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IF – Kipling

Written on October 13, 2007 by Santiago Iñiguez in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Santiago Iniguez

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I am sure you are familiar with Kipling’s “If”, originally written for his son, as it has been one of the most recited and quoted poems in recent times. I have heard it at numerous toasts and speeches made by managers. It is fresh, positive, forward looking and humane. You have probably identified yourself with one or some of its verses at some stage in your career.

I hope you enjoy:

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 all 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!

Comments

Fernando Fontes October 19, 2007 - 1:09 am

Santiago:Mas importante,para mi,que ver en qué momentos de mi carrera me identifico con algun verso,es ver en que momentos de mi vida lo hago…….Nunca me he identificado con los versos finales de que no te hieran los “loving friends”(Pues casi siempre me han herido)ni tampoco con que tengas en cuenta a todos los hombres pero ninguno demasiado.

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