It was James J. Corbett, former heavyweight champion of the world – and athlete with limited physical equipment but with great competitive spirit, who said: “Fight one more round.” When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring fight one more round! When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you’re so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep …
DON’T QUIT – FIGHT ONE MORE ROUND!
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 never quit.
Life is strange, with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out;
Stick to your task, though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with one more 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 afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that
YOU MUSTN’T QUIT!
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