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When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're 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 queer 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.
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 afar,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
It's when things seem worst that you musn't quit!
-- (email@example.com), July 21, 2000
There is a story about the California gold rush(I cannot remember the name of the mill where gold was first discovered) that I once heard. It seems the property on which the gold was discovered had passed from father to son after the father's death. The son plied and plied for gold, on the rumor it might be there. After a year he had given up, and sold the property to someone else. Weeks later the gold was discovered and the rush was on.
I was also told a metaphor regarding knocking down a building. It may take 500 whacks of the wrecking ball to bring a wall down-but it is not the 5ooth whack that does it; it is all of the prior 499 that were important-the wall WILL come down.
-- FutureShock (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 22, 2000.
If I drink enough Mountain Dew, I begin to believe that anything I want to do is attainable.
-- (email@example.com), July 22, 2000.
By grace, that was cool....read it before somewhere?
K8, mountain dew? LOL, spiked with? ROFL.....
FS, get back to the closet....... ***snicker****
-- consumer (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 22, 2000.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
- If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
- If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
- If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!
-- Lars (email@example.com), July 22, 2000.
Life is queer?
-- cin (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 23, 2000.