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!

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Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • (12/6/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    'If' but how? v.thought provoking. (Report) Reply

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  • (12/5/2016 3:02:00 PM)

    one of the best have read in life, love it so much (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2016 6:05:00 AM)

    Rudyard Kipling's 'IF' has become something of a daily mantra. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2016 5:15:00 AM)

    The poem is nice. We have honest ourself. (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2016 12:09:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem, truly touching as well as inspiring especially for us teenagers. (Report) Reply

  • Earnest Gatuma (11/6/2016 1:45:00 PM)

    This poem is definitely wonderful, I love the theme it works perfectly put! (Report) Reply

  • (10/29/2016 11:40:00 AM)

    Larry. This poem If by R Kipling hS always been something I liked and strive to live by. I have not done it so well in all times. It certainly applies now. I have revisited it and shared with Lyn. If you have not read it lately you might enjoy it. And it might bring a smile. Ernest (Report) Reply

  • Nikki Jo (10/29/2016 9:28:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems !! :-) :-) :-) :-) its so inspiring ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2016 5:52:00 PM)

    Simply Brilliant! All I can say. My sons have to have this. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (8/28/2016 4:59:00 PM)

    A poem of much inspiration and wisdom.....should be read by all. (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2016 12:58:00 AM)

    My father just passed and would tell me the first part of this poem when i was a hot headed teen. I looked the peom up and was so surprised it was what i needed to hear. This poem fit my dad to a T (Report) Reply

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (8/14/2016 4:36:00 AM)

    Still inspiring after all these years. It encourages me to keep going in what I know to be right, but isn't appreciated by so many around me. And I'm just a woman... (Report) Reply

  • Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:38:00 AM)

    I think that this is the greatest poem of all time!!! (Report) Reply

  • (8/7/2016 5:41:00 AM)

    If and when dealt with deftly to elaborate manifestations of utopian possibilities.. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Saah (8/3/2016 9:38:00 AM)

    Only the ideal person on earth can be or do all that! Inspiring advice for all, young and old. (Report) Reply

  • (7/30/2016 12:51:00 AM)

    I love the poem very well penned! It is a detailed instuctions on how we shall observe dealing with our fellowman. A must read poem! (Report) Reply

  • Fathima Usman (7/25/2016 7:36:00 AM)

    Every employed person must read this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (7/14/2016 2:00:00 AM)

    Plz send the summary of the above written poem? (Report) Reply

  • (7/11/2016 3:53:00 AM)

    HMS Ganges RN Boys training School Shotley, Had this poem painted on the Gym main hall wall, Many times have I read this poem With the other thousands of Ratings under training A poem I will always admire and never forget (Report) Reply

  • Poornima  Thapa (7/5/2016 8:43:00 AM)

    This is one of my favourite poem of Rudyard Kipling. Very Inspiring and motivating. I wish we all could be like this. Its a benchmark of humanity for all of us... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016

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