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

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/28/2014 2:07:00 AM)

    Whenever I read this poem - I feel all must adhere the message and act accordingly- my all time favorite poem (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,939 Points John Richter (10/20/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    Every line in this poem rings so true, even in todays world. Kipling outlined all of life's turmoil and successes, and did it in a most personal way. I think he'll be added to my favorite poets list.... I find this to be an exceptionally well written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Nalini Ahangama (10/12/2014 12:09:00 PM)

    An inspiring piece of poetry - I love it to be read in solitude, Wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 348 Points Chris Howie (10/11/2014 8:49:00 PM)

    I wish my dad would write a poem to me, at all, let alone one this fantastic. Great stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/5/2014 2:32:00 AM)

    Kipling's 'If' is the most translated English poem of all time. The poem goes deep into the stoic philosophy and serves as an enduring piece of inspiration.

    'If you can fill the unforgiving minute/ With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, ': the mood of the entire poem couldn't have been better summed up. Indeed, no minute that goes by ever comes back, but if that minute is well lived and well spent, there should be no regrets. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 26,918 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/29/2014 9:18:00 AM)

    A very useful inspirational poem for the readers which will surely help to lead a successful life. I loved the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,215 Points Walterrean Salley (9/14/2014 11:30:00 PM)

    This one should be on every one's Favorite List. I've loved it for many years, and still do. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Taylor (9/8/2014 12:10:00 PM)

    Obviously, an inspirational poem. I like to memorize it using the following method. I first identify any patterns. I noted that it is ' a-b-a-b' for 8 quatrains or 32 lines. I managed to find an image for each quatrain. Then I rehearse and write out each quatrain on a flash card. I attempt to recall each image with each quatrain. I write them out until I remember a train of 8 images and the corresponding 8 quatrains. I learn to recall the train of images and quatrains through repetition. It is a pretty good memory technique. Then I like to sit quietly and slowly remember the poem, line by line, with my eyes closed, sitting on a chair in a quiet room. It is a simple way to meditate on inspirational writing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 44 Points El Mcsud (8/18/2014 4:19:00 PM)

    Twelveth commandment,nice quill. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 48 Points Anna Garland (7/23/2014 5:57:00 PM)

    Kinda sexist, right: D (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,921 Points Babatunde Aremu (7/4/2014 8:39:00 AM)

    Great thought! Kudos1 (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,245 Points Primrose Tee (7/2/2014 2:32:00 PM)

    Wonderful,,,,,,, (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Margaret Craft (6/30/2014 5:53:00 AM)

    I love this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Kirti Sharma (6/3/2014 2:53:00 AM)

    my all time fav!
    so inspirin and so true..
    each word says a lot..
    wonderful..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maddy Zoe (5/28/2014 2:52:00 PM)

    This poem he wrote for his son... It is one of the most wonderful poem written by a father to his son... [3 it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nisarg Sukhadeve (5/20/2014 5:16:00 AM)

    simple awesome and inspiring piece of poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 66 Points Francis Wanyiri (5/5/2014 12:28:00 PM)

    Oh hail my heart! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Goldheart Bird (4/30/2014 4:51:00 PM)

    Wow, my sis told me to read it, I love this one! It's one of Kipling's best poems ever! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 164 Points Nathan Coppedge (4/28/2014 12:22:00 PM)

    It reminds me vaguely of my poem, God-in-the-Box. Where I am not as convincing, I am also more of an idealist. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joseph Sanchez (4/28/2014 11:42:00 AM)

    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; (Report) Reply

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