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[Quote No.52217] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"[Poem:]

'Sermons We See'

I'd rather see a sermon,
Than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me,
Than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil,
And more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
But example's always clear.

And the best of all the preachers,
Are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action,
Is what everybody needs.

When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles,
And a strong man stands behind;

Just to see if he can help him,
Then the wish grows strong in me,
To become as big and thoughtful,
As I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that,
The best of guides today,
Is not the one who tells them,
But the one who shows the way!

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52647] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"[Poem:]

The timid and fearful first failures dismay,
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.
He values his failures as lessons that teach,
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52650] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52661] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"[Poem: about being skeptical of anything unproven - especially pessimistic criticism - and being willing to put it to the test.]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.53184] Need Area: Mind > Learn
"[Poem: about the power of example and demonstration]

'Show Me'

I would rather see a Mason, than hear one any day,
I would rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.
And the best of all the Masons are the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52655] Need Area: Mind > Imagine
"[Poem: about the power of focused imagination.]

'The Secret of the Ages'

You can do as much as you think you can,
But you'll never accomplish more;
If you're afraid of yourself, young man,
There's little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It's there, if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you're going to do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet. Excerpt from book, 'The Secret of the Ages' (1926). This is like the Henry Ford quote, 'Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right.'
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[Quote No.52656] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"[Poem: about the power of focused imagination!]

'The Secret of the Ages'

You can do as much as you think you can,
But you'll never accomplish more;
If you're afraid of yourself, young man,
There's little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It's there, if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you're going to do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet. Excerpt from book, 'The Secret of the Ages' (1926). This is like the Henry Ford quote, 'Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right.'
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[Quote No.52678] Need Area: Mind > Focus
"[Poem: about temptation, will-power, self-discipline, habit and character in particular if focused, persistent and consistent imagination is useful to get yourself to do what imagining, then the opposite - distraction from what don't want to do and focusing on something else - is the way to not do something, as in the old truism, 'out of sight, out of mind'.]

'On Quitting'

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,
And where’er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?

You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?

Don’t boast of your grit till you’ve tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it’s easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there’s a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you’re all alone.

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.

It’s bully sport and it’s open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you’ll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.458] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:-]

The timid and fearful first failures dismay,
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.
He values his failures as lessons that teach,
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.742] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'Don’t Quit'

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging seems all up-hill,
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 strange with its twists and turns,
As everyone 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.
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.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959)
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[Quote No.52642] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:]

'See It Through'

When you’re up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it’s vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don’t let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you’re beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52651] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade.]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52657] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem: about the power of focused, persistent and consistent imagination!]

'The Secret of the Ages'

You can do as much as you think you can,
But you'll never accomplish more;
If you're afraid of yourself, young man,
There's little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It's there, if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you're going to do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet. Excerpt from book, 'The Secret of the Ages' (1926). This is like the Henry Ford quote, 'Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right.'
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[Quote No.52662] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about being skeptical of anything unproven - especially pessimistic criticism - and being willing to put it to the test.]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52679] Need Area: Mind > Persist
"[Poem:- about temptation, will-power, self-discipline, habit and character in particular if focused, persistent and consistent imagination is useful to get yourself to do what imagining, then the opposite - distraction from what don't want to do and focusing on something else - is the way to not do something, as in the old truism, 'out of sight, out of mind'.]

'On Quitting'

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you quit a thing that you like a lot?
You may talk of pluck; it’s an easy word,
And where’er you go it is often heard;
But can you tell to a jot or guess
Just how much courage you now possess?

You may stand to trouble and keep your grin,
But have you tackled self-discipline?
Have you ever issued commands to you
To quit the things that you like to do,
And then, when tempted and sorely swayed,
Those rigid orders have you obeyed?

Don’t boast of your grit till you’ve tried it out,
Nor prate to men of your courage stout,
For it’s easy enough to retain a grin
In the face of a fight there’s a chance to win,
But the sort of grit that is good to own
Is the stuff you need when you’re all alone.

How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?
Have you ever tested yourself to know
How far with yourself your will can go?
If you want to know if you have grit,
Just pick out a joy that you like, and quit.

It’s bully sport and it’s open fight;
It will keep you busy both day and night;
For the toughest kind of a game you’ll find
Is to make your body obey your mind.
And you never will know what is meant by grit
Unless there’s something you’ve tried to quit

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52649] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem: about character and ethics]

'My Creed'

To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.
To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame and sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known;
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham;
Exactly what men think I am.
To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind;
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This, I believe is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52652] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem:- about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52659] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem: about ethics and morality, character and self-esteem - liking and respecting oneself.]

'Myself'

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,
I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.19519] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[Poem:]

The power to choose the work we do,
To grow and have the larger view,
To know and feel that we are free,
To stand erect, not bow the knee,
To be no chattel of the State,
To be the master of our fate,
To dare, to risk, to lose, to win,
To make our own career begin,
To serve the world in our own way,
To gain wisdom, day by day,
With hope and zest to climb, to rise;
That is private enterprise.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52216] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[Poem:-]

'Sermons We See'

I'd rather see a sermon,
Than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me,
Than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil,
And more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
But example's always clear.

And the best of all the preachers,
Are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action,
Is what everybody needs.

When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles,
And a strong man stands behind;

Just to see if he can help him,
Then the wish grows strong in me,
To become as big and thoughtful,
As I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that,
The best of guides today,
Is not the one who tells them,
But the one who shows the way!

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52648] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[Poem: about path-finding, inventing, leading]

'The Things That Haven’t Been Done Before'

The things that haven’t been done before,
Those are the things to try;
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of a far-flung sky,
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew.

The many will follow the beaten track
With guideposts on the way.
They live and have lived for ages back
With a chart for every day.
Someone has told them it’s safe to go
On the road he has traveled o’er,
And all they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before.

A few strike out without map or chart,
Where never a man has been,
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before.

The things that haven’t been done before
Are the tasks worthwhile today;
Are you one of the flock that follows, or
Are one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of the doubting crew,
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that’s new?

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.53185] Need Area: Work > Leadership
"[Poem:- about the power of example and demonstration]

'Show Me'

I would rather see a Mason, than hear one any day,
I would rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.
And the best of all the Masons are the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52654] Need Area: Property > Home
"[Poem:]

'Home'

It don't make a difference how rich ye get t' be'
How much yer chairs and tables cost, how great the luxury;
It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king,
Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything.

...

Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' living in it.
...

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet. Excerpt from 'Home', in his book, It takes A Heap o' Livin' (1916).
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[Quote No.5345] Need Area: Friends > Friends
"[Poem:]

I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me,
I'd like to be the help that you've been always glad to be;
I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day,
As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me along the way.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52934] Need Area: Friends > Friends
"[Poem:]

'Be A Friend'

Be a friend. You don't need money;
Just a disposition sunny;
Just the wish to help another
Get along some way or other;
Just a kindly hand extended
Out to one who's unbefriended;
Just the will to give or lend,
This will make you someone's friend.

Be a friend. You don't need glory.
Friendship is a simple story.
Pass by trifling errors blindly,
Gaze on honest effort kindly,
Cheer the youth who's bravely trying,
Pity him who's sadly sighing;
Just a little labor spend
On the duties of a friend.

Be a friend. The pay is bigger
(Though not written by a figure)
Than is earned by people clever
In what's merely self-endeavor.
You'll have friends instead of neighbors
For the profits of your labors;
You'll be richer in the end
Than a prince, if you're a friend.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.18182] Need Area: Friends > Partners
"[Poem:]

Love has the patience,
To endure,
The faults it sees,
But cannot cure.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52643] Need Area: Friends > Partners
"[Poem:]

'The Bachelor’s Soliloquy'

To wed, or not to wed; that is the question;
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The bills and house rent of a wedded fortune,
Or to say 'nit' when she proposes,
And by declining cut her. To wed; to smoke
No more; And have a wife at home to mend
The holes in socks and shirts
And underwear and so forth. ’Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To wed for life;
To wed; perchance to fight; ay, there’s the rub;
For in that married life what fights may come,
When we have honeymooning ceased
Must give us pause; there’s the respect
That makes the joy of single life.
For who would bear her mother’s scornful tongue,
Canned goods for tea, the dying furnace fire;
The pangs of sleepless nights when baby cries;
The pain of barking shins upon a chair and
Closing waists that button down the back,
When he himself might all these troubles shirk
With a bare refusal? Who would bundles bear,
And grunt and sweat under a shopping load?
Who would samples match; buy rats for hair,
Cart cheese and crackers home to serve at night
For lunch to feed your friends; play pedro
After tea; sing rag time songs, amusing
Friendly neighbors. Buy garden tools
To lend unto the same. Stay home at nights
In smoking coat and slippers and slink to bed
At ten o’clock to save the light bills?
Thus duty does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of matrimony
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of chores;
And thus the gloss of marriage fades away,
And loses its attraction.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet. The poem is a parody of the famous 'To be, or not to be...' soliloquy in the 'Nunnery Scene' of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
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[Quote No.17359] Need Area: Friends > Children
"[Poem:]

It is all in vain to preach of the truth,
To the eager ears of a trusting youth,
If, whenever a lad is standing by,
He sees you cheat and he hears you lie.

Fine words may grace the advice you give,
But youth will learn from the way you live.
Honor is a word a thief may use,
High - sounding language the base may choose.

Speech is empty and preaching vain,
Though the truth shines clear and the lesson is plain;
If you play false, he will turn away,
For your life must square with the things you say.

He won't tread the path of your righteous talk,
But will follow the path which you daily walk,
'Not as I do, but as I say.'
Won't win him to follow the better way.

Through the thin veneer of your speech he'll see,
Unless you're the man you would have him be.
The longer you live you find this true;
As you would teach, you must also do.

Rounded sentences, smooth and fair,
Were better not said if your deeds aren't square,
If you'd teach him to live to his very best,
You must live your life by the self - same test.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52646] Need Area: Friends > Children
"[Poem: about fathers.]

'Only a Dad'

Only a dad, with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come, and to hear his voice.

Only a dad, with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52677] Need Area: Friends > Children
"[Poem:]

'Mother's Day'

Gentle hands that never weary toiling in love's vineyard sweet,
Eyes that seem forever cheery when our eyes they chance to meet,
Tender, patient, brave, devoted, this is always mother's way,
Could her worth in gold be quoted as you think of her to-day?

There shall never be another quite so tender, quite so kind
As the patient little mother; nowhere on this earth you'll find
Her affection duplicated; none so proud if you are fine.
Could her worth be overstated? Not by any words of mine.

Death stood near the hour she bore us, agony was hers to know,
Yet she bravely faced it for us, smiling in her time of woe;
Down the years how oft we've tried her, often selfish, heedless, blind,
Yet with love alone to guide her she was never once unkind.

Vain are all our tributes to her if in words alone they dwell.
We must live the praises due her; there's no other way to tell
Gentle mother that we love her. Would you say, as you recall
All the patient service of her, you've been worthy of it all?

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.53186] Need Area: Friends > Children
"[Poem: about the power of example and demonstration and being a role model.]

'Show Me'

I would rather see a Mason, than hear one any day,
I would rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.
And the best of all the Masons are the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you'll let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.15076] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Remember this poem when you feel like criticising...]

I watched them tearing a building down,
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a ho - heave - ho and a lusty yell,
They swung a beam and the sidewall fell.
I asked the foreman, 'Are those men skilled,
And the men you'd hire if you had to build?'
He gave a laugh, said 'No indeed;
Just common labor is all I need.
I can easily wreck in a day or two,
What builders have taken a year to do.'
I thought to myself as I went my way,
'Which if these roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder who works with care.
Measuring life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deeds to a well-made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town
Content with the labor of tearing down?'

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.15333] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Poem: Criticism of someone:]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52218] Need Area: Friends > Conversation
"[Poem: about the power of example and action.]

'Sermons We See'

I'd rather see a sermon,
Than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me,
Than merely tell the way.

The eye's a better pupil,
And more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
But example's always clear.

And the best of all the preachers,
Are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put into action,
Is what everybody needs.

When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles,
And a strong man stands behind;

Just to see if he can help him,
Then the wish grows strong in me,
To become as big and thoughtful,
As I know that friend to be.

And all travelers can witness that,
The best of guides today,
Is not the one who tells them,
But the one who shows the way!

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.17161] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Poem:]

Hate is that evil,
State of mind,
Which feeds the worst,
In human kind.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.19191] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Poem:]

'At Christmas'

A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52644] Need Area: Friends > General
"[Poem: about the experience of Thanksgiving Day, which is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.]

'Thanksgiving'

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.11497] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:]

Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

" - Edgar Albert Guest

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[Quote No.52645] Need Area: Fun > Gratitude
"[Poem:- about the experience of Thanksgiving Day, which is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Thanksgiving has its historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, and has long been celebrated in a secular manner as well.]

'Thanksgiving'

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881–1959), prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People's Poet.
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[Quote No.52663] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about being skeptical of anything unproven - especially unreasonably fearful or pessimistic criticism - and being willing to put it to the test!]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52653] Need Area: Fun > General
"[Poem: about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade!]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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