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 tough with its twists and and turns,
As everyone 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 cloud of doubt,
You can never tell how close you are;
I 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!
– Author Unknown