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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1358
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
… When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must—but don’t you quit.
… 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.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown, “Don’t Quit.”—Hazel Felleman, The Best Loved Poems of the American People, pp. 113–14 (1936, reprinted 1957).
SUBJECTS: Perseverance