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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

  • Gold Star - 4,556 Points Melissa Patty (4/23/2016 6:23:00 PM)

    Absolutely a joy to read! (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,975 Points Enoch John (4/15/2016 4:03:00 PM)

    if- -a masterpiece by Kipling. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,372 Points Sonali Ganguly (4/3/2016 11:30:00 PM)

    beautiful composition- - if human beings would have succeeded in doing that than life would have been very easy (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
  16. 16. Bishop Blougram's Apology , Robert Browning
  17. 17. Gitanjali , Rabindranath Tagore
  18. 18. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  19. 19. A Tapestry For Life , Heather Burns
  20. 20. Life , Chaotic Life aka Curly Mer
  21. 21. Too Much Of A Good Thing , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  22. 22. Slaughter Of The Innocent , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  23. 23. A Drink , Mark R Slaughter
  24. 24. This Is My Life , RIC S. BASTASA
  25. 25. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  26. 26. What Life Is! , Abdul Wahab
  27. 27. Life, It's Precious! , Clarence Prince
  28. 28. Life , tom Le Guilcher
  29. 29. I Am Not A God , tanya gupta
  30. 30. Life , meg nicole
  31. 31. A New Beginning , Heather Burns
  32. 32. Release , Mark R Slaughter
  33. 33. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  34. 34. Life To Me , anees akbar
  35. 35. Alcoholic , Mark R Slaughter
  36. 36. The Time Of Shoddy , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  37. 37. Make It Life , jasmine shipp
  38. 38. All Paths Lead To You , Kat Mercado
  39. 39. Yesterdays Sorrow , Heather Burns
  40. 40. Super Nova (A Star Is Born) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  41. 41. A Translation Of Mother Theresa's Poem, .. , Masiela Lusha
  42. 42. Life Is Full Of Wonders , lizzie davis
  43. 43. Life , merna ibrahim
  44. 44. Yin/Yang , Heather Burns
  45. 45. Sonnet: The Wisdom Of Earthly Life , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  46. 46. Life , Cory Calder
  47. 47. Life Is A Challenge , gurjas singh narula
  48. 48. A Pulitzer Prize , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  49. 49. Snobbery , Mark R Slaughter
  50. 50. The Tree Of Life , Heather Burns
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