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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 - 52 Points Prince Johnson (8/30/2015 8:21:00 AM)

    This is beautiful, amazingly superb (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 6,757 Points Frank Davis, Sr. (8/25/2015 7:47:00 PM)

    As to content, a literary triumph! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Churchill (8/25/2015 5:00:00 PM)

    If we all could live like this (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Preface To A Twenty Volume Suicide Note , Imamu Amiri Baraka
  3. 3. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  4. 4. Out, Out , Robert Frost
  5. 5. Changing Everything , Jane Hirshfield
  6. 6. Sunflower Sutra , Allen Ginsberg
  7. 7. Barter , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. The Road Not Taken , Robert Frost
  9. 9. The Windhover , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  10. 10. Mid-Term Break , Seamus Heaney
  11. 11. Self-Portrait At 28 , David Berman
  12. 12. If Thou Of Fortune Be Bereft , John Greenleaf Whittier
  13. 13. When You Are Old , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. The Guest House , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  15. 15. Where The Sidewalk Ends , Shel Silverstein
  16. 16. A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention , Yehuda Amichai
  17. 17. Gitanjali , Rabindranath Tagore
  18. 18. Bishop Blougram's Apology , Robert Browning
  19. 19. A Tapestry For Life , Heather Burns
  20. 20. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  21. 21. Life , Chaotic Life aka Curly Mer
  22. 22. A Drink , Mark R Slaughter
  23. 23. Slaughter Of The Innocent , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  24. 24. Too Much Of A Good Thing , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  25. 25. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  26. 26. I Am Not A God , tanya gupta
  27. 27. Life , tom Le Guilcher
  28. 28. This Is My Life , RIC S. BASTASA
  29. 29. What Life Is! , Abdul Wahab
  30. 30. A New Beginning , Heather Burns
  31. 31. Release , Mark R Slaughter
  32. 32. Ripples Of Life As I Perceive! ! , Geetha Jayakumar
  33. 33. Life To Me , anees akbar
  34. 34. Life , meg nicole
  35. 35. Alcoholic , Mark R Slaughter
  36. 36. The Time Of Shoddy , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  37. 37. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  38. 38. Make It Life , jasmine shipp
  39. 39. All Paths Lead To You , Kat Mercado
  40. 40. The Cenci : A Tragedy In Five Acts , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  41. 41. Yesterdays Sorrow , Heather Burns
  42. 42. Life, It's Precious! , Clarence Prince
  43. 43. Super Nova (A Star Is Born) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  44. 44. Life Is Full Of Wonders , lizzie davis
  45. 45. The City Of Dreadful Night , James Thomson
  46. 46. Life , merna ibrahim
  47. 47. Smoker , Mark R Slaughter
  48. 48. Yin/Yang , Heather Burns
  49. 49. Beowulf , Anonymous Works
  50. 50. Sonnet: The Wisdom Of Earthly Life , Dr John Celes
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