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    Donít Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

    This poem has meant so much to me. It has sustained me throughout my sobriety and my athletic endeavors. I wanted to share it and hope it will resonate with you...

    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
    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 strange with its twists and turns
    As every one of us sometimes learns
    And many a failure comes about
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don't give up though the pace seems slowó
    You may succeed with another blow.
    Success is failure turned inside outó
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell just how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hitó
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit

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    Re: Donít Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

    My dad quoted that poem to me many times as I was growing up, Techie. That, along with Invictus:

    Invictus
    William Ernest Henley - 1849-1903


    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.
    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.



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    Re: Donít Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

    Thank you, NS. You dad was special!

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    Re: Donít Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

    Yes, Techie, and best of all, he still is with us as a mostly healthy, active 87-year old full-time caregiver for our mom. Maybe the kind of thinking in those poems helps him. Plus, he is a crusader for the power of forgiveness.


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