Rudyard Kipling

He is considered one of the best-known of the late Victorian poets and story-tellers.

Although he is well-known by the Jungle Book, my favourite work by Kipling is the motivating and inspiring poem “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,


Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!