We'll Always Have Kipling

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We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:01 pm

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!


I do realize that no one can live up to this all the time, maybe even not even most of them most of the time, there is still something worth striving for...

And I used to hate this poem in my youth...
The Lady with a Lamprey

"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:02 pm

And I don't dare post this in the tickets sub-forum. I'm already not living up to it!
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"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby forty_eight » Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:22 pm

this helps ... i think we know to take a deep breath and keep perspective. but sometimes, the urge to lash out seems like it will be restorative. but it rarely is, if ever.

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:33 pm

On the more important things list...

Washington State passed a Marriage Equality Bill!

Woo-fcking-hoo!
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"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:59 pm

You can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition. -- Rudyard Kipling

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:13 pm

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar's a smoke.
The Lady with a Lamprey

"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby bigdane » Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:21 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:On the more important things list...

Washington State passed a Marriage Equality Bill!

Woo-fcking-hoo!

woot woot
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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby The CO » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:32 am

"So, do you like Kipling?"

"I don't know, I've never kippled before."
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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby knowmad » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:44 am

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e., everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.
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Oh yeah, this year I was totally twerping out at the fence. ~Lonesombri

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Re: We'll Always Have Kipling

Postby The CO » Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:28 pm

Good Omens!
M*A*S*H 4207th: An army of fun.
I don't care what the borg says: feather-wearers will NOT be served in Rosie's Bar.
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