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 John Greenleaf Whittier
Debbie Fernandez 9 months ago - September 16, 2022 at 3:10 am
Loved this peom. Really needed to hear this at the time it was shared with me.
Peter 11 months ago - July 17, 2022 at 3:47 am
Carla Harris 1 year ago - April 30, 2022 at 1:51 pm
So many wonderful, inspirational poems. We just closed on a small frame home. Never Give Up reminded me not to. I would appreciate any of the poems in print. I will use them for daily inspiration. They will also be our decor, we've no money left to decorate. They will be shared with every guest too! God bless you all!
Jamie Carter 1 year ago - February 5, 2022 at 5:07 am
Hi. This blessed me so much, I would love a personal copy to read daily as encouragement.
Nelson 2 years ago - September 4, 2021 at 3:34 pm
Yes yes it is a very strong peom. It has just given me some new strength when I was so down and sorry for myself after loosing over three hundred and fifty chick's. The debts are definitely high and signs of making an income so distant. Thanks I'm really encouraged.
Shafon Stephens 2 years ago - August 16, 2021 at 8:52 am
I love this time because it is so inspirational. It gives you more hope for what you're doing and how she not to give up and keep on the straight road, that straight path because you will make it just don't look back.
Fr Pat Munroe 2 years ago - August 8, 2021 at 2:19 am
Could you please send me print of the poem Don’t Quit.
Carol 2 years ago - March 22, 2021 at 10:06 am
Carol 2 years ago - March 22, 2021 at 10:04 am
I WAS JUST RELAXING-BROUSING ON MY LAPTOP WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS POEM THAT I HAD FORGOTTEN THAT I MARKED ON MY LAPTOP. GREAT REMINDER FOR TIMES OF TROUBLE, DISCOURAGEMENT, OR JUST REFRESHING. THANKS A BUNCH!
Maronita 2 years ago - January 18, 2021 at 4:38 pm
It is highly suspect whether John Greenleaf Whittier actually wrote this poem. Edgar Guest was also credited with having written this same exact poem.
Peter clohessy 3 years ago - September 23, 2020 at 6:08 am
Lovely poem thanks
Tasha Sophia 3 years ago - August 27, 2020 at 11:56 pm
Thank you so much for this prayer poem! I really needed to hear these words today for its been a very long struggle but I am still going and visualising how I can change my circumstances. Sending you gratitude and to have a wonderful week and a life full of blessings. Thank you!
Lia 3 years ago - July 4, 2020 at 4:53 am
This us the first poem I remember learning as a child and it's always gotten me through difficult times ?
Jan 3 years ago - June 21, 2020 at 11:31 pm
This is what I need. Thank you so much.
Ava Woodfill 3 years ago - February 8, 2020 at 11:08 am
very encouraging and greatly needed today. Thank you
Joseph 3 years ago - January 10, 2020 at 11:31 pm
Thank you for these words of inspiration, it speaks volumes to me,I have been knocked down too many times in this life and it gets harder every time to get back up,but these words give me encouragement.
Shelia Mabie 4 years ago - October 13, 2019 at 12:06 am
Beautiful and encouraging!
Tasha 4 years ago - August 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm
Thank you so much for the beautiful poem, it is very re-assuring when we doubt ourselves. I don't know how I got here, but I am happy for the guidance. Thank you again!
Mary Kelly 4 years ago - August 19, 2019 at 1:23 am
This poem speaks to me. I will
reference it as I continue to use my voice for those who can't.
Ssali paul 4 years ago - May 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm
Its touched me when am down shall read
ezra ini 4 years ago - April 16, 2019 at 10:43 am
Even though I am Jewish a nun gave this poem about 40 years Ago. It touched me so much that I kept a copy.with the passing of my mom I can't say enough hown much it helps me cope with my loss and remembering my mom words to be strong. Rest in peace mom your loving son.
Mary M Cummings 4 years ago - April 10, 2019 at 7:52 am
I love this poem, its such an amazing and powerful story. Very motivational.
Tom Strickland 4 years ago - April 9, 2019 at 1:54 am
That is A beautiful poem
Julie 4 years ago - March 15, 2019 at 6:54 am
I love this poem. It's a great reminder and inspiration when I feel down?
Smokey Caine 4 years ago - February 6, 2019 at 4:32 am
Thanks, for making it possible to find this poem. I could only remember parts of it. My Grandfather told me this as a child. It's time to share with my grandkids
Doras 4 years ago - January 22, 2019 at 1:23 am
This poem have my name all over because many times I just wanted to gave up I was listing two the Steve Harvey Show he read this poem this touch my soul because I wanted to give up so many time thank you.
Nancy Roberts 4 years ago - January 8, 2019 at 12:19 pm
This is a beautiful way to show this poem. I have lost my original one
given to me years ago by someone I loved
How much would this cost?
David 4 years ago - December 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm
this poem is by Edgar A. Guest
Deborah 4 years ago - December 19, 2018 at 4:22 am
Read a my son's funeral to everyone. Suicide
Michael DeShazo 4 years ago - December 5, 2018 at 3:22 pm
I LOVE THIS GEM......I needed it many times in my life. Thank You Much
Nicole Chudy 5 years ago - October 22, 2018 at 4:39 am
Very inspiring work Nick
Melvin Bendicio 5 years ago - September 13, 2018 at 4:42 pm
Thanks for the great poem: Don't Quit! Hope I can be able to print copy of it. Many Thanks and God bless!
Doug Lewis 5 years ago - September 4, 2018 at 6:29 am
I sorry to know that you're going through such a hard time Nick...hang in there my friend and seek counseling if you can. God loves you and he WILL strengthen you through your struggles. Let's encourage Nick everyone.
julia 5 years ago - August 21, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Llove it.It is so true .so beautiful.
Abhishek 5 years ago - July 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm
be happy and always believe on yourself
Dave D 5 years ago - July 30, 2018 at 8:32 pm
This poem is very special to me. My wife was battling breast and cancer. Treatments were always on the same days, and she made friends with some of the other ladies who received their treatment on those same days. They gotten very close. One who was very dear to my wife had lost her battle and nobody knew. She hadnt been their for two weeks and my wife was worried. Her husband showed up instead, and passed out these bookmarks that had this poem. They also had a pack of seeds that you plant in remembrance. Every year those come up where me and my wife sat in our swing evenings. It warms my heart. Missing my brown eyed girl, and her dear friend Liz
Arnis 5 years ago - July 30, 2018 at 7:44 am
My Grandmother gave my Dad this prayer when we were kids. He kept it on his dresser and still does. We are all grandparents now.
Nicole Dandridge 5 years ago - June 23, 2018 at 3:27 am
I was terribly injured by a forklift just as I was returning to school for my MS Chemistry and an excellent position w/chemical co. I wanted to end my life but I just couldn't do it. Then I see this poem like it was meant for me! Things are so bleak in my life right now and this poem gave me the strength w/Gods help as well to NOT give up up.
Gail Hamilton 5 years ago - June 9, 2018 at 9:23 am
Our Father through His Precious Holy Spirit led me to this poem. I was thinking/asking what should be shared on DAILY BIBLE READING CORNER? So, I put "Don't give up, cave in or quit for The Lord Your God has your back" in the google search field. It led me to several links. I looked at the first two and saw your poem and clicked on it. The rest is history! :D I'll be sharing your poem on my page on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WordPress, Google+, my cousin who is in prison and through email. Thanks for hearing and obeying our Father to share this poem of encouragement. :D
Cynthia flagg 5 years ago - June 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm
Great poem shared it at my retirement party celebration
Bob Boyer 5 years ago - May 6, 2018 at 7:15 am
My sister who passed a couple years ago gave me a wallet card with this poem on it. I've struggled with depression as long as I can remember and I've read this poem a million times.
One of my favorites.
Addie Asbury 5 years ago - April 29, 2018 at 12:20 am
I have had a copy for years but now know a young man (18) who is having
a struggle with life
Robyn 5 years ago - April 10, 2018 at 9:35 am
Over 25 years ago, my ex-wife husband and I joined Amway. This poem was on the back of an info brochure they had. I went on to lose a baby and suffered great tragedy around that. I'm now writing a book about it. To encourage others, with a healing message. This poem came to mind today. Recovery is work. Giving up is the easy option. To those in recovery from ' whatever's, may God's grace and his loving hand guide you. Thanks to the author for this incredibly meaningful poem which in itself, is Ministry. God Bless
Zjivila 5 years ago - March 9, 2018 at 11:42 pm
Please credit the writer - His name is
"John Greenleaf Whittier."
I know it's not always easy to find out who wrote things, but as a writer myself, I am conscious of how important to is to the author/poet. Hope you don't mind me sharing that. Nice website. :)
Tess 5 years ago - February 25, 2018 at 5:00 am
Needed to share this with a support group of Mother's who have children with disabilities.
It so hard for so many, especially single parents.
Thanks for making this easy to find via Google
andrea Williams 5 years ago - February 21, 2018 at 8:44 am
Angela king 5 years ago - February 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm
Love this poem.
Nevaeh 5 years ago - January 24, 2018 at 11:50 am
This poem is really special and it mean something to me it’s touchi
Flo 5 years ago - January 15, 2018 at 11:13 am
I really love this Poem and am wondering where it originated? I would be most appreciative if you could share this information. Thank You, Flo
Henrietta 5 years ago - January 15, 2018 at 5:16 am
Very inspiring. Someone shated this poem with me.