Hide not the thoughts that God puts in your heart,
    And ever be glad thy strength to impart . . . . .

  31. do all you can

  32. Do All You Can
      Poet: Arthur Franklin Fuller

    Do all you can for those you ought to love -
    'Tis thoughtfulness and service that best prove -
    Awaken! realize each circled dial -
    The worth of what 'tis yours to own a while;
    Bring now your flowers, the praise so fitly said -
    'Twill bless the living - cannot cheer the dead;
    Let men deride your sentimental spell -
    Stay calm and know that you are doing well . . . . .

  33. Our Personal Duty
      Poet: J.J. Thorne

    Never yield to evil habits.
    Never good things disdain,
    Never suffer tongue and lips
    To take God's name in vain . . . . .

  34. Who Do You Work For
      Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    I work for someone else, he said;
    "I have no chance to get ahead.
    At night I leave the job behind;
    At morn I face the same old grind.
    And everything I do by day
    Just brings to me the same old pay.
    While I am here I cannot see
    The semblance of a chance for me." . . . . .

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