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National Poetry Day : My Favorite Motivational Poem

Don't Quit
by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
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 strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes 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.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

This poem is in the public domain.

John Greenleaf Whittier is an American Poet (1807 - 1892). He was known as one of the "Fireside Poets" and actually made a comfortable living doing his work. He was also political and a Massachusetts abolitionist who produced two collections of anti-slavery poems. This, however, apparently offended both sides and ended any aspirations he had for a political career. The critical opinion of his poetry ranges from too much to exactly enough sentimentality. 
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