Monday, October 13, 2014

If | Rudyard Kipling

As some of you voted yes to quotes, here's a poem that I've loved for a long time. Every time I read it I find a new favorite line, most recently, "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master." I'm working on memorizing it; it's a nice thing have in your head, to sort of take out and look at. 

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 imposters 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 breath 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!

If, by Rudyard Kipling


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20 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite poems of all time- and normally I'm no fan of poetry. But I had to read this one in high school and never forgot it. I'd love to memorize it one day. It's hard to pick a favorite line; they're all very good!

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    1. I didn't start liking poetry till recently but I've always loved this one too. :) Thanks for commenting, Hayden!

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  2. Wow, this poem is great!!!

    ~Jamie

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Jamie. :)

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  3. Wow, I've never read this poem all the way through before. It's so good. So glad you shared it <3

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    1. Sure, Hannah. :) It really is great. :)

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  4. Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

    ...I loved this! It's so great!

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    1. That's a great line. Glad you like it. :)

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  5. Ohhh my goodness, this is so beautiful! I had never read this poem before. I don't know if I could pick just one line... I really love it all. <3

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    1. A few weeks ago I was listening to a history lecture for school and the man who was giving it, at the end of his lecture, read this poem by Kipling. I hadn't heard or thought of it for years but when he read it I remembered how much I loved it and that's what made me put it here. He read those last lines and "you'll be a man" but then added - which I hadn't been expecting - "you'll be a woman, my daughter." It just struck me as so kind and thoughtful.

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  7. That is such a beautiful poem :)

    MJ // www.littlepandacrafts.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you like it, MJ. :)

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  8. Way too beautiful. Thanks for posting it, I've never read it before. <3
    xx

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    1. Sure; I'm glad you like it. <3

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  9. By the way, I nominated you for the Liebster award. You can find the post here :) --> http://catscraftsncritters.blogspot.ca/2014/10/awards.html

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    1. Aw, thanks, Amy, that's sweet of you. :)

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