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The Man Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find
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.

’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

By WALTER D. WINTLE, “The Man Who Thinks He Can.”
—Poems That Live Forever, comp. Hazel Felleman, p. 310 (1965)

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