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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 Son

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Mother To Son , Langston Hughes
  3. 3. The Only Son , Rudyard Kipling
  4. 4. My Young Son Asks Me... , Bertolt Brecht
  5. 5. Come Up From The Fields, Father , Walt Whitman
  6. 6. A Prayer For My Son , William Butler Yeats
  7. 7. The Sons Of Martha , Rudyard Kipling
  8. 8. Mary's Son , Rudyard Kipling
  9. 9. The Widow And Her Son Xxi , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. A Mother's Lament For Her Son's Death , Robert Burns
  11. 11. The Bride Of Abydos , George Gordon Byron
  12. 12. Father And Son , Delmore Schwartz
  13. 13. Friar Philip's Geese , Jean De La Fontaine
  14. 14. A Poet To His Baby Son , James Weldon Johnson
  15. 15. Epitaph On Her Son H. P. , Katherine Philips
  16. 16. The White Cliffs , Alice Duer Miller
  17. 17. Goliath Of Gath , Phillis Wheatley
  18. 18. Paradise Regained: The First Book , John Milton
  19. 19. The Son Of The Evening Star , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. 20. On My First Son , Ben Jonson
  21. 21. Song Of The Son , Jean Toomer
  22. 22. The Prodigal Son , Rudyard Kipling
  23. 23. A Son with a Future , Charles Reznikoff
  24. 24. The Changeling , Russell Edson
  25. 25. Delia Xlv: Care-Charmer Sleep, Son Of Th.. , Samuel Daniel
  26. 26. I Once Was a Son Of the Earth , Konstantin Balmont
  27. 27. Old Pardon, The Son Of Reprieve , Banjo Paterson
  28. 28. My Son The Man , Sharon Olds
  29. 29. Wishes For Sons , Lucille Clifton
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