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If by Rudyard Kipling

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