Edgar Albert Guest

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

Don'T Quit

Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

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 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 everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow 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 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 came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out - the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when 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, you must not quit.

Topic(s) of this poem: inspiration


Comments about Don'T Quit by Edgar Albert Guest

  • Emma T (7/31/2020 5:28:00 AM)

    So relevant for the current pandemic providing inspiration for 2020 that we will get through this.(Report)Reply

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  • Emma. J (5/1/2020 1:17:00 PM)

    That you can work at your own pace, you can press pause and enjoy more moments more freedom to pursue what you want and not just be a hamster in a wheel(Report)Reply

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  • Barbara blake (10/28/2019 6:43:00 AM)

    Too true but very hard when u feel you've not had anyone caring about you!(Report)Reply

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  • Marvin TordillosMarvin Tordillos (5/9/2017 12:09:00 AM)

    A very inspiring poem, it uplifts your spirit.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015