The Little Engine That Could

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by: Jonathan Aronson
uploaded: 02/05/2014
A little railroad engine was employed about a station yard 
for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and 
off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next 
call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine 
in the roundhouse to take it over the hill. "I can't; that 
is too much a pull for me," said the great engine built for 
hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, 
only to hear excuses and be refused. In desperation, the 
train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade 
and down on the other side. "I think I can," puffed the 
little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great 
heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely 
puffing faster and faster, "I think I can, I think I can, I 
think I can."

As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged 
the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still 
kept saying, "I think I can, I think I can." It reached the 
top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, 
congratulating itself by saying, "I thought I could, I 
thought I could."  
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