Never Give Up Cartoon and meme format depicting a man tunneling underground toward a pocket of diamonds, with another below giving up just before reaching it.

"Never Give Up" / Digging for Diamonds

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"Never Give Up" Cartoon, also known as Digging for Diamonds, refers to a motivational image showing two men in a diamond mine. The man on top is eagerly digging towards the diamonds while the second older man is dejectedly walking away, unaware he was close to reaching the diamonds. The picture circulated on motivational blogs in the mid-2010s before seeing use as a humorous exploitable meme template in image macros.

Origin

On April 5th, 2011, illustrator Dum[7] originally posted the drawing to his Blogspot (shown below). It began circulating on motivational blogs in January 2012 unaltered from the original comic.[1][2]


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Spread

Over the course of the 2010s, the image was edited in various ways to include quotes about "never giving up" or similar sentiments (example shown below), prior to becoming a meme format.


YOU NEVER KNOW HOW CLOSE YOU ARE.. NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

On November 18th, 2016, Twitter user @cryptonoah_[3] posted the image in relation to cryptocurrency, gaining over 20 retweets and 50 likes (shown below, left). A crypto-themed variation was posted to /r/dogecoin[4] by Redditor CaroliiiinaChiick on February 9th, 2021, gaining over 20,000 points (shown below, right).


Crypto Noah @CryptoNoah_ ... @timothysykes @kroyrunner89 @thehonestcroock Never quit, always study. You'll never know how close you were to success if you quit now. 6:39 PM · Nov 18, 2016 · Twitter for Android #DogeHolders Dogecoin Holder Panic Seller Dum

The image was also edited in numerous exploitable memes on social media in the following years. For example, on April 8th, 2021, Imgur[5] user cantfindanyname posted a parody representing a man searching for the perfect explicit video on PH, gaining over 128,000 views (shown below, left). On November 7th, 2021, Twitter user @ijustbluemyself[6] styled the image as a Demotivational Poster captioned "Keep Gambling," gaining over 7,800 retweets and 96,000 likes (shown below, right).


< Previous 26 52 77 129 130 131 132 134 136 Next > Never Give Up KEEP GAMBLING

I Dropped X Because It Was Boring

I Dropped X Because It Was Boring is a caption template frequently used in conjunction with the Digging for Diamonds meme format, most commonly used to imply that a certain franchise is terrible. Spawned by a viral meme about One Piece, the format saw active use in 2022 and 2023.


STAR THE CLONE I dropped WARS after 3 seasons WARS because it was too childish Breaking after 10 "I dropped Bad episodes because it was boring" Timmy Cook E @timmyscookin "I dropped Boruto after 10 episodes because it was boring" 10:52 AM - Oct 29, 2023 140.2K Views ...

Various Examples


Revolution Revolution Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism Revolution Revolution Revolution Revolution emilio @emilio_oilime i just sat in a drive thru line for 30 minutes but i couldn't bring myself to leave bc i thought about this picture r/investing r/wallstreetbets So did you strike oil? No, there's just a cavern full of diamonds. We'll have to keep searching. I am going to dig in my spare time for the next 39 years 39 years later... I have lived a full life. Rich with experience and success in my career. My mining hobby has been worthwhile and kept me in shape. I retire from this satisfied regardless of the fact I never found any precious metals or gems

Template


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Search Interest

External References

[1] Today I Feel Exceptionally – Like I Have A Second Wind

[2] Jinan Mantash – Do Not Give Up

[3] Twitter – @cryptonoah_

[4] Reddit – /r/dogecoin

[5] Imgur – Never Give Up

[6] Twitter – ijustbluemyself

[7] Dum Ilustrador – Persistence

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