If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
Famous Inspirational Poems
History's Best Inspirational Poems
Many poems, and poets for that matter, earn fame because of their ability to inspire others. Such poems give people the internal strength they need to overcome a problem, reach a goal, or let go of their resentment or guilt. Poems can even inspire people to work towards a cause or become a better person. Many famous poets had the keen ability to use the written word to reach hearts and souls, motivating people to action. They used their gift in the most noble of ways by creating inspirational poems that touched, and continue to touch, people with a positive message even today.
Motivational Poems by Famous Poets
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If you can keep your head when all about youFeatured Shared Story
I was doing research in the library during my junior year ('75) in high school for an English paper when I first saw the poem "If" in a book of poems. It immediately struck me as a perfect...
It doesn't interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache forFeatured Shared Story
I love this more than words. I think of these words often, especially in times that I feel as though I haven't done much through the years, and I'm sweetly reminded that I HAVE done so much!...
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,Featured Shared Story
This is a poem that addresses the law of nature. No one can go against it. The poet has used metaphorical language to depict the similarities between man and other creations of nature. Nature...
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.Featured Shared Story
The courage is evident. Our world needs social justice to reign above everything else. No one has the right to say he or she is better than anyone else. We are all on this earth with an...
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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.Featured Shared Story
I grew up with beautiful sisters, and I was the ugly duckling. To this day I feel their jealousy, and they will never give me respect. I walk proud, and people like me. I'm successful,...
Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had,
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.Featured Shared Story
This poem gives me peace and contentment. I feel like I have all those things which are found in a high class. I would say my special thanks to Edgar A. Guest for writing this poem.
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?Featured Shared Story
I am not rich nor poor, but my heart is filled with love. I always want to help others in any way I can. I used to sit and listen to the older person because no one was there to hear his...
I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.Featured Shared Story
I love this poem but had not heard it until it was played as part of an advertisement. I have no idea what the ad concerned, however, I had to have a copy of this poem. Wish Mr. Trump could...
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.Featured Shared Story
I was hurt very badly many years ago and wound up in a wheelchair for years after being told I'd never walk again. At first I was very depressed about it and wound up addicted to pain meds....
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