What is the meaning of the following lines? 1)"When care is pressing you down a bit..." 2)"Success is failure turned inside out." I would like to know the meaning of the lines individually and...

 What is the meaning of the following lines?

1)"When care is pressing you down a bit..."

2)"Success is failure turned inside out."

I would like to know the meaning of the lines individually and not taken together.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The quote is from a poem called “Never Quit” some sources say it is written by Felipe Gomez, some say - Edgar A. Guest and others say unknown.  Either way, this phrase means the “cares” or worries and problems in your life have you depressed or suffering from a lack of confidence.

“When care is pressing you down a bit
rest if you must but never quit”

The second quote, "success is failure turned inside out" simply means that being successful results in something you have tried to accomplish, failed at it, learned from the mistake, did it again, correcting the mistake you made on the first attempt and then having success. 

“Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
it’s when things seem the worst that you must not quit.”

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Poetry is always open to interpretation and especially inspirational poetry because it very much depends on the person reading the poem whether they are inspired by it or not. This poem, like so many other inspirational messages, has its origins in centuries past. Biblical passages and particularly the Psalms and Proverbs have contributed to much great poetry. Famous people have also used lines that read like poetry in their effort to motivate others. These lines of poetry are intended to help others through very difficult and testing times and to look for success in the most unlikely places. 

Nelson Mandela touched the lives of many people and his legacy endures. He is one person who during his lifetime never gave up. In his Long Walk To Freedom, he acknowledges how hard it can be and he understands the difficulties others experience and appreciates their effort and need to "rest" but despite "many dark moments," he encourages others to persist because the alternative is "defeat and despair." He states that "when my faith in humanity was sorely tested," quitting was never an option.  

He would agree with the quote that "success is failure turned inside out." He was imprisoned because he was complicit in acts of sabotage in the early 1960s and involved in the call to arms to overthrow the Apartheid government of South Africa. He was tried for treason and what may have seemed like failure at the time became one of the greatest successes in modern history as he orchestrated the transition from an "extraordinary human disaster"  to a peaceful democracy in South Africa in the early 1990s. 

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