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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 - 0 Points Dorothy Matthews (6/12/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    Wish our current politicians would read and follow then the name calling and nastiness on both sides would disappear and the needs of the Country would become important once more. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 52,983 Points Susan Williams (6/6/2016 11:49:00 PM)

    If only more Fathers raised their sons in this vein... I do believe David and Solomon would have backed these as wise sayings good and true. Kipling knew how to get his point across and do it with style not a self-righteous smirk. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Sophie Woo (6/2/2016 7:15:00 AM)

    This is one of my best poems because it reminds me of my dear grandfather who borders on that kind of man in this poem. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  3. 3. Out, Out , Robert Frost
  4. 4. Changing Everything , Jane Hirshfield
  5. 5. Sunflower Sutra , Allen Ginsberg
  6. 6. Barter , Sara Teasdale
  7. 7. The Road Not Taken , Robert Frost
  8. 8. The Windhover , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. 9. Mid-Term Break , Seamus Heaney
  10. 10. Self-Portrait At 28 , David Berman
  11. 11. If Thou Of Fortune Be Bereft , John Greenleaf Whittier
  12. 12. When You Are Old , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. The Guest House , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  14. 14. Where The Sidewalk Ends , Shel Silverstein
  15. 15. A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention , Yehuda Amichai
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