Don't Ever Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When 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 failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd 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 slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And 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 that you mustn't quit.
This is a poem I've first seen way back in college. It was written on a poster. I love the message so much. I bought it and put on the wall beside my bed to be my inspiration daily. Ironically, I stopped from the university for reasons I thought were best for me. My board mates asked for my posters as a souvenir. Unhesitatingly, I gave all my posters including my favorite poem.
After two decades I again stumbled on this poem. It still struck me the way it did years ago. I now posted it here that I may read it anytime I need encouraging words. Hope it encourages you too.