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Sep 8, 2007

If-

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

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7 Comments:

At 4:02 PM , Anonymous treacle said...

Its a bit like the advice Polonious gives his son in Hamlet don't you think?

 
At 8:05 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Maybe so. It strikes me as rather incomparable, actually.

Kipling always seems to amaze me. 'The Man Who Would Be King' gets me where I live.

 
At 8:14 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

You might get a kick out of this, T, (if you didn't know):

Polonius may not have been the original name of the character. In the first quarto of Hamlet, Polonius is named "Corambis" (meaning "warmed-up cabbage" in Latin).

 
At 7:14 AM , Blogger treacle said...

Really? I didn't know that, so thanks :)

 
At 7:15 AM , Blogger treacle said...

And I only said "a bit"...

 
At 7:23 PM , Blogger twit said...

The essence of the poem seems to be about balance, un-attachment & recognising illusions .. IMHO.

Possibly why it chimes with so many of us.

 
At 10:42 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Pretty much.
That and full-tilt, no-holds-barred, stalwart integrity.

 

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