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

  • Melissa Patty Melissa Patty (4/23/2016 6:23:00 PM)

    Absolutely a joy to read! (Report) Reply

    6 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Enoch John Enoch John (4/15/2016 4:03:00 PM)

    if- -a masterpiece by Kipling. (Report) Reply

  • Sonali Ganguly Sonali Ganguly (4/3/2016 11:30:00 PM)

    beautiful composition- - if human beings would have succeeded in doing that than life would have been very easy (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul Jez Brul (4/1/2016 9:51:00 AM)

    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!

    *** I really love these last lines... I will read and read these many times and still I will not stop admiring...
    so inspiring! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kinjal Bheda (3/29/2016 12:53:00 PM)

    Loved the poem....it means allot (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling Dutendra Chamling (3/10/2016 12:17:00 AM)

    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! (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Rodriguez (2/26/2016 11:51:00 AM)

    that sounds impossible... like God the son is Jesus? like to difficult to do or be all those things life is to tough IF it were easier... (Report) Reply

    C Mout C Mout (2/28/2016 4:50:00 PM)

    It's a goal, not an expectation.

  • Lucas Pearce (2/22/2016 2:13:00 PM)

    A great read, downgrades the absurdities and complexities of life in to simple poetic mastery (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (2/21/2016 7:33:00 PM)

    ...........my favorite lines in this write ★ 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! (Report) Reply

  • Leo Wen (2/21/2016 6:23:00 AM)

    this poem was very good (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet Naida Nepascua Supnet (2/2/2016 1:08:00 AM)

    If all the answer to the questions in this poem is YEs, then yours is the earth and everything that's in it
    And which is more, you'll be a man my son (Report) Reply

  • Sara Militello Sara Militello (1/27/2016 7:53:00 PM)

    There is a lot in this poem to aspire to. I don't think many ever attain such lofty ideals, but they are still worth keeping in mind. after all, we have forever to get everything right and there is such satisfaction in knowing which are the attributes one has attained; even if no one else does... (Report) Reply

  • Vincent Bayer Vincent Bayer (1/27/2016 3:28:00 PM)

    written like the words of experience (Report) Reply

  • Robert Macleod Robert Macleod (1/27/2016 2:58:00 PM)

    Are men not capable of being all this and more? We were created in the images of God so perhaps we are not finished yet. The Genome project went in search of our shortcomings looking for the markers and found none that suggested we were limited. It appears as though we ARE THE RESULT OF OUR CHOICES. so I propose that Freewill gives meaning to our choices and therefore we should simply choose wisely. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Macleod Robert Macleod (1/27/2016 2:40:00 PM)

    Robert MacLeod (27/01/2016)
    I think IF should be WHEN! We are all created in the image of God therefore our potential is beyond our comprehension. The Genome Project searched for evidence of or short comings and found that there are none. Those that are presented are born of choice. Freewill gives meaning to our choices. Choose wisely! If we can't be what the poem suggests then why can we dream of it? (Report) Reply

  • Fer Basbas (1/27/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    Character. Being a Man! That's it. (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (1/26/2016 9:20:00 PM)

    Wow wow, beauty, thanks fr sharing (Report) Reply

  • Zintle Groepe (1/13/2016 1:50:00 AM)

    Very important life lessons. If all humanity were to grasp just a percentage of this, what a world we'd be living in. (Report) Reply

  • Ukata Onyekachi (12/28/2015 1:53:00 AM)

    My favourite high schoolpoem. Helped me survive the plague of the bullies! (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (12/19/2015 1:01:00 AM)

    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!

    And if i had a chance i would thank you for such wonderful words you teach (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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