Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

If - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!


Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Rookie - 24 Points Dallas Dowell (7/25/2015 4:07:00 PM)

    I just have to say... the whole time I was reading this poem, it reminded me of the Harry Potter books. Especially the second and fourth books. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 358 Points Hadil Diaf (7/24/2015 1:56:00 PM)

    I really loved it! beautiful words and deep expressions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 162 Points Aranthabailu Ummar (7/21/2015 7:12:00 AM)

    Good masha allah (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 365 Points Loppo Louie (7/20/2015 2:10:00 PM)

    Classic Rudyard. A timeless quality to this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 329 Points Vada Thomas (7/14/2015 9:44:00 AM)

    Vada Thomas 7/14/10: 40 (AM)

    One of my favorite poems (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 592 Points Aaron Wambu (7/13/2015 2:34:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 768 Points Abegail Kyla Bilan (7/5/2015 8:57:00 AM)

    Tricky and naughty...
    The message goes with the thought (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 883 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/2/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece of art. Always loved this poem. It stirs the soul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rajul Sharma (6/30/2015 1:27:00 AM)

    I read this poem first time in my school text book and it became my all time favourite poem...
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run
    everytime i read this poem, everytime i wanna remove all the ifs from it (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,529 Points Melissa Patty (6/29/2015 5:42:00 PM)

    Powerful piece of writing 😃 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 49,150 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/28/2015 8:50:00 PM)

    An impacting piece oif work by a superior craftsman...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,081 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (6/26/2015 9:42:00 AM)

    a nice poem so powerful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 130 Points Ratri Mandal (6/14/2015 10:24:00 PM)

    I read this as a school student....A complex piece of work (in a positive way) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points Marjan H.f. Donkers (6/8/2015 9:38:00 AM)

    I love this poem; Remebering it from the bathroom of my father. Even as a woman I am inspired.
    Marjan Donkers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points A Crowley (6/7/2015 3:43:00 PM)

    He is saying that if you can be a faultless person, the world will be yours. There's nothing worse than being a fool. Thinking you're above being a fool makes you a fool.

    Kipling is handing down advice. There are certain things that young people have to hear. Everyone needs the knowledge of someone that knows better. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/6/2015 5:25:00 AM)

    (smiling) ....Then pat my back because hey, I just confirmed I have become a man! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 351 Points Margarita Morton (6/4/2015 2:15:00 PM)

    An uplifting poem, I love this piece! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 80 Points Ekta Sharma (6/2/2015 9:00:00 PM)

    This is a truly inspirational poem...every time i feel bad, reading this gives me a flowery relief... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,901 Points Allotey Abossey (5/25/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt, i love this poem. God bless you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 318 Points Purnima Manhas (5/24/2015 11:57:00 AM)

    This was part of my text books during schools.. I loved it then. And I love it today.. Difference is, I try to live it today..! ! !

    It's an uplifting, virtuous, and a thorough spiritual write.. For me, reading this will never be enuf

    Long Life Rudyard..! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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