Don’t Quit

I stumbled upon this poem while I was browsing through a poetry book at the public library of my home town.It was written by John Greenleaf Whittier, a 19th century American poet and an anti-slavery activist. During the times of struggle and pain, these kind of poetry can be a great boost to our morale and psyche.

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 all is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit

Success is failure turned inside out;

The silver tint on the clouds of doubt;

And you can never tell how close you are;

It may be near when it seems far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.”

John Greenleaf Whittier

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