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  Quotations - Persist  
[Quote No.53005] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the 'thrill of the chase' and the enjoyment of challenge and striving]

'The Ship That Sails'

I’d rather be the ship that sails
And rides the billows wild and free;
Than to be the ship that always fails
To leave its port and go to sea.

I’d rather feel the sting of strife,
Where gales are born and tempests roar;
Than to settle down to useless life
And rot in dry dock on the shore.

I’d rather fight some mighty wave
With honor in supreme command;
And fill at last a well-earned grave,
Than die in ease upon the sand.

I’d rather drive where sea storms blow,
And be the ship that always failed
To make the ports where it would go,
Than be the ship that never sailed.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53032] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the value of hoping and expecting the future to get better]

'Faith for Tomorrow'

'Tomorrow, friend, will be another day,'
A seer wise of old was wont to say
To him who came at eventide, in grief,
Because the day had borne no fruitful sheaf.

O Lord of Life, that each of us might learn
From vain todays and yesterdays to turn,
To face the future with a hope newborn
That what we hope for cometh with the morn!

" - Thomas Curtis Clark
Early twentieth century American modernist poet who lived in Chicago before and after the start of the 1900's. [refer https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/literarynetworks/files/2014/01/MLAClarkLongSo.pdf ]
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[Quote No.53035] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persisting through all problems, challenges, etc., like the old saying; 'What cannot be cured, must be endured' - and the best made of the situation.]

'Endurance'

How much the heart may bear, and yet not break!
How much the flesh may suffer, and not die!
I question much if any pain or ache
Of soul or body brings our end more nigh:
Death chooses his own time; till that is sworn,
All evils may be borne.

We shrink and shudder at the surgeon's knife,
Each nerve recoiling from the cruel steel
Whose edge seems searching for the quivering life;
Yet to our sense the bitter pangs reveal,
That still, although the trembling flesh be torn,
This also can be borne.

We see a sorrow rising in our way,
And try to flee from the approaching ill;
We seek some small escape: we weep and pray;
But when the blow falls, then our hearts are still;
Not that the pain is of its sharpness shorn,
But that it can be borne.

We wind our life about another life;
We hold it closer, dearer than our own:
Anon it faints and fails in deathly strife,
Leaving us stunned and stricken and alone;
But ah! we do not die with those we mourn,
This also can be borne.

Behold, we live through all things, - famine, thirst,
Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body, - but we can not die.
Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,
Lo, all things can be borne!

" - Elizabeth Akers Allen

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[Quote No.53054] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about the value of 'negative-bad' as well as 'positive-good' experiences for there are advantages in adversities, blessings in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc. For example; we learn patience; we learn to be grateful for the good things without taking them for granted and; we also learn to relate and be compassionate to those who are suffering.]

'The Joy of Incompleteness'

If all our life were one broad glare
Of sunlight clear, unclouded:
If all our path were smooth and fair,
By no soft gloom enshrouded;
If all life's flowers were fully blown
Without the sweet unfolding,
And happiness were rudely thrown
On hands too weak for holding --
Should we not miss the twilight hours,
The gentle haze and sadness?
Should we not long for storms and showers
To break the constant gladness?

If none were sick and none were sad,
What service could we render?
I think if we were always glad
We scarcely could be tender.
Did our beloved never need
Our patient ministration,
Earth would grow cold and miss indeed
Its sweetest consolation:
If sorrow never claimed our heart
And every wish were granted
Patience would die, and hope depart --
Life would be disenchanted.

" - Albert Crowell

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[Quote No.53068] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:-]

'Thinking' (version 2 - for women as well as men)

If you think you’re beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost for sure, you won’t.

If you think you’re losing, you’ve lost.
For out in the world we find –
Success begins with a person’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You have to stay with it,
In order to win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go,
To the one with the better plan.
For more often than not, you will win,
If only you think you can.

" - Unknown
Originally written by W.D. Wintle and published in 'The world’s best-loved poems', Lawson JG, editor, Harper & Row; New York, NY: 1927, with the last three lines being different Life’s battles don’t always go, To the stronger or faster man; But sooner or later the man who wins, Is the man who thinks he can!
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[Quote No.53074] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persisting, not being discouraged and realising you can only be defeated by quitting.]

'The Unsubdued'

I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,
To the will I have added the deed;
The best that was in me I've given,
I have prayed, but the gods would not heed.

I have dared and reached only disaster,
I have battled and broken my lance;
I am bruised by a pitiless master
That the weak and the timid call Chance.

I am old, I am bent, I am cheated
Of all that Youth urged me to win;
But name me not with the defeated,
For tomorrow - again, I begin.

" - S. E. Kiser
(1862-1942) Samuel Ellsworth Kiser, Chicago newspaper writer, author and poet.
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[Quote No.53075] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persisting through difficulties. If life were all easy, we should degenerate into weaklings - into human mush. It is the fighting spirit that makes us strong. Nor do any of us lack for a chance to exercise this spirit. Struggle is everywhere.]

'The Fighter'

I fight a battle every day
Against discouragement and fear;
Some foe stands always in my way,
The path ahead is never clear!
I must forever be on guard
Against the doubts that skulk along;
I get ahead by fighting hard,
But fighting keeps my spirit strong.

I hear the croakings of Despair,
The dark predictions of the weak;
I find myself pursued by Care,
No matter what the end I seek;
My victories are small and few,
It matters not how hard I strive;
Each day the fight begins anew,
But fighting keeps my hopes alive.

My dreams are spoiled by circumstance,
My plans are wrecked by Fate or Luck;
Some hour, perhaps, will bring my chance,
But that great hour has never struck;
My progress has been slow and hard,
I've had to climb and crawl and swim,
Fighting for every stubborn yard,
But I have kept in fighting trim.

I have to fight my doubts away,
And be on guard against my fears;
The feeble croaking of Dismay
Has been familiar through the years;
My dearest plans keep going wrong,
Events combine to thwart my will,
But fighting keeps my spirit strong,
And I am undefeated still!

" - S. E. Kiser
(1862-1942) Samuel Ellsworth Kiser, Chicago newspaper writer, author and poet.
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[Quote No.53080] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and valuing them for their guidance and eventual self-improvement if we persist.]

'Life'

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.

...

Some souls there are that needs must taste
Of wrong, ere choosing right;
We should not call those years a waste
Which led us to the light.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.53093] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'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 mustn’t quit.

" - Unknown
This is often attributed to the poet, Edgar Albert Guest, (1881 - 1959).
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[Quote No.53106] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persistence]

'Keep A-Goin'!'

If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a-goin'!
If it hails, or if it snows,
Keep a-goin!
'Taint no use to sit an' whine,
When the fish ain't on yer line;
Bait yer hook an' keep a-tryin' -
Keep a-goin'!

When the weather kills yer crop,
Keep a-goin'!
When you tumble from the top,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out of every dime,
Bein' so ain't any crime;
Tell the world you're feelin' prime -
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like sighin' sing -
Keep a-goin'!

" - Frank Lebby Stanton
(1857 – 1927), frequently credited as Frank L. Stanton, Frank Stanton or F. L. Stanton, was an American lyricist. He was also the initial columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and became the first poet laureate of the State of Georgia, a post to which he was appointed by Governor Clifford Walker in 1925 and which Stanton held until his death.
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[Quote No.53116] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about blessings from burdens, namely the benefits of wisdom and personal growth from learning what really works or doesn't in the real laboratory of life, as persistently try ways to endure and overcome the obstacles to our dream, goal, desire, etc]

'Good Timber'

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
That stood out in the open plain
And always got it's share of rain,
Never became a forest king,
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To heaven from the common soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man,
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow in ease;
The stronger wind, the tougher trees;
The farther sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength;

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,
In tree or man, good timber grows.
Where thickest stands the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both;
And they hold converse with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife --
This is the common law of life.

" - Douglas Malloch
(1877 – 1938) American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago.
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[Quote No.53193] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about how, regardless of the eventual outcome, there is great honor in having the ambition, courage, determination and patience to persistently struggle against difficulties and defeats when it would be easier and more enjoyable to just give up.]

'For Those Who Fail'

'All honor to him who shall win the prize,'
The world has cried for a thousand years;
But to him who tries and who fails and dies,
I give great honor and glory and tears.

O great is the hero who wins a name,
But greater many and many a time,
Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame,
And lets God finish the thought sublime.

And great is the man with a sword undrawn,
And good is the man who refrains from wine;
But the man who fails and yet fights on,
Lo! he is the twin-born brother of mine!

" - Joaquin Miller
(1837 – 1913), Joaquin Miller is the pen name of Cincinnatus Heine Miller' who was a colorful American poet and frontiersman. He is nicknamed the 'Poet of the Sierras' after the 'Sierra Nevada', about which he wrote in his 'Songs of the Sierras' (1871).
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[Quote No.53200] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about creating a delay and a distraction between an annoyance and our angry reaction in order to regain desired focus, self-control, self-discipline and calm, thoughtful choice to find a peaceful, wise reaction. Perhaps think of ten of your favourite things you like from the need areas or two from each of the senses, etc]

'Count Ten'

What shall we count to cool our angry pride?
Ten chilly digits standing in a line?
Oh, wiser far to count ten circling stars
That lean upon blue space: they will decline
To lend themselves to bitterness or pain.
Or we might count ten muted leaves that fall
Bearing a freight of somber autumn rain -
Ten leaves that fall, one here, one distantly,
In leisurely submission to the ground.
Or ten flecked pebbles lying in a pool
So hushed by dawn that the air holds no sound
Of water-motion. Or count ten mortal men
Who have come forth by the red gate of birth
To meet the wind . . . to learn the tang of laughter . . .
To wonder . . . and return into the earth.
For having counted, slowly we can lift
Our eyes to look on him who has offended,
Saying, 'How large and strange this life we live . . .
Was I enraged with you? . . . Well, that is ended . . .'

" - Bonaro W. Overstreet
(circa 1903 - 1985), Bonaro Wilkinson Overstreet, American author, poet and psychologist. For more than three decades, Mrs. Overstreet and her husband, Harry A. Overstreet, lectured widely on adult education, mental health, social psychology and political philosophy. Outspoken defenders of civil liberties and academic freedom, they co-wrote many books, including 'The Mind Alive,' and 'Leaders for Adult Education,'. Mrs. Overstreet, wrote several volumes of poetry, and wrote such inspirational books as 'Courage for Crisis' and 'How to Stay Alive All of Your Life.' [refer http://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/11/arts/bonaro-w-overstreet-author-is-dead-at-82.html ]
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[Quote No.53209] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about dreams, persistence and hope]

'The Dreams Ahead'

What would we do in this world of ours
Were it not for the dreams ahead?
For thorns are mixed with the blooming flowers
No matter which path we tread.

And each of us has his golden goal,
Stretching far into the years;
And ever he climbs with a hopeful soul,
With alternate smiles and tears.

That dream ahead is what holds him up
Through the storms of a ceaseless fight;
When his lips are pressed to the wormwood's cup
And clouds shut out the light.

To some it's a dream of high estate;
To some it's a dream of wealth;
To some it's a dream of a truce with Fate
In a constant search for health.

To some it's a dream of home and wife;
To some it's a crown above;
The dreams ahead are what make each life -
The dreams - and faith - and love!

" - Edwin Carlile Litsey
(1874-1970), American poet and writer. In 1954 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Kentucky.
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[Quote No.53224] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about the benefits of finding enjoyment - for example initiative, motivation and persistence - in what you have to do as well as what you do to relax]

'Discovery'

I wished to shirk my task one day:
I much preferred some pleasant play.
But when the work I'd once begun,
'Twas full of interest, joy and fun.

The dust removed from off my books
Brought happy thoughts and cheerful looks.
Weeds, in the garden, put to rout,
Made beauty blossom round about.

Why use my time and strength and skill
In hard-wrought play, to serve me ill?
Why from sure pleasure should I shirk,
Since there is play in pleasant work?

" - Benjamin Keech

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[Quote No.53243] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persisting past mistakes and focusing on using all that you now know to make the future even brighter and better]

'Look Forward'

What a mess I made of things!
That was yesterday.
Yesterday has taken wings -
Hide mistakes away.

Things I did can't be undone.
Silly then to sorrow.
Better is the task begun
on a bright new morrow.

If I hadn't acted thus!
Silence, puling heart.
Useless now to fume and fuss,
make a brand new start.

All the energy that goes
into senseless fretting
Would rebuild, if you so chose,
your plan in some new setting.

What a blow! Fate is unkind.
Grit your teeth, don't murmur.
Smile as if you didn't mind,
stand a little firmer.

Here is solace for your grief,
nothing's done beyond recall.
Smudged a page? Well, turn a leaf.
Begin again. That's all.

Failed to-day? To-day is past.
To-morrow's peeping round the door.
Never doubt you'll win at last.
That is what to-morrow's for.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ] [puling=verb-crying querulously or weakly]
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[Quote No.53245] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persisting and being ever hopeful and fearless]

'Diminishing Evils'

How high those hills, how far away.
Menacing hills at break of day.
Friend, keep going;
there's no knowing
when you will come to the end of the way.

Be not alarmed, fear not at all;
at the foot of the slope the hill looks small.
Journey along,
hearty and strong,
the summit is reached e'er the shadows fall.

How great those ills, grim foes they seem.
Swift and swollen life's angry stream.
Friend, keep going,
there's no knowing
when troubles will vanish as if in a dream.

Be not alarmed, have no fear;
the further away the worse they appear.
Journey along,
hearty and strong;
troubles are bubbles when Courage is near.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53260] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about turning negatives into positives by learning what can from mistakes and reinvesting that learning persistently - therefore becoming wiser and more skilled and even grateful for the mistakes as you anticipate your on-going personal growth and even greater future successes and the satisfactions that those will bring]

'The Mistake'

Why gaze so long at that mistake?
Last night it kept you wide awake,
and still you fret for its dull sake.

Don't mope about it, foolish one.
Still may you walk beneath the sun,
the race of life may yet be won.

A mere mistake and that is all.
A stumble and a moment's fall.
Don't let this little ailment gall.

Far better cry, 'Mistake! come here.'
Into its face then bravely peer,
but do not waste one sigh or tear.

A lesson, nothing more or less,
to help you win your happiness.
Then why such sharp and deep distress?

'Tis past, 'tis over, deem it dead;
accept the lesson, look ahead.
No wan regrets, fresh hope instead.

A mere mistake, be not downcast,
Wisdom you've gained; then hold it fast.
Look straight ahead, forget the past.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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[Quote No.53299] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persistence and good sportsmanship]

'A Sportsman's Prayer'

...

Let this be my epitaph.

Here lies one who took his chances
In life's busy world of men;
Battled fate and circumstances,
Fought and fell and fought again.
Won sometimes, but did no crowing,
Lost sometimes, but didn't wail,
Took his beating, but kept going
Never let his courage fail.

...

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53305] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[The following insight about the values of negatives in our lives has huge ramifications in all need-areas of life, but especially - learning, persisting(!), evolving, gratitude, satisfaction, anticipation:] A problem, believe it or not, is always great news at least in that it motivates you to face and solve that problem – in the same way that as expressed in the saying, ‘Need is the mother of invention (as in creativity in scientific and cultural evolution)’. In facing that problem you develop empathy and compassion for other sufferers of that problem and sufferers of problems in general. That improves your human understanding and that in turn improves your imaginative empathy with others and from that you improve your ability to apply love’s ‘Golden Rule’ of treating others in the way you imagine you would want to be treated in that same situation. Also in facing and trying to solve that problem you will need to examine it carefully and try many possible solutions. Whether they work or not you will learn and grow in experience and wisdom. That then becomes another huge benefit of the problem." - Ben O'Grady
Founder and CEO of imagi-natives.com
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[Quote No.53332] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[There is] Nothing beautiful without struggle!" - Plato
Famous Greek philosopher. Quote from his book, 'The Republic'.
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[Quote No.53357] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the value of staying in control of your imagination and therefore your thoughts and emotions so you don't get angry and upset and then act and speak irrationally or impetuously.]

'Keep Your Temper'

It never did, and never will,
Put things in better fashion,
Though rough the road, and steep the bill,
To fly into a passion.

And never yet did fume or fret
Mend any broken bubble;
The direst evil, bravely met,
Is but a conquered trouble.

Our trials -- did we only know --
Are often what we make them;
And molehills into mountains grow,
Just by the way we take them.

Who keeps his temper, calm and cool,
Will find his wits in season;
But rage is weak, a foaming fool,
With neither strength nor reason.

And if a thing be hard to bear
When nerve and brain are steady,
If fiery passions rave and tear,
It finds us maimed already.

Who yields to anger conquered lies --
A captive none can pity;
Who rules his spirit, greater is
Than he who takes a city.

A hero he, though drums are mute,
And no gay banners flaunted;
He treads his passions under foot,
And meets the world undaunted.

Oh, then, to bravely do our best,
Howe'er the winds are blowing;
And meekly leave to God tine rest,
Is wisdom worth the knowing!

" - Ellen P. Allerton
(1835 – 1893), American poet whose inspiration probably came from her life on farms in rural New York, Wisconsin, and Kansas.
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[Quote No.53382] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about being patient - which is the 'sister' of persistence. If you have done or are doing what is reasonable to do to achieve what you desire so the wheels are in motion then best thing to do is not to stress over the outcome. In fact if you can think or do other things the time will pass faster and you'll be happier. Of course this is not an excuse to be lazy and do less than rational, which is why I have removed the second verse.]

'Waiting'

Serene, I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, or tide, or sea;
I rave no more ’gainst time or fate,
For, lo! my own shall come to me.

...

Asleep, awake, by night or day,
The friends I seek are seeking me;
No wind can drive my bark astray,
Nor change the tide of destiny.

What matter if I stand alone?
I wait with joy the coming years;
My heart shall reap where it has sown,
And garner up its fruit of tears.

The waters know their own and draw
The brook that springs in yonder height;
So flows the good with equal law
Unto the soul of pure delight.

The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high,
Can keep my own away from me.

" - John Burroughs
(1837 – 1921) American naturalist and nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement.
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[Quote No.53434] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persistence and hope]

'Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth'

Say not the struggle naught availeth,
The labor and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
Seem here, no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward, look, the land is bright.

" - Arthur Hugh Clough
(1819 – 1861) English poet, an educationalist, and the devoted assistant to ground-breaking nurse Florence Nightingale. He was the brother of suffragist Anne Clough, who became principal of Newnham College, Cambridge.
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[Quote No.53449] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the fear of death, worry and pessimism. It also demonstrates the captain misusing the ideas of focus, persistence and comparison to create negatives and so make himself and others unhappy rather than the way that the first mate uses them to create positives and make himself and others happy.]

'The Worried Skipper'

’I hates to think of dyin',’ says the skipper to the mate;
‘Starvation, shipwrecks, heart disease, I loathe to contemplate.
I hates to think of vanities And all the crimes they lead to.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
With looks sedate,
‘Ye doesn't really need to.’

‘It fills me breast with sorrer,’ says the skipper with a sigh,
‘To conjer up the happy days what careless has slipped by.
I hates to contemplate the day I ups and left me Mary.’
‘Then,’ says the mate,
‘Why contemplate,
If it ain't necessary?’

‘Suppose that this here vessel,’ says the skipper with a groan,
‘Should lose 'er bearin's, run away, and hump upon a stone.
Suppose she'd shiver and go down, when save ourselves we couldn't.’
The mate replies,
‘Oh, blow me eyes!
Suppose ag'in, she shouldn't?’

‘The chances is agin' us,’ says the skipper in dismay;
‘If fate don't kill us out and out, it gits us all some day.
So many perish of old age, the death rate must be fearful.’
‘Well,’ says the mate
‘At any rate,
we might as well die cheerful.’

‘I read in them statistic books,’ the nervous skipper cries,
‘That every minute by the clock some feller up and dies;
I wonder what disease they gits that kills in such a hurry.’
The mate he winks
and says ‘I thinks
they mostly dies of worry.’

‘Of certain things,’ the skipper sighs, ‘me conscience won't be rid,
And all the wicked things I done I sure should not have did.
The wrinkles on me inmost soul compel me oft to shiver.’
‘Yer soul's first rate,’
Observes the mate,
‘The trouble's with yer liver.’

" - Wallace Irwin
(1875 – 1959) American writer.
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[Quote No.53496] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the nobility of those who can bring themselves to persist past failure and continue towards reaching their dreams]

'To The Men Who Lose'

Here's to the men who lose!
What though their work be e'er so nobly planned,
And watched with zealous care,
No glorious halo crowns their efforts grand;
Contempt is failure's share.

Here's to the men who lose!
If triumph's easy smile our struggles greet,
Courage is easy then;
The king is he who, after fierce defeat,
Can up and fight again.

Here's to the men who lose!
The ready plaudits of a fawning world
Ring sweet in victor's ears;
The vanquished's banners never are unfurled;
For them sound no cheers.

Here's to the men who lose!
The touchstone of true worth is not success;
There is a higher test --
Though fate may darkly frown, onward to press,
And bravely do one's best.

Here's to the men who lose!
It is the vanquished's praises that I sing,
And this is the toast I choose:
'A hard-fought failure is a noble thing!
Here's to the men who lose.'

" - George L. Scarborough
(1861 - 1926), American poet. This poem is sometimes called, 'To the Vanquished'. This poem shares themes with another more famous poem called 'Invictus' by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).
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[Quote No.53540] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persistence]

'Quit Your Quittin'!'

It ain't the failures he may meet
That keeps a man from winnin',
It's the discouragement complete
That blocks a new beginnin';
You want to quit your habits bad;
And, when the shadows flittin'
Make life seem worthless an' sad,
You want to quit your quittin'!

You want to quit a-layin' down
An' sayin hope is over,
Because the fields are bare an' brown
Where once we lived in clover.
When jolted from the water-cart,
It's painful to be hittin'
The earth; but make another start.
Cheer up, an' quit your quittin'!

Although the game seems rather stiff,
Don't be a doleful doubter;
There's always one more innin' if
You're not a down-and-outer.
But fortune's pretty sure to flee
From folks content with sittin'
Around an' sayin' life's N. G. --
You've got to quit your quittin'.

" - Unknown
[life's N. G. = Life's Not Good]
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[Quote No.53543] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about persistence]

'Don't Give Up'

If you've tried and have not won,
Never stop for crying;
All's that's great and good is done
Just by patient trying.

Though young birds, in flying, fall,
Still their wings grow stronger;
And the next time they can keep
Up a little longer.

Though the sturdy oak has known
Many a blast that bowed her,
She has risen again, and grown
Loftier and prouder.

If by easy work you beat,
Who the more will prize you?
Gaining victory from defeat, -
That's the test that tries you!

" - Phoebe Cary
(1824 – 1871) American poet, and the younger sister of poet Alice Cary (1820–1871).
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[Quote No.53578] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Self-Talk of Persistence and Perseverance: Being persistent is the number one pattern that will enable you to create success in your life. When you persist and persevere until you reach your goal, you can accomplish so much more than if you give up when you are bored or when challenges arise. One thing is true of everyone who has reached large goals. They all persisted until they succeeded. Many people start worthy projects, but they give up before they reach the goal that they set for themselves. Self-talk is the source of someone's ability or failure to persist and persevere. What is the self-talk of persistence? 'I'll keep on going as long as it takes. What I'm working on is worth the investment of time and energy.' 'As I build up the habit of persisting, I can accomplish many more things in my life. So it's not only the present project that I will be completing. Finishing this project will help me achieve in more and more ways.' 'I feel great about being persistent. I am building my entire character in the process.' 'I see the goal that I am striving for. I am enjoying every step along the way.' Always learn from your past successes. Think of instances when you persisted and were later glad that you did. What did you tell yourself to enable yourself to persist? Tell yourself similar things when you want to persist in the future." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', pp.166-8.
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[Quote No.53606] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"This is exactly the message that fairy tales get across to the child in manifold form: that a struggle against severe difficulties in life is unavoidable, is an intrinsic part of human existence - but that if one does not shy away, but steadfastly meets unexpected and often unjust hardships, one masters all obstacles and at the end emerges victorious." - Brun o Bettelheim
(1903-1990) Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. Source: in his book ‘The Uses of Enchantment, The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.’
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[Quote No.53628] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of [persistent] earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. [They want the object for no cost - when all but children know that 'there are no free lunches in life'!]" - Frederick Douglass
(1818-1895), [Frederick Baily] escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era. Source: Frederick Douglass, in an address on West India Emancipation (4 August 1857).
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[Quote No.53632] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"A winner is a dreamer who never gives up." - Nelson Mandela

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[Quote No.53636] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Defeat is simply a signal to press onward." - Helen Keller

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[Quote No.53637] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"If I persist long enough I will win." - Og Mandino

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[Quote No.53647] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Having harvested all the knowledge and wisdom we can from our mistakes and failures, we should put them behind us and go ahead, for vain regretting interferes with the flow of power into our own personalities!" - Edith Johnson

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[Quote No.53662] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The man [or woman] with the average mentality, but with control [focus], with a definite goal [imagined vividly], and a clear conception [plan] of how it can be gained, and above all, with the power of application and labor [persistence], wins in the end." - William Howard Taft

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[Quote No.53667] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"...I have always believed that the successful man has the hardest battle with himself rather than with the other fellow. To [focus and] bring one's self to a frame of mind and to the proper energy to accomplish things that require plain hard work continuously [and persistently] is the one big battle that everyone has. When this battle is won for all time, then everything is easy." - Thomas Buckner

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[Quote No.53676] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Successful salesmen, authors, executives and workmen of every sort need patience. The great liability of youth is not inexperience but impatience." - William Feather

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[Quote No.53677] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Patience is bitter, but its fruits are sweet." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

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[Quote No.53678] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Have patience with all things..." - Saint Francis de Sales

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[Quote No.53683] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. " - Abraham Lincoln
(1809 - 1865)
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[Quote No.53688] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open." - Arnold H. Glasow
(1905 - 1998)
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[Quote No.53704] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Luck is not chance, it's toil [Labor Using Correct Knowledge]; fortune's expensive smile is earned." - Emily Dickinson
(1830 - 1886)
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[Quote No.53714] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes [- solve them and gain wisdom, personal growth and the power to move forward]." - Henry J. Kaiser

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[Quote No.53716] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude [which depends on what you are comparing it to - something better and you will feel bad and bitter - and the work will be drudgery, something worse and you will feel good and grateful - and the work will be fun]. I like fun!" - Colleen Barrett

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[Quote No.53759] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Every day in every way I am learning and getting better!!" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.53861] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"One question is always relevant: How can I use this to [learn, persist and] move forward?" - Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
Rebbetzin (Yiddish) or Rabbanit (Hebrew) is the title used for the wife of a rabbi, typically from the Orthodox, or Haredi, and Hasidic Jewish groups.
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[Quote No.53882] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do, and that often means living outside the limits of one's comfort zone." - Jeff Olson

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[Quote No.53885] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"The reason diets and other how-to's don't work for most people is the same reason most how-to books and courses don't work for most people. It isn't that the actions are wrong [necessarily]. [Often] It's that people don't keep doing them [persistently and consistently enough to get good at them and so get the desired outcomes along with the personal growth]." - Jeff Olson

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[Quote No.53913] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"To succeed, one must be creative and persistent." - John H. Johnson

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