I will not quit; by God’s grace, I can do it! – The decision I made at Word of Life Bible Institute, NY, 1984
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
And 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 strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometime learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When we might have won had we 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 victory cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the victory crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in 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 when things seem worse, that you must not quit.
Failed in business in 1831. He was defeated for the legislature in 1832. He failed in business again in 1834. His beloved, Ann Rutledge, died in 1835. He had a nervous breakdown in ‘1836. He was defeated in election in 1838, defeated for Congress in 1843, 1846, and for a third time in 1848. Lincoln was defeated for Senate in 1855, and defeated for Vice President in 1856. In 1858 he was defeated for Senate. Finally in 1860 he was elected President!
Built 1800 prototypes until he created the first light bulb. He was one of America’s most prolific inventors, and he was granted 1,093 patents by the U.S. Patent office, including motion picture cameras, the phonograph, and the storage battery. But his inventions included such failures as a perpetual cigar, furniture made of cement, and a flying machine.