Poems men should know – Part 2 – If, by Rudyard Kipling

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If—” is a poem by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895. To be honest I’m not actually a great fan of poetry but there are some poems that I’ve read over the years that I find moving. This is one of them. There are actually some great recitations of this poem on Youtube. I’ve shared two of these at the bottom of this post.

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…

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