RUDYARD KIPLING,  the 1907 Nobel Laureate in Literature in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author. He was born in 1865 in Bombay, back then British India, and now called Mumbai. He left us in 1936. The poem below was written around 1910.



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

                                              --Rudyard Kipling