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You Must Not Quit!

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill;
winner 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 strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure 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.

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 so far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- author unknown -

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We All Create Our Own Future

I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening, When I counted my scanty store.

coins For Life is a just employer, He gives you whatever you ask,
But once you have set the wages, Then you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire, Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.

- from 'Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill' -

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Be the Best of Whatever You Are
by Douglas Malloch

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley-but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

plant If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail
Be the best of whatever you are!

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It Couldn't Be Done
by Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

plant There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do

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'Tis the Set of the Sails
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

But to every mind there openeth a way, and way, and a way,
A high soul climbs the highway,
And the low soul gropes the low;
And in between on the misty flats, the rest drift to and fro.

But to every man there openeth a high way and a low,
And every mind decideth the way his soul shall go.

One ship sails east and another west, by the self-same winds that blow,
ship 'Tis the set of the sails, and not the gales, that tells the way we go.

Like the winds of the sea are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
'Tis the set of the soul that determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife

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