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Do Not Quit Poem-Motivational Poem

November 27th, 2009 by Rose DesRochers · 8 Comments

“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.”

Does the above verse sound familiar? It should! It’s from the well known poem “Don’t Quit” that has been inspiring individuals for many years.  The author of the original poem is unknown, however several authors over the past years have come forward with  claims of authorship.

Gerard Haughey is so convinced he wrote the poem that he is on a mission to convince everyone that he wrote it. He has gone to great lengths trying to convince people that he is the original author.

The poem “Don’t Quit” was published in the “Proceedings annual convention, Volumes 36-38“- year 1910 and Railroad trainman, Volume 39 in 1922, years and years before Gerard was even born.

In 1952 ” Don’t Quit” was published in the book “Poems that touch the heart.” The author was listed at that time as unknown.

I first outed Gerard in 2005, as not being the author of “Don’t Quit.” Four years later, he’s still posting insane comments on my blog.

In 2005,  ‘Gerard Haughey’  sent my husband and I several abusive emails.

Here are some comments from one email he sent

“Why don’t you and your wife go kill yourself.”

“God willing you and your obese wife will never bring children into this world because what world needs more of you in it.”

In another email he threatens Shawn and I with bodily harm.

The following is a screen capture of one email we received from him.

Abusive Email

I apologize for the foul language in the above screen cap. That is actually mild compared to one email he sent me.

Gerard is not the only one over the years to make claims of authorship.

Larry S. Chengges, Rick Frutell, Leo Padgett , Joe David Harrison, Sam Candelaria, Clinton Howell, Frank Collins and Edward Good all claim to have written it.

In March of this year, Edward Good sent me an email that stated:

“I am fed up with all the would be phonies trying to claim credit for the poem. I wrote the poem and I still have three brothers, six sister-in-laws and a few friends still alive who will swear to the fact that I wrote the poem.”

The poem “Don’t Quit” was often found on St. Jude holy cards. St. Jude was on the front on the card and the “Don’t Quit” inspirational poem was on the back.

I found a website that states that the US Copyright Office now recognizes the poem as public domain. The ‘Copyright Act’ will not restore protection to works that fall into the public domain. Anyone can use this poem, but can not own copyright to it.

For a presentation of “Don’t Quit,” please visit

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8 responses so far ↓

  • Sujomi
    Wrote: Nov 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Sorry you’ve had to deal with that abuse.

    But maybe this will make you smile…
    I’ve seen the poem before, but with the last as “Don’t come to me, I don’t give a sh*t!”

    Perhaps he wrote THAT line. 😉

  • Tom Volkar / Delightful Work
    Wrote: Nov 29, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I find it fascinating that so many folks wantto claim something that isn’t theirs. makes you wonder what masks they are wearing in the other areas of their lives.

  • Paulette Lehmans
    Wrote: Jan 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I will like to know if Rudyard Keeplint wrote
    ”Do not quit’


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Do you mean Rudyard Kipling? As far as I know the author is unknown. Don’t quit is not listed among Rudyard’s works.

  • heather helfrich
    Wrote: May 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    hi rose i hope u can help me i had a frame copy of “don’t quit” i lost it in a move i was hoping u could recamend a place i could find anothe printed frame of it


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Heather, please see “Don’t Quit framed Poster Print.”

  • Gerard Haughey
    Wrote: Jun 19, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I’d rather be an unstable human being who enters the Gates of Heaven, than a ‘stable’ one who burns forever in Hell- Gerard Haughey


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    In order to enter the gates you must, realize and admit you are a sinner. I am not sure you have done that as you claim to have written this beautiful poem and to me that is a sin.