Berton Braley

Berton Braley

About Berton Braley

Berton Braley (1882 - 1966) was born in Madison, Wisconsin. His father, Arthur B. Braley, was a judge; he died when Berton Braley was seven years old. At 16, Braley quit high school and got a job working as a factory hand at a plow plant. After a few years, Braley went back to school and received his high school diploma. Shortly thereafter he discovered Tom Hood's poetry instructional book ''The Rhymester''.

Braley was first published at the age of 11 when a small publication printed a fairy tale he wrote. He was a prolific writer, with verses in many magazines, including Coal Age, American Machinist, Nation's Business, Forbes magazine and Harper's Magazine. He published twenty books, about half of them being poetry collections.


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    Poems by Berton Braley

  • Opportunity

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    With doubt and dismay you are smitten
    You think there's no chance for you, son?
    Why, the best books haven't been written
    The best race hasn't been run,

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  • Start Where You Stand

    in Famous Inspirational Poems

    Start where you stand and never mind the past,
    The past won't help you in beginning new,
    If you have left it all behind at last
    Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;

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  • The Will To Win

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    If you want a thing bad enough
    To go out and fight for it,
    Work day and night for it,
    Give up your time and your peace and

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    I like how I became motivated to proceed with caution concerning my worldly desire. I do not want my faith and hope to be misplaced. When my will is invoked by deep feelings of want for...

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