Don’t Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

Aunt Wandas Pond

Listen!  Confucius speaks…….

You never know how close you are to your goals when you quit.  Keep striving for the goal!

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.


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Posted on April 24, 2014, in Wisdom and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Thank you this poem on a poster helped get me through university and many trials and troubles since!

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    • It is a great poem. Quitting is the easy way out with little to no reward. However perseverance and fortitude can open many doors if we continue to push forward in difficult times.


  2. Beautiful message!

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  3. Bravo Robin! I love the photo and the sentiment expressed. In trying times its easy to quit but quitting is never the answer. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the day.


  4. Happy Easter Robin. Have an enjoyable weekend.

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  5. Positive thoughts! And I love the pic 🙂

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  6. My friend Lily gave me this poem to hang in my cubicle at work years ago. It saved my life many times.


  7. I really needed this right now. Thank you. ❤ Blessings – Debbie

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