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If 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!

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  1. 26 Feb. 2015
    186. djshimtonic666 says

    what an awesome poem

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  2. 1 Feb. 2014
    185. promy58 says

    Weldone keep it up may god be with you

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  3. 11 Nov. 2013
    184. Andre says

    If i cud get a chance 2 meet MR KIPLING I wud bow down b4 his presence den stand up and say 'u did it'.......u finally gv me smthng 2 live by(a messenger)....wow tht is de true beauty of poetry

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  4. 29 Oct. 2013
    183. Toya+delazy says

    It verynice dt poem

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  5. 20 Sept. 2013
    182. *.+#00ff00mIs#0000ff++kIss+#ff says

    Wow i really enjoyed reading ur poem.. keep on

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  6. 19 Sept. 2013
    181. skillz+rabbid says

    It remindz me of my bro he loves the poem

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