Mar 29 2008

‘When the funds are low, and the debts are high’: A lovely poem


I was a cross-country and track runner in high school, and I memorized an inspirational poem called "Don’t Quit."

On those endless runs in the middle of nowhere, I would recite it over and over in my head.

When it was 95 degrees and there was not a breeze to be found along that corn-lined road in rural Indiana, that poem kept my thoughts cool.

When it was 4 degrees and 7 a.m. and I was competing in my first 5k, the poem kept me moving.

I’m not a runner anymore, but I was thinking about the poem again recently, and thought it might inspire those of us who are paying off debt or saving money.

Here’s a link to a sweet video version of the poem, and I’ve pasted the full text below. Hope you like it!

Don’t Quit — Author unknown

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 its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victors 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 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!

(Photo credit: Jacob Garcia)

13 Responses to “‘When the funds are low, and the debts are high’: A lovely poem”

  1. I so needed to read this!

  2. oh I’ve had this in my wallet since I was in freshman high school when my teacher gave it to me

  3. Hi, Kacie,
    Great poem! It reminds me of the great “Never give up” speech by Winston Churchill, and the Perserverane essay. I’m in a season where I need all the encouragement I can get. Thanks for the post!

  4. That’s a great little inspirational poem, I hadn’t read it before. Thanks! I think I needed that today. :)

  5. I really needed this poem, especially a few days ago. I think I will put it on my desktop so I will see it everyday. Thanks

  6. This is wonderful, thank-you for sharing it!

  7. this is also one of my favorites! Kept me going through my grueling college days! :D And more so today, everytime i needed a boost!

    Thanks for this great post!

  8. Beautiful~ I needed that!

  9. I love the poem, definitely needed it. :-)

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  11. “Don’t Quit” was written by by John Greenleaf Whittier, an American Quaker poet

  12. Thank you!

  13. My mama shared this poem when I was a kid and it stuck with me. I thought of sharing it with a friend. Thank you very much for posting it.

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