excerpt | 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.

kipling, r. (1895) if: a father's advice to his son

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