Robert W. Service — Scottish Poet born on January 16, 1874, died on September 11, 1958

Robert William Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". He is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough. His vivid descriptions of the Yukon and its people made it seem that he was a veteran of the Klondike gold rush, instead of the late-arriving bank clerk he actually was. "These humorous tales in verse were considered doggerel by the literary set, yet remain extremely popular to this day.".. (wikipedia)

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new.
The only society I like is rough and tough, and the tougher the better. There's where you get down to bedrock and meet human people.
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race.
A promise made is a debt unpaid.

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