Wednesday, November 08, 2006


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!
posted by Serenity at 05:33 | Permalink |


  • At 8/11/06 05:47, Blogger Serenity

    Photo source:

  • At 8/11/06 10:14, Blogger confused

    Όσες φορές και να το διαβάσω την ίδια συγκίνηση έχω.

  • At 8/11/06 11:18, Blogger οι σκιές μιλάν

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  • At 8/11/06 11:20, Blogger οι σκιές μιλάν

    you know, if is the middle word in life

  • At 8/11/06 11:44, Blogger Serenity

    @ Confused: Κι εγώ... Καλημέρες μας :)

    @ Οι σκιές μιλάν: Yes, you are so right! :)

  • At 8/11/06 18:22, Blogger Tradescadia

    Για χρόνια πολλά το είχα κολλημένο σε ένα τοίχο. Τόση σοφία...

  • At 8/11/06 20:51, Blogger Serenity

    @ Tradescadia: Κι εγώ το έχω στο γραφείο μου. Πλέον δεν περνάει μέρα που να μη το διαβάζω μία τουλάχιστον φορά.

  • At 8/11/06 23:10, Blogger Debby

    Από τα πιο όμορφα ποιήματα που έχουν γραφεί ποτέ.
    Είναι δε τόσο διαδεδομένο γιατί απλά μιλάει σε όλες τις ψυχές με τις αλήθειες του.

  • At 9/11/06 03:09, Blogger οι σκιές μιλάν


    είμαι λίγο εξω κόσμου τώρα.

  • At 9/11/06 08:00, Blogger Serenity

    @ Debby: Ναι, είναι πανανθρώπινο...

    @ Οι Σκιές Μιλάν: Καλημέρα...

  • At 10/11/06 15:47, Blogger Klearchos

    Είναι πολύ όμορφο ποίημα αλλά δεν είναι αυτός ο λόγος που είναι διαδεδομένο... Είναι τόσο διαδεδομένο γιατί υπάρχει σε κάθε σταυρόλεξο που κυκλοφορεί... ;-)

  • At 10/11/06 16:57, Blogger Serenity