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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 Chad German (8/24/2016 12:58:00 AM)

    My father just passed and would tell me the first part of this poem when i was a hot headed teen. I looked the peom up and was so surprised it was what i needed to hear. This poem fit my dad to a T (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,097 Points Laurie Van Der Hart (8/14/2016 4:36:00 AM)

    Still inspiring after all these years. It encourages me to keep going in what I know to be right, but isn't appreciated by so many around me. And I'm just a woman... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,307 Points Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:38:00 AM)

    I think that this is the greatest poem of all time!!! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Inspiration

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Fire And Ice , Robert Frost
  3. 3. I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. The Road Not Taken , Robert Frost
  5. 5. A Psalm Of Life , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. 6. A Dream Within A Dream , Edgar Allan Poe
  7. 7. The Tyger , William Blake
  8. 8. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night , Dylan Thomas
  9. 9. Immortality , Matthew Arnold
  10. 10. A Red, Red Rose , Robert Burns
  11. 11. Remember , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  12. 12. Kubla Khan , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. 13. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  14. 14. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Gunga Din , Rudyard Kipling
  16. 16. To The R.A.F , Alfred Noyes
  17. 17. Contentment , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  18. 18. A Birthday , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  19. 19. Sonnet 43 - How Do I Love Thee? Let Me C.. , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  20. 20. The Man Who Thinks He Can , Walter D. Wintle
  21. 21. Auld Lang Syne , Robert Burns
  22. 22. Desiderata , Max Ehrmann
  23. 23. Meeting At Night , Robert Browning
  24. 24. Battle Hymn Of The Republic , Julia Ward Howe
  25. 25. America , Henry Van Dyke
  26. 26. Invictus , William Ernest Henley
  27. 27. Democracy , Langston Hughes
  28. 28. A Lament , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  29. 29. Eternity , William Blake
  30. 30. Afterwards , Thomas Hardy
  31. 31. Epitaph , Sir Walter Raleigh
  32. 32. Infant Joy , William Blake
  33. 33. Sonnet 116: Let Me Not To The Marriage O.. , William Shakespeare
  34. 34. I Love All Beauteous Things , Robert Seymour Bridges
  35. 35. God Save The Flag , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  36. 36. For Beauty Being The Best Of All We Know , Robert Seymour Bridges
  37. 37. Hymn To Adversity , Thomas Gray
  38. 38. My Creed , Edgar Albert Guest
  39. 39. It Couldn'T Be Done , Edgar Albert Guest
  40. 40. Don'T Quit , Edgar Albert Guest
  41. 41. Parting At Morning , Robert Browning
  42. 42. Free , Eugene O'Neill
  43. 43. Wild Nights! Wild Nights! , Emily Dickinson
  44. 44. H.M.S. Foudroyant , Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  45. 45. The Angel That Presided O'Er My Birth , William Blake
  46. 46. Love Is Enough , William Morris
  47. 47. Magna Est Veritas , Coventry Patmore
  48. 48. The Walk , Thomas Hardy
  49. 49. On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday , Walter Savage Landor
  50. 50. In This Short Life , Emily Dickinson
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