The Poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling
The Poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling

“If” by Rudyard Kipling

This poem is included in the book Master Key Arcana. With an eloquent and efficient use of words, Mr. Kipling describes perfectly how to achieve the best in life.

No truer words were ever spoken — or written.

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!

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  1. Dan says:

    Nice quote, Anthony. This is a poem that’s always appropriate and relevant.

    My eight-grade teacher, back in St. Ann’s School in Scranton, required us all to memorize this poem as a prerequisite for “graduating.” I’ve always been glad for that.

    • Tony says:

      Hi Steve!

      THANKS! This is one of my favourite poems. Kipling got it.

      It was great speaking with you as well on the Business Builders Workshop. I look forward to more conversations in the future.

      All the BEST!

      Have fun … Tony.

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