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If by Rudyard Kipling

 
If - Print from original collage with
rice paper and bark
 
 
If you can keep your head when all about you
are losing their sand blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
but make allowances for their doubting, too;
If you can wait but 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 but 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 them 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 to hold on when there is nothing in you
but the will that 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 "If"
 
 
 
 
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