This poem “The Man in the Mirror” has served as a true inspiration to countless generations as a call to always strive for true honesty and respect for oneself.

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If you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say

For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife
Whose judgement upon him must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in his life
Is the man staring back from the glass

He’s the fellow to please, never mind the rest
For he’s with you clear up to the end
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward wil be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass

— A convict; found on the walls of his cell