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,
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Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Robert Macleod Robert Macleod (1/27/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    Robert MacLeod (27/01/2016)
    I think IF should be WHEN! We are all created in the image of God therefore our potential is beyond our comprehension. The Genome Project searched for evidence of or short comings and found that there are none. Those that are presented are born of choice. Freewill gives meaning to our choices. Choose wisely! If we can't be what the poem suggests then why can we dream of it? (Report) Reply

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  • Fer Basbas (1/27/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    Character. Being a Man! That's it. (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (1/26/2016 9:20:00 PM)

    Wow wow, beauty, thanks fr sharing (Report) Reply

  • Zintle Groepe (1/13/2016 1:50:00 AM)

    Very important life lessons. If all humanity were to grasp just a percentage of this, what a world we'd be living in. (Report) Reply

  • Ukata Onyekachi (12/28/2015 1:53:00 AM)

    My favourite high schoolpoem. Helped me survive the plague of the bullies! (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (12/19/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    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!

    And if i had a chance i would thank you for such wonderful words you teach (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (12/14/2015 11:37:00 PM)

    yes if I can repeat my best swing
    everytime I swing that club I would
    be my best... great poem. we learned
    from this poem (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/11/2015 8:00:00 AM)

    What a poem hammering of a principle of life thast pays (Report) Reply

  • Austin Warwick Austin Warwick (12/8/2015 2:46:00 PM)

    i love it............ (Report) Reply

  • David Paradine (12/5/2015 11:37:00 PM)

    A bench make to strive for (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (12/5/2015 5:17:00 PM)

    great poem............ (Report) Reply

  • Driss Ezzireg (12/4/2015 5:15:00 PM)

    You'll be a man, my son! . Not a man: Superman! Full of wisdom but impossible to attain! very pleasant, though.I reading it. enjoyed (Report) Reply

  • jay pelle (12/3/2015 11:07:00 PM)

    Good 1 i lov it (Report) Reply

  • Fabian Christyanta (12/3/2015 4:44:00 AM)

    The great one (Report) Reply

  • Fabian Christyanta (12/3/2015 4:44:00 AM)

    The great one (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (12/1/2015 7:35:00 PM)

    If only I had to compose
    IF again
    this time I would say
    only (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case Thomas Case (11/30/2015 8:52:00 AM)

    Phenomanal....great poem......His advice to mankind or his son isstellar (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes Stephen Loomes (11/30/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    Stirring stuff, articulated no doubt with the stiff upper lip of the times in which this celebrated writer wrote, however applying those abjurations to one's life, would, in reality be a road to disappointment, rather than possession of the earth.; these are the aspirations to be a superman, not a man. It is interesting to look at his rhyming scheme at the end of each line, and so consider Rudyard sitting there at his page putting this Empiric anthem together. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Omaya Daniel Omaya (11/30/2015 4:38:00 AM)

    I remember analysing this poem in comparison to Polonius' advice to his son Laertes. I love this master piece! (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (11/26/2015 8:43:00 AM)

    superb advise for anybody.... (Report) Reply

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