“IF” 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 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! —Rudyard Kipling (poem: IF) 1865
to 1936

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10 Responses to ““IF” by Rudyard Kipling”

  1. Janiah Says:

    Beautiful poem ~ an enlightened man. Very relevant to these times. Thank you.

  2. Michele Says:

    So relevant to the present time

  3. Patrick Says:

    You are choosing and Creating GREATNESS PETER your messages. Thank you.
    This is one of our favourites here in these parts of town. Fantastic Choice of Poetry….Talk soon!

  4. Cathleen Says:

    your words soothe my soul! thank you! you are a good man and you care which is so true and really rare!

  5. Jim Says:

    WAY to Go PETE! good stuff bud….

  6. John Says:

    Good seeing you again and helping us when we need you most! Love the Power from which you use this mode of media! Keep it up….HEY…we you did a great job with those contacts you gave us. This poem reminded me of our last Conversation!

  7. Michele Says:

    I am really getting this….and you I am Glad I came to your Blog today.

  8. Sheila Laureta Says:

    BRILLIANT….as a child this was my favourite poem and I believed in every word..thank you Peter..my heart was moved

  9. Sheila Laureta Says:

    This could be the ripple in the world to encourage people to never give up…no matter what….we are in this universe together. thank you Peter…this moved me

  10. Michele Says:

    First time I ever read this poem thank you pietro it’s
    incredibly beautiful and will share it with family and
    friends

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