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memorizing If 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 or 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

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

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