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!

Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Rookie - 155 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/2/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece of art. Always loved this poem. It stirs the soul. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Rajul Sharma (6/30/2015 1:27:00 AM)

    I read this poem first time in my school text book and it became my all time favourite poem...
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run
    everytime i read this poem, everytime i wanna remove all the ifs from it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 437 Points Melissa Patty (6/29/2015 5:42:00 PM)

    Powerful piece of writing 😃 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 43,422 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/28/2015 8:50:00 PM)

    An impacting piece oif work by a superior craftsman...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 268 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (6/26/2015 9:42:00 AM)

    a nice poem so powerful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Ratri Mandal (6/14/2015 10:24:00 PM)

    I read this as a school student....A complex piece of work (in a positive way) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points Marjan H.f. Donkers (6/8/2015 9:38:00 AM)

    I love this poem; Remebering it from the bathroom of my father. Even as a woman I am inspired.
    Marjan Donkers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points A Crowley (6/7/2015 3:43:00 PM)

    He is saying that if you can be a faultless person, the world will be yours. There's nothing worse than being a fool. Thinking you're above being a fool makes you a fool.

    Kipling is handing down advice. There are certain things that young people have to hear. Everyone needs the knowledge of someone that knows better. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 739 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/6/2015 5:25:00 AM)

    (smiling) ....Then pat my back because hey, I just confirmed I have become a man! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 274 Points Margarita Morton (6/4/2015 2:15:00 PM)

    An uplifting poem, I love this piece! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ekta Sharma (6/2/2015 9:00:00 PM)

    This is a truly inspirational poem...every time i feel bad, reading this gives me a flowery relief... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,374 Points Allotey Abossey (5/25/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt, i love this poem. God bless you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 314 Points Purnima Manhas (5/24/2015 11:57:00 AM)

    This was part of my text books during schools.. I loved it then. And I love it today.. Difference is, I try to live it today..! ! !

    It's an uplifting, virtuous, and a thorough spiritual write.. For me, reading this will never be enuf

    Long Life Rudyard..! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,442 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/19/2015 8:32:00 AM)

    There are a lot of ifs.... teachings of a father to his son
    and if those ifs are achieved and met- - - - Then your is the earth and everything that's in it
    and most of all you'll be a man my son

    very nice isn't it? ? (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,568 Points Michael Walker (5/2/2015 8:13:00 PM)

    Technically intricate-just a couple of long, periodic sentences, with the memorable climax' 'you'll be a man my son'. If some of these ideals seem unrealistic, the poem gives me a sense of pride in manhood; it boosts my self esteem. This is a refreshing change from the constant put-downs of men in the NZ media, usually inspired, I think, by men-hating feminists.
    'If' was the simple credo by which the late Harold Holt lived. It took the place of any religious belief for Mr. Holt. As an athlete and enthusiast of the movie 'Chariots of Fire', I like the phrase, ' With sixty seconds of distance run.' (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 622 Points Hiroshi Satow (5/1/2015 8:41:00 PM)

    Good poem. I'm encouraged! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 337 Points Rafique Farooqi (4/22/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    Never to give up............................and and let thin or thick part of your success. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Azad Bongobasi (4/16/2015 1:52:00 AM)

    good filing (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,662 Points Patricia Grantham (3/20/2015 10:27:00 PM)

    A poem so filled with wisdom and imaginations. Keep your head up
    and it will remain above water. Enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,747 Points Rajnish Manga (3/16/2015 4:20:00 AM)

    If one is honest and follows the words in the poem diligently, he would not require any self help guide in life. I bow my head unto the poet and his immortal composition. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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