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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!
If
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YT ALL-CAPS 10 March 2021
This is such a wonderfully narated poem showing just how far some people get ahead of themselves. This not only teaches a great lesson but it sounds great too. This is a poetry classic
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war pony 08 January 2021
This is why there are so many punks in the world! They didn't memorize this poem as my grandfather required. Miss him! !
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 24 December 2020
A poetic gem. Powerfully conveyed.Very inspiring.
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Elmar Malvar 13 December 2020
It is about keeping our feet on the ground no matter how successful we are. Very nice poem.
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Daniel New 23 September 2020
Would that every child memorize this poem.
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Clyde King 28 August 2020
Great poem
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