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Yaniv Deautsch
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I love this poem.
In my own Book of Magic it will appear on the front page.
It gives me a feeling of what i want to do with my magic.
I know it by heart.

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 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 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!



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Stuart Hooper
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We who dwell in this fair land
Beneath the trees,
Still remember the starlight on the western seas.

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If by Rudyard Kipling currently hangs on my bedroom wall, and that frame (including the poem) was given to me by my magic teacher! What a coinsidence!

I love the poem, and it would make a great introduction to any book.

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That's a great poem. I never knew the guy who wrote the Jungle Book could be so profound . . . Smile
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Perhaps you should read some of his other works. May I suggest you start with "Captains Courageous." Not generally considered his best work, but I found it to be quite poignant an profound.

IF is a great poem, Yaniv!
"Love God, laugh more, spend more time with the ones you love, play with children, do good to those in need, and eat more ice cream. There is more to life than magic tricks." - Scott F. Guinn
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