„Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.“

As quoted in The Ring of Truth (2004) by Joseph O'Day

Last update May 22, 2020. History
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American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955

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