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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 Chad German (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

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,097 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,307 Points Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:38:00 AM)

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

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Poems About Couplet

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Fire And Ice , Robert Frost
  3. 3. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  4. 4. Alone , Edgar Allan Poe
  5. 5. A Poison Tree , William Blake
  6. 6. Ozymandias , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  7. 7. A Soldier , Robert Frost
  8. 8. Nothing Gold Can Stay , Robert Frost
  9. 9. Sonnet Iii: Look In Thy Glass, And Tell .. , William Shakespeare
  10. 10. O Captain! My Captain! , Walt Whitman
  11. 11. One Happy Moment , John Dryden
  12. 12. The Tuft Of Flowers , Robert Frost
  13. 13. Trees , Joyce Kilmer
  14. 14. The Tyger , William Blake
  15. 15. Hero And Leander , Christopher Marlowe
  16. 16. Woman Work , Maya Angelou
  17. 17. Ae Fond Kiss , Robert Burns
  18. 18. The Weary Blues , Langston Hughes
  19. 19. The Lamb , William Blake
  20. 20. An Essay On Criticism , Alexander Pope
  21. 21. My Last Duchess , Robert Browning
  22. 22. Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard , Thomas Gray
  23. 23. L'Allegro , John Milton
  24. 24. Ode On A Grecian Urn , John Keats
  25. 25. Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee To A Sum.. , William Shakespeare
  26. 26. Into My Own , Robert Frost
  27. 27. To His Coy Mistress , Andrew Marvell
  28. 28. Astrophel And Stella: Lxiv , Sir Philip Sidney
  29. 29. Sonnet- To Science , Edgar Allan Poe
  30. 30. Hero And Leander: The First Sestiad , Christopher Marlowe
  31. 31. Hero And Leander: The Second Sestiad , Christopher Marlowe
  32. 32. Sonnet 50: How Heavy Do I Journey On The.. , William Shakespeare
  33. 33. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  34. 34. Tommy , Rudyard Kipling
  35. 35. Sympathy , Paul Laurence Dunbar
  36. 36. Good-Bye , Ralph Waldo Emerson
  37. 37. Cacoethes Scribendi , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  38. 38. Youth And Calm , Matthew Arnold
  39. 39. A Little Boy's Dream , Katherine Mansfield
  40. 40. Sonnet 02: Time Does Not Bring Relief; Y.. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  41. 41. Jinny The Just , Matthew Prior
  42. 42. The Canterbury Tales , Geoffrey Chaucer
  43. 43. Lines On Reading Too Many Poets , Dorothy Parker
  44. 44. Elegy To The Memory Of An Unfortunate Lady , Alexander Pope
  45. 45. London, 1802 , William Wordsworth
  46. 46. Scorn Not The Sonnet , William Wordsworth
  47. 47. If We Must Die , Claude McKay
  48. 48. The White Man's Burden , Rudyard Kipling
  49. 49. Anthem For Doomed Youth , Wilfred Owen
  50. 50. Amoretti Lxviii: Most Glorious Lord Of L.. , Edmund Spenser
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