If

By Rudyard Kipling (published in 1895)

Quote

"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;"


I think this quote is important because its something we all need to do in life, and we all fail to do so. We all lie to one another to get ahead or to get out of trouble. We all try to "get even" with someone all in spite of them. Kipling is saying to his son and to us all that in order to be respected and to be called mature, we need to be honest, tolerable, and modest.

Key Points

- When life gives you lemons, make lemonade-

- Be tolerable towards fellow humans-

- Live-

Evidence

He talks about walking with kings and not to loose your common touch. He says not to let dreams and thoughts drive you into madness, and not to be fooled by triumph and disaster. He talks about being honest with others and to not hate people. he says to fill every worthless minute with 60 seconds of something.

Key Terms

-Triumph and Disaster: they are personified to say that they are imposters. having the reader connect with them.

-Repeating If: Kipling repeated if drawling the reader to each point. Re-emphasizing his points.