Tuesday, August 18, 2009

♥ IF ♥ Special Poem by RUDYARD KIPLING

A few days before, one of our family friends shared me this special poem. I love it a lot and want to share to all my friends. It is about life and for everyone individually. There are many wise things to read and think about. I hope you love and enjoy too.

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!

Rudyard Kipling

A picture of Rudyard Kipling


  1. A beautiful poem indeed! But few may call themselves men..in fact I only know of one or two..quite something to live up to..these words of wisdom :-D

  2. i also LOVE this poem, especially the first verse. we used to have it hanging up on the wall of our old house so the words are very familiar to me...

  3. A great and wise poem to live by...don't let others bring you down and keep one's head about themselves. A lesson we could all learn from!

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