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,
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!


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Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • (5/5/2019 12:36:00 PM)

    This was my graduation class's poem/send off for 1978 (Report)Reply

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  • (5/2/2019 12:57:00 AM)

    A little bit detached and mean and regarding a kind of emotionless as a virtue, but otherwise a formula that makes sense to the unexpected complexities, difficulties, and disappointments of life -and people and how some are wonderful but some are terrible. Very Wize! But sad we have to be so objective and detached. I know being so means missing out on some true feelings and experiences. A kind of emptiness. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/2/2019 12:56:00 AM)

    A little bit detached and mean and regarding a kind of emotionless as a virtue, but otherwise a formula that makes sense to the unexpected complexities, difficulties, and disappointments of life -and people and how some are wonderful but some are terrible. Very Wize! But sad we have to be so objective and detached. I know being so means missing out on some true feelings and experiences. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/26/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    this is really nice poetry and very very nice (Report)Reply

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  • (3/13/2019 11:13:00 PM)

    Great poem, great lesson. (Report)Reply

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  • Nicole Settimi (3/5/2019 12:13:00 PM)

    'If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same: ' - Favorite lines. " those two impostors just the same, " is such a clever, clever line. I just love it.

    Xx NDS
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  • (2/24/2019 5:52:00 PM)

    looking for handsome men (Report)Reply

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  • (2/24/2019 4:02:00 PM)

    Inspirational man, I want to be a man too. (Report)Reply

    (3/4/2019 5:22:00 PM)

    yum yum yummy.
    put it in my tummy.

    (2/24/2019 5:47:00 PM)

    Then get surgery

    (2/24/2019 4:07:00 PM)

    you should get surgery then

    (2/24/2019 4:07:00 PM)

    Yeah, he is really cool 😎

    (2/24/2019 4:05:00 PM)

    He is so true. This guy is inspirational

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  • (2/17/2019 1:21:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. Keep on writing the poems (Report)Reply

    (3/4/2019 5:24:00 PM)

    i disagree with your comment

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  • (2/14/2019 1:39:00 PM)

    I 💘love it, it's nice and makes sense, it should be read to people with disabilities and high self esteem.💝 (Report)Reply

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  • (2/8/2019 9:41:00 AM)

    i hate it it isnt that good. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/3/2019 11:28:00 AM)

    I heard this poem, at least on the first and last part, by Big Smoke on GTA San Andreas (Report)Reply

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  • (1/26/2019 1:58:00 AM)

    This is a poem that should be read to our sons...A way of life, indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/11/2019 10:43:00 PM)

    I learned this poem when I was 8 years old in the fourth grade in 1943,
    I have never forgotten it and my love of poetry wa
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  • (1/11/2019 10:55:00 AM)

    With the American Psychological Association's newest findings about the harmful nature of masculinity and recommendation to tamp down things like stoicism and competitiveness, I kind of wonder if there will be a push to remove this work from continuing to be taught in schools. How long before this traditional concept of masculinity is removed from our conscience? (Report)Reply

    (1/14/2019 11:46:00 PM)

    There are no such scientific findings. The APA just spewed temporarily fashionable drivel.

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  • (1/4/2019 8:26:00 AM)

    It is my heart touching poem... (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/2/2019 2:56:00 PM)

    We cannot prevent others if they doubt us. Every person can trust himself and change his attitude into positive virtuous mood. Talking in crowd still you have to keep your virtue in enlighten mood. A great will power if one has kept in mind that has strength and trust of Divine power then no other person's doubt can affect such will power to lead ahead. This Earth is God's garden and this is gifted to us. All natural resources within this Earth are of ours. This is an outstanding poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/3/2018 6:32:00 PM)

    My dad is a lawyer named Sam Adam jr. he made a video about this poem and showed it to me. When he said you will be a man my son i broke down in tears and huged him.Im only ten but that is my favorite poem because of the great words it means in this poem and that my father showed it to me. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/14/2018 6:36:00 AM)

    How to be a man, my son? is the thing of deliberation here in this poem titled If. How to be a man? How to live a good life? How to walk fearlessly holding the head high? How to stand on feet? How to form a moral character? (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016


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