By Rudyard Kipling (published in 1895)
"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.
- Be tolerable towards fellow humans-
-Repeating If: Kipling repeated if drawling the reader to each point. Re-emphasizing his points.