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Rudyard Kipling’s Advice To His Son, Is Every Father’s Parenting Guide

Rudyard Kipling’s Advice To His Son, Is Every Father’s Parenting Guide

English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist, Joseph Rudyard Kipling, was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom. The Nobel Prize winner, was famed for his work in both prose and verse in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the first English-language writer to receive the Nobel Prize at the age of 42, making him the youngest recipient to date. Rudyard was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined. Today his most famous work, The Jungle Book, continues to enthral the childhood of kids world over. The book has been made into a TV series in India, and was a recent Hollywood blockbuster as well.

If: A Father’s Advice to His Son – a verse written by Rudyard, is so relevant to today’s times and is a handbook for every parent raising a son. Let’s commemorate the brilliant writer’s birth anniversary with the verse which was way ahead of its time.

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, If: A Father’s Advice to His Son


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