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

  • (7/19/2018 6:30:00 PM)


    A version with an adverb at the end. Being that Earth is forgiving in our total misuse of its Paradise are we firstly upright men. Then we should once again truly look at alternative energy and raise our hands against oil wars. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/19/2018 6:29:00 PM)


    Just wonderful, what insight, what guidance to be a good man. (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 6:27:00 PM)


    Being that Earth is forgiving in our total misuse of its Paradise are we first men. (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 5:37:00 PM)


    great poem indeed! (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 12:22:00 PM)


    Pity it's been painted over by students at Manchester University....disgrace for me (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 10:44:00 AM)


    Excellent poem. Explains the qualities of a man and what a man should be. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 1:34:00 AM)


    One of the most beautiful poems ever written. My father lived it. (Report) Reply

  • (7/19/2018 1:08:00 AM)


    Can someone please enlighten as to how this poem can be discriminatory?
    I fail to see why - it is one of the most beautiful poems I had to study at school!
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  • (7/12/2018 12:18:00 AM)


    I read this poem years back,now rereading nnew meanings pop up (Report) Reply

  • (7/9/2018 1:45:00 PM)


    My Dad died when I was young man, so this poem has stood as a substitute for his wise advice all my life. I think of him whenever I read it (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (7/5/2018 9:28:00 AM)


    One of my all time favorites. A jewel.🎆🎆🎆 (Report) Reply

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  • Louie Aries (6/18/2018 11:47:00 PM)


    Awesome..never seen the definition of a man so obvious and illustrating.. (Report) Reply

    Jez Brul (6/20/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    I agree with you dear poet Louie...it captured the real essence of being a man...

  • (6/15/2018 11:42:00 PM)


    This is what I was telling you about (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 4:50:00 PM)


    This was met mother's favorite poem. (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2018 6:45:00 AM)


    I love this poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 5:27:00 AM)


    I ❤️this POEM very much ❤️♥️💛💙💗💜💖💚💕💓💘💝💞💟💒 (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2018 9:58:00 PM)


    So you learn to Ride, Shoot Strait, and Speak the Truth. And be a man (unlike today's metrosexuals.) (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2018 7:06:00 PM)


    Wow. Great poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016


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