Never give up! It is wiser and better
Always to hope, than once to despair;
Fling off the load of Doubt's cankering fetter,
And break the dark spell of tyrannical Care.
Never give up! or the burden may sink you;
Providence kindly has mingled the cup,
And in all trial or troubles, bethink you,
The watchword of life must be—Never Give Up!
Never give up! There are chances and chances
Helping the hopeful a hundred to one,
And through the chaos High Wisdom arranges
Ever success—if you'll only hope on;
Never give up! for the wisest is boldest,
Knowing that Providence mingles the cup,
And of all maxims the best, as the oldest,
Is the true watchword of—Never Give Up!
Never give up! Though the grape-shot may rattle,
Or the full thundercloud over you burst,
Stand like a rock—and the storm or the battle
Little shall harm you, though doing their worst;
Never give up! if adversity presses, Providence wisely has mingled the cup,
And the best counsel, in all your distresses,
Is the stout watchword of—Never Give Up!
—William Makepeace Thackeray