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Post by blufawn » Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:28 pm

One of my clients has this on their kitchen wall and I just love it. It is by Rudyard Kipling, the author of Jungle Book.

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!
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,
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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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Re: IF

Post by JulieSmith » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:17 am

If everyone could live by those values the world would be a better place.
thanks for reminding me of that poem.

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Re: IF

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:05 pm

I've always loved this poem. It's great. :D

Here's another of my favorites:
"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" - Emerson
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The future lies before you, like a path of pure white snow...
Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.

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Re: IF

Post by Sugalba » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:22 pm

That is a fitting poem

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