You must not quit.

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. 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.

~John Greenleaf Whittier

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  1. A cunning man sold his most used car because the car over the years got to know his personal secrets. He made a good deal, the selfish man now became habitual of changing cars as he felt on the go. Soon , he was tired and saw the quality of offers were not great, he then was reminded of his old car which did not want to go but he pushed away. He saw the car still with the same man he had sold and now realised he wanted it back, watever the deal takes.
    He never cared wat the car wants to because he felt he needs the car the most. But the car wanted to be on its own.. it had a diff goal. A cunning person typically.

  2. In the poem, You Must Not Quit, there are missing parts which appear below:
    “Life ia queer with its twist and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns. And many a faiure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out. Don’t give up the pace though it seems slow, since you may succeed with another blow.

    If you’ll find it appropriate, please complete the poem by adding the missing phrases as stated above. One other thing, the original author of the poem is the “Anonymous Author”. Thank you very much!

  3. Wow ! What a confirmation that I needed today ! It is so ironic that I’m distant related to John Greenleaf Whittier because he is related of Susannah North Martin who was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch trials. She was known to be a martyer of superstition.

  4. That’s interesting! This poem is published in a book I own called The Best Loved Poems of the American People. Published by Doubleday. Copyright 1936. One of my favorites! My sons band in Jackson Hole Wyoming put these words to music and they named their latest CD.. Best Loved Poems of the American People!! You can find their song on And the song title is Don’t Quit!! Check it out!!!

  5. Says William Arthur Ward, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.” The Anonymous also shared his views as he says, “If we fail our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we will have no today in which to be thankful.” Wilfred A. Peterson clarifies the issue as he says, “He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland.The wise man readily accepts failure as a part of life and holds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them.”

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