If –

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!

 

By Rudyard Kipling

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4 comments on “If –

  1. This poem is so famous in the USA they it appears on commercial greeting cards—especially in spring, when we have all our school graduations. It deserves to be famous, and will continue to be quoted, I think, because it’s a wonderful, wonderful poem that is understandable and inspiring to people everywhere! Thanks for posting it…

    • RAMU DAS says:

      Yes, this poem is wonderful and can instantly inspire the readers. This poem was taught to us in my our school, then once again in our college. This poem getting, and will continue to get, what it deserves. Thanks to Mr Kipling for thinking of such a poem and writing it down.

  2. Good Morning Ramu! This is a great poem. Oft quoted, oft taught and oft shared. Makes sense everytime one reads its. Thanks for sharing!

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