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Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win!”

The speaker of “If—” champions a morality built on moderation. In this poem, he advises his son to move through life with composure, and to always exercise self-control, integrity, and humility. This means never letting “Triumph” nor “Disaster”—events either good or bad—go to one’s head.

If— by Rudyard Kipling
Many people consider ‘If—’ to be one of the most inspirational poems ever written. It is certainly a poem that has garnered a great deal of attention in popular culture.
In fact, any lover of tennis can probably tell you that several of the lines of ‘If—’ are hanging in the player’s entrance at Centre Court Wimbledon in England. The lines that are displayed read, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.” While Kipling wrote poetrynovels, and articles, he is most notably known for his collection of short stories called The Jungle Book, written in 1894. A British writer, Kipling, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

Read and Listen to If— Poem

Read and listen along to ‘If—‘ in full below, before diving into the analysis:

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