Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Only one man fits the bill

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!

Rudyard Kipling

2 Comments:

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Pindar said...

Aussiegirl, in her tireless pursuit of interesting material to add to what has become my favorite blog, has found the perfect description of the sort of person our president should be, and it turns out that this is a perfect description of Bush. And in addition it is an excellent model of character building for anyone to aspire to for facing ups and downs in an imperfect world.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger BonnieBlueFlag said...

Aussiegirl, that was such a beautiful reminder of where so many of our favorite sayings come from.

I haven't read that poem in it's entirety for years, and I could not help but think of President Bush 43 frequently as I read.

So often we have seen GW rise to each occasion to take the road less traveled, while we all grew anxious and angry. He has shown us courage and patience by example, in dealing with our enemies as well as our friends.

 

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