Legacy Wisdom – Walter D. Wintle

Thinking, (a.k.a. – The Man Who Thinks He Can)

 published ca. 1900


If you think you are beaten, you are.

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win but you think you can’t,

It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,

For out of the world we find

Success begins with a fellow’s will –

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are;

You’ve got to think high to rise;

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battle doesn’t always go

To stronger or faster men;

But sooner or later the man who wins,

Is the one who thinks he can.

                                                    By:  Walter D. Wintle


(Special thanks to Cheryl A. Mobley-Stimpson, the PhillySportsMom for introducing us to this wonderful poem.)


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