Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Oldie But a...

Can anyone write this without the depth or experience in life....?

by Rudyard Kipling

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 wornout 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!


Anonymous said...

What about women ? cant they have these traits ?

Anonymous said...

what about aligators? can they have these traits?

Hawkeye said...

maybe kipling should have put a disclaimer like me. ill do my service to him.


ending 2:

And - which is more - You'll be a Woman my daughter!


And - Which is more - You'll be a baby/male/female/aligator-egg my aligator son/daughter/egg

Anonymous said...

I know ppl who have some of these qualities .. but no one i ever met has the following :
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;

Hawkeye said...


trivia( a cliched one though): the lines you mentioned are engraved on the room leading to centre court Wimbledon. Players see these words as they enter the center court.

cerisecarnations said...

this is one of my favourite father introduced me to it when i was 10.i had posted this once in the past .great poem.

Hawkeye said...


one of my favorites too. i think i saw this in ur blog or casement's blog

Rajni said...

Thanks for posting this. Had never read this one. It is indeed awesome!!

Am sure he was talking about a non-existent "ideal" man(or woman) though :)).

But idealism is what gives us hope and keeps us going in life.

Anonymous said...


raghuveeran said...

This poem has enough torque to overcome the -ve minded ppl....

But speaking practically no one can live a life in the fashion...
You must have written about non existing virtual human...

fieryblaster said...

the poem is good. but not an equal to bharathiyar's short and sweet 'nach' ones. like,

'sila vedikkai manidaraippol naan veezhven endru ninaithaayo'

Divs said...

i'm a fan of the poem...:) was on my blog long back. And its a big 'if'... IF only we could do all that...and ofcourse, kipling definitely didnt write this without experiencing life. Truly awesome.