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    Default If - Rudyard Kipling

    Ive lived by this

    since a kid... its a poem, but rather spiritual in nature, at least for me.


    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,

    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

    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

    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 -

    is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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    Yeah. Nice.

    To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

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    This poem was very popular in

    England when it was first published in the early 20th century, popular in Australia too.

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    I didnt know


    "Lines from Kipling's 'If' appear over the player's entrance to Wimbledon's Centre

    Court - a poignant reflection of the poem's timeless and inspiring quality"

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