Wednesday, February 24, 2010

IF...


If your heart skipped 2 beats at the sight of "please allow 30 days for search results" then you know you're addicted to the internet. Hehehe.

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But that's not the point.

A long time ago, D posted a piece of literature that we (Malaysians) learnt in school for English. I'm sure most people know it-- "If", by Rudyard Kipling.



Kipling has been a famed author for a REALLY long time. Perhaps his more famous piece, now more commonly known as "The Jungle Book", is probably one of my MOST favouritestestesttttt stories ever :)


Anyway,


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 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-- 1910 



Such grace, such eloquence.

3 comments:

shereen said...

did u know that the title is not If but IF.
it stands for I Fail.
because.. apparently.. u can never tick everything on the list.
so... FAIL.

>.<

at least that's what my eccentric teacher told me. :)
lovedddd the way he taught me english literature!

daniel said...

IF > Sonnet 18

keShia* said...

shereen: NO LAAAAAA hahaha.. and ya it's IF, not If. BUT NO LAAA WHERE GOT "I FAIL" hahaha :)

poon: confirm. sonnet 18=gay. HHAHA no pun intended.