Don’t Quit Poem

Don' t Quit Poem(Photo: SantiMB)

Don’t 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.

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 had he 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 so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

This is one of my favorite motivational poems. Let me know what you think.

  • Theo From Personal Development Training

    What a great poem, really inspirational.

  • Neel

    Hi Jason, I remember this poem. It was 3 yrs back when I was waiting for my wife at the railway station, I saw one old lady selling posters of actors, actresses, nature and some quotations. Since, I had nothing to do, I was traversing through her collection. It was there, I found the poster with this poem written. It was the time of my life, when I was all down and was coping with my over-laden failures. I was moved with this poem “Don’t Quit” and bought it. I hung it in the back of my toilet door, since I know it was there I am all alone and no one will disturb. It is this place I feel calm and peaceful and a time to talk to me. I read this poem every time I visited the place and one day I felt rejuvenated and was confident again to fight back the failures of my life. Now, after a long time, when I was again in ups & downs in my life, I coincidentally visited your website and found this treasure again. I give my heartfelt thanks to you Jason to include this poem in your website. And I thank the person who had the great wisdom to write this great motivational poem but chose to be anonymous.


  • Jen

    Nice! I really also like the poem “If” and “Oh the places you’ll go” by Dr. Seuss as other inspirational poetry.