„Because you love me I have much achieved,
Had you despised me then I must have failed,
But since I knew you trusted and believed,
I could not disappoint you and so prevailed.“

—  Paul Laurence Dunbar, Encouraged, in the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
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