Don't Quit

Don't Quit no matter what!

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.

- by Author Unknown



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79 comments

sonia

4 days ago

Really love this poem.

sapna

2 weeks ago

Awsome poem!

Rob

2 months ago

that is not my uncle's name.

Don't Quit Author

2 months ago

Not Kevin; J. B. ; grandfather went by initials.

Rob

2 months ago

And my uncle (Kevin) wrote this poem. I have proof.

Nanook

2 months ago

We are all family in the eyes of the Lord.

Rob

2 months ago

Don't quit author, was your grandfather named Kevin? Kevin is my uncle's name.

Don't Quit Author

2 months ago

The poem was published in the Washington Daily News as being written by my grandfather, J. B. Johnson. A relative gave me an original clipping from the paper.

laurie

2 months ago

Uh, there'at least two differernt people who lay claim.as to a family member being the author. Clarification please.

Anonymous

2 months ago

By Helen Steiner Rice??

Dean

3 months ago

Nice poem I have one almost like it Example - When people pull you down as they often will. When the battle your fighting is all up hill. When the funds are low and the depts are high. When your laughing although you rather cry. Stop and take a deep breath and don't quit.

Magnar Kongestøl

3 months ago

Donna Johnson, please add me as your friend on FB ... :-)

Rob

3 months ago

My uncle wrote this poem. Only the words were a little different. But it is the same poem.

Donna Johnson

3 months ago

This poem was written by my grandfather, J. B. Johnson, Washington NC. I have somewhere the cut out from the newspaper when he first published it.

Yolanda

3 months ago

This is MY FAVORITE POEM

Thelma

4 months ago

This poem reminds me as a child of God, to never give up, cave in or quit. This is a race I'm running. I must run until the very end; I must run until I win.

Lisa

4 months ago

I remember this poem from awhile back..love it!!!

Vonda

4 months ago

I love this poem.

Barbara

4 months ago

15 years ago my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Confused & frightened I took a drive and walked into a Hallmark store and this framed poem was the first thing I saw. He has taken it with him everywhere we go, in & out of hospitals and he reads it everyday. There is power in this poem if you are in a valley & God knew that we needed his will to fight.

Spoon

4 months ago

Kevin, thank you for that. I was inspired and wrote this in response. I hope you appreciate it. (Poetry is fun!)

Hey thirsty puppy,
Do you wanna buy a plain grass road from me?
You could paint some lines on it…
You could paint some lines…

You could stick between those lines,
Because those lines are your friends.
People line up, never reach, "transcend,"
Never comprehend how to lend a helping hand.

Only overextend the stuff they recommend, like:
"You could paint some lines on it…
You could paint some lines…
You could."

mindy

4 months ago

I needed this

Kevin

4 months ago

Hi Spoon, thanks for your input. I do agree that the sentiment is a valuable one--my qualm is that the form the poet chooses causes the poem to lose energy. Although, I must say, the simplicity of the poem's thinking also leads to a bit of slackness IMO--I'd like to see more tension which might come from a more thoughtful consideration of the themes the poem takes up. Take a look at this poem by Robert Frost, which uses rhyming couplets to examine questions of theology and faith to much better effect to see what I mean:

I found a dimpled spider, fat and white,
On a white heal-all, holding up a moth
Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth --
Assorted characters of death and blight
Mixed ready to begin the morning right,
Like the ingredients of a witches' broth --
A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth,
And dead wings carried like a paper kite.

What had that flower to do with being white,
The wayside blue and innocent heal-all?
What brought the kindred spider to that height,
Then steered the white moth thither in the night?
What but design of darkness to appall?--
If design govern in a thing so small.

Spoon

4 months ago

Hi Kevin, I do not think you are appreciating the poem for what it truly means and represents. The devil is in the details, and I think you are scrutinizing them (and the devil). If you do not like this beautiful poem other than to view it through a scientist philosopher's lens -- ie not that of a believer or the spirit -- then u will of course not be able to see past that.

be well

Kevin

4 months ago

Thanks for responding so quickly, William Bond! It's always nice to meet another poetry aficionado. Wondering, however, if you wouldn't be willing to be a bit more specific about what formal qualities incite your adoration, and why? I myself, as noted, find the poem in general, and the rhyme scheme in particular, lacking in impact and motivation--but I'm open to hearing other opinions, of course. Could you give us a quick sketch of why you love the rhyme scheme--just a short account of what this particular formal choice adds to the poem for you?

Norm

4 months ago

GR 8 poem ! Wish I could have printed it to save for future inspiration.

William Bond

4 months ago

Love it!!!

Kevin

4 months ago

although i agree with the sentiment, formally the poem doesn't do very much for me. I find a lot of ready-made--that is to say, cliched--language in the poem, as well as a degree of abstraction muffles the poem's impact. I'm also confused about the choice to put the poem in four six line stanzas composed of three rhyming couplets following an aabbcc rhyme scheme -- what does this add to the poem? does it feel to others like an informed choice?

Desa Adolphus

4 months ago

Thank you ,Mr. Harvey.

Lolita mckoy

4 months ago

Thank you for all your daily, praise and worshiping! Your words of wisdom have truly touched many peoples life, you are a gift from God too let us know it does get better!

Jojo

4 months ago

My mom and dad gave this to me and I gave it to my son.

Sue Berry

4 months ago

This poem brought me great comfort after my husband (age 43) died of a massive heart attack and left me with 5 children and a business to run. I read it every day and by the grace of God I did not quit. Thanks to the author.

Claire

5 months ago

I never quit

Marcel Eluba

5 months ago

Great, strenghtening and rejuvenating!

ElaineHall

6 months ago

Very beautiful

Anonymous

6 months ago

Very comforting!

niquey

6 months ago

Encouragement at its finest

Lori

8 months ago

I'm learning this for school. It's amazing!!

you

8 months ago

I like this poem .

JP A

9 months ago

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
When 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 many of us sometimes learn
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out

So 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 struggle he 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 in 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 are hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you musn't quit

Ron Brown

9 months ago

Mr. Harvey, thank u for INSPIRING ME TO JUMP. HELPING ME TO UNDETSAND THE PAIN I AM FACED WITH TODAY IN MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN A COSMETOLOGIST SINCE 1983. In two days I will sign up for SPRING SEMESTER @ Lakeland Community College beginning may Education in Nursing. Looking forward to obtaining my MSN DEGREE. LOVE N RESPECT. GOD DID IT!!!!

Anonymous

9 months ago

This poem is amazing. Every child should read this when the going gets rough. Its great reading for everyone.Thank you for sharing .

miller

9 months ago

Lord Lord Lord!!! I knew as soon as I saw Steve Harvey post it was going to touch me in ways men never have felt! I almost gave up, but I have came to far to quit$!! Lord fix it!!!! I'm loving this poem. "baby thanks for sharing the wealth!!!" This poem is worth a lot to me. "See baby you don't appreciate until you become dependent; I'm learning while I'm earning!!

Motivational Speaker. T.L Mathabela

9 months ago

I think everyone should read this piece. Trully inspiring

gerri

10 months ago

This certainly is uplifting and very true.

clearfield job corps remember you

11 months ago

i know when i found this poem on the ground it gave me hope to push foward.

Sonya Nelson-Pierre

11 months ago

This is my favorite poem, when I read this poem it touched my very soul and pulled me out of some tough times. Absolutely love this poem!!!! My most deepest thanks to the author God Bless You

Coletta

11 months ago

I really like they motivation this poem has within it. It can be used in so many aspects of people lives.

Anonymous

12 months ago

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Anonymous

1 year ago

god is good all the time

Lincoln Evans

1 year ago

I just want to say thank you and GOD has blessed you.

cyntharika

1 year ago

My Mother was stricken with metastatic cancer in 1977 when she was in late 40's. I became her caregiver. We were told she could survive 3 mos at the most. This poem was her daily reminder along with the Bible. She lived for 3 years. Although mostly bedridden and frustrated because she couldn't do the things to take care of her home & family, she did not require the strong pain meds she was given. She was cheerful, smiling and optimistic. She never quit. When I discovered that she had taken a bad turn on Dec 23 ew called ambulance. I rode in the back of the ambulance with her there were Christmas lights & décor everywhere as the ambulance sped along. My Mother began singing Christmas Carols on the way to the hospital and I sang with her. She never quit. My Mom passed into the presence of our Lord the next day and spent Christmas with Jesus in heaven. This poem reminds me of her and to never stop and give up in my own life.

Mia

1 year ago

Having a hard time understanding what does this poem???
Btw it seems really great

Sylvia Molefe

1 year ago

It blessed me-taught me that in life we dont give up. Quitters are losers

Jessica

1 year ago

In a world filled with the power of God, there is absolutely no reason to give up on my beliefs. God will always carry me through, til the end of time. God Bless!

Barb

1 year ago

Never Say Quit is the actual title of this poem and it was written by William Murray Angus, born in Gamrie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland March 19, 1854 & he came to Canada to a homestead at 2-13-24 in the Hamiota Municipality in 1882, He Married Elizabeth Idnam, from Macduff, Scotland in 1885. They had one son and seven daughters. Uncle William took over the Logach Post office 1890 and was the postmaster until 1932. William Muray Angus died September 19, 1948. He was by grandfather's brother. It certainly would be nice to see him recognized as the author. I have a book on his poetry with all his poetry.

Sandi

1 year ago

I learned this poem as a child in elementary school and I have never forgotten it. The strength and encouragement it has brought me during troubled and discouraging situations throughout my life are immeasurable. I am extremely grateful to my teacher who had me memorize it.

REEBA

1 year ago

Its really awesome...can lift your spirits when you are totally low...would have changed my life if i had come across a long time back

Neha Sajid

2 years ago

I'm go to Mumbai you will come with me

TO Merin Vinsent

BY Neha Sajid

BONFACE WEKESA

2 years ago

Not to be afraid and tpset for God will save us

Richard A Deichler

2 years ago

I wrote this poem as a high school senior in 1966. After some prodding by by younger sister I sent it to Readers Digest, (without a copyright mark) to see if they would publish it. Igot a letter back saying that it was nice but that they only published things that had been published earlier and not new works. I forgot about it and was surprised to see it in print later, it was even used as a lead in for a Kragen auto parts comercial, ( just the first two lines). I surmised that the editor had kept iteither lost my contact info or didn't care and then sold it with other unpublished works that he or she had collected through the years. If you would like to know more about this and a couple of other poems I've written you can contact me at rdeichler@hotmail.com. Thanks

Hayden Lucas Becamesa

2 years ago

This is a good website and this website helped me with my school work because we are making a power point and me and my buddy chose this peom

Anonymous

2 years ago

Author appears to be Edgar Albert Guest

NGUinyourDREAMS

2 years ago

this was really inspiring...I Loved It.

Anonymous

2 years ago

It's okay by 😒😒

Gods4me

2 years ago

I first heard this poem while watching The Steve Harvey Show. What a powerful poem! It's inspirational and challenging at the same time.

Paul

2 years ago

Used this in many a sermon .. And still trying to use this concept everyday

Nightwalker52

2 years ago

Who is the author?!?!?!?!?!?!?

B E Johnson

2 years ago

I remembered this poes over 30 years ago at my 6th grade graduation the class recited and I will never forget Ms. Hayes. I did not know what it meant then, but I do know what it means now.

Anonymous

2 years ago

i like it

Anonymous

2 years ago

i like it mr unknown, its awsome poem.

Tristan Owens

2 years ago

I'm not quitting now I have came too far too turn back

Indransh Gupta

2 years ago

I like your article. It is very informative. Thank you so much for sharing such priceless information. Hats-off to the writer. Keep on posting such nice articles. Love to read you. Thank you so much.

anna

2 years ago

thet wose amaising

Paul Moran

2 years ago

I have used this in a sermon or two....lol

sharry

2 years ago

What chapter is this poem found in the bible

brian

3 years ago

This is our road to damascus explained.Its the crossroads and the turning point.From here is gods and mans favour as you have just been strenghthened by your father.Bless all.

Nida

3 years ago

I already knew this poem when I was till in highschool. 50 years ago, I struggle a lot, and this poem helps me a lot to make it through.

terry

3 years ago

he that shall endure unto the end , shall be saved

Paul

4 years ago

Yes this seems to be coming close to the bottom-line of the Christian walk, where things like faith and logic must bear sway, when feelings and circumstances seem to say the opposite. Where through the power of Christ, we choose to say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me", regardless of the pressing darkness. This is what builds character, and makes it easier to meet the same trial on another day. Press on my friends!

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