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IF ...

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!

And if it wasn't for some of the Mods and some of their policies and decisions I'd have to work so much harder to maintain my sense of intellectual superiority :)


War Hero
IF you can keep your head while all those around you are going crazy - you probably don't understand whats happening :D


Lantern Swinger
i carry a copy of this in my wallet have done for20 odd years along with the firemans prayer :thumright:


War Hero
andym said:
"Do you like Kipling?"
"Dunno,i've never Kippled before!"

As has already been said, his cakes are better.

But as my Granny used to say: " Serves you right, you daft cnut" As my Granddad uttered his final words : "Fcuk me, a bus!"
Jarhead said:
IF you can keep your head while all those around you are going crazy - you probably don't understand whats happening :D

Think a similar one was something like:

"If someone understands the current situation in Vietnam - they haven't been properly briefed".

Off topic, but furk me, smiley overload possible :rambo:
If you can blur a DTS into a good nights run ashore, trap and give her large portions in that alleyway behind KFC on the octagon, have big eats, back on board and still be up for the duty watch muster.........
You are a matelot my son.
(Especially if the bird you shagged was your oppo's auntie)