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

  • Plabita Bhaskar (3/27/2017 3:45:00 AM)


    A fountain of words flow from the mouth of a stream of wisdom. Nurturing life! ! ! I am so in love with this poetry. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/17/2017 3:22:00 AM)


    If poem is excellently written
    By giving the best admonition
    We are stunned by its wisdom
    And we are made fully better
    As our spirit is made to rise
    He does magic via words
    We must be grateful to him
    A great thinker and poet.
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  • (1/17/2017 3:06:00 AM)


    The poet dazzles in his admonition
    Apt words were used throughout
    Each word supports like a brick
    Our mind is filled with great awe

    He uses words with such a skill
    We find a Sky-like structure
    That stands to guide like God
    What a poem! What a musing!

    mvvenkataraman
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  • Zakir Hussain Haidary (1/6/2017 7:40:00 AM)


    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:

    i have gone through few more of kipling, , they are charming and didactic
    (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/30/2016 2:20:00 PM)

    tom allport
    so don't ever, ever, ever doubt it. (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2016 6:45:00 AM)


    My fav (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2016 10:14:00 PM)


    Nice! (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2016 7:53:00 AM)


    'If' but how? v.thought provoking. (Report) Reply

  • Olusola Francis (12/5/2016 3:02:00 PM)


    one of the best have read in life, love it so much (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2016 6:05:00 AM)


    Rudyard Kipling's 'IF' has become something of a daily mantra. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2016 5:15:00 AM)


    The poem is nice. We have honest ourself. (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2016 12:09:00 AM)


    This is my favorite poem, truly touching as well as inspiring especially for us teenagers. (Report) Reply

  • Earnest Gatuma (11/6/2016 1:45:00 PM)


    This poem is definitely wonderful, I love the theme it works under....so perfectly put! (Report) Reply

  • (10/29/2016 11:40:00 AM)


    Larry. This poem If by R Kipling hS always been something I liked and strive to live by. I have not done it so well in all times. It certainly applies now. I have revisited it and shared with Lyn. If you have not read it lately you might enjoy it. And it might bring a smile. Ernest (Report) Reply

  • Nikki Jo (10/29/2016 9:28:00 AM)


    One of my favourite poems !! :-) :-) :-) :-) its so inspiring ! (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2016 5:52:00 PM)


    Simply Brilliant! All I can say. My sons have to have this. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (8/28/2016 4:59:00 PM)


    A poem of much inspiration and wisdom.....should be read by all. (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • 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

  • 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 13, 2016


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