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 have to, but don’t you quit!

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
as every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seem slow,
You might 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 came 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 can never tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're the hardest hit -
It's when things go wrong that you must not quit.

Author Unknown

changed January 7, 2008