Motivational Monday ~ Don’t Quit

30 Jul

My Dad and Me at a Father-Daughter Dance in High School

My dad gave me this poem in high school. He used to have it taped to his refrigerator in his office. I now have it tucked into the frame of my author-agent contract. 🙂

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 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 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 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.



Have you ever struggled with something, only to stick with it a little longer and then find great success? I’d love to hear about it.


Alison Stone



5 Responses to “Motivational Monday ~ Don’t Quit”

  1. Jane Myers Perrine July 30, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Thanks. I need this. All I want to do is watch Olympics and I have a book to write!!!!

    • Alison Stone July 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      Glad it inspired you. I love the poem especially because my dad gave it to me. He owned a furniture store and business was tough. I’m sure it kept him going, too.

  2. Cheyenne Campbell July 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Great post, and photo! I enjoyed reading it, particularly as I’m hoping success for several things isn’t as far off as it seems at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alison Stone July 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks, Cheyenne. I hope success is just around the corner!


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