The Don’t Quit Poem has been used many times by persons claiming credit which was undeserved. The true author of this poem is unknown. As a student (or a mentor, for that matter) the message expressed by these words should move you to take full appreciation of the opportunities laid before you. Enjoy the original poem in its entirety:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road your 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 pressinfg you down a bit,

Rest, if you must, but don’t 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 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 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 so far,

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

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

— Author unknown

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