The Better Man Project

Day (427) – If

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

10 Comments

  1. March 28, 2013

    Thanks: I’ve seen bits & pieces of this poem often, but never the whole thing. Appreciate it.

  2. March 21, 2013

    One of my favourite poems, and that line, ‘if you can fill the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run’… Onwards!

  3. March 20, 2013

    WOW. So inspiring!!

  4. March 19, 2013

    Timeless.

  5. March 19, 2013

    Reblogged this on SPUN .

  6. March 18, 2013

    Absolutely awesome…

  7. March 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on journeyofmythoughts and commented:
    Always loved Rudyard Kipling’s poems while in school. Do not know how i moved away from that peace. And with the pressures of my current life, with the current goals i have set for myself and with the current state of my mind, i had to remember this one.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem thereby reminding me my childhood, my dreams and a larger cup of motivation to have my head straight and to keep going onn.
    Could not wish for more.
    Love. Sahasra.

  8. March 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on A View from the Other Side.

  9. March 18, 2013

    Rad! One of my favourites!

  10. March 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on daley muse and commented:
    So good, so timely, so fitting. I had to share.

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