by Calvin Coolidge
I believe in work,
For discontent and labor are not often companions.
I believe in thrift,
For to store up a little regularly is to store up character as well.
I believe in simple living,
For simplicity means health and health means happiness.
I believe in loyalty,
For if I am not true to others, I cannot be true to myself.
I believe in holding up my chin,
For self-respect commands respect from others.
I believe in keeping up the courage,
For troubles flee before a brave front.
I believe in bracing up my brother,
For an encouraging word may save the day for him.
I believe in living up to that best that is in me,
For to lower the standard is to give up the fight.