“ If: A Father’s Advice to His Son.” And 21 Rudyard Kipling Quotes.

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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 impostors 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 worn-out 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 breathe 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!

Rudyard Kipling, in full Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born December 30, 1865. He was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Rudyard Kipling died on January 18, 1936.

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21 Rudyard Kipling Quotes:

  1. Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.

2. I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble

3. Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

4. I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn’t explain away afterwards.

5. A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.

6. He wrapped himself in quotations – as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

7. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.

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8. Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves

9. If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

10. For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

11. I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When And How And Where and Who.

12. A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition

13. You must learn to forgive a man when he’s in love. He’s always a nuisance.

14. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

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15. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

16. For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

17. Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie.

18. Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.

19. There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.

20. The world is very lovely, and it’s very horrible–and it doesn’t care about your life or mine or anything else.

21. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

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