Found a gem…

One of my favorite series from the BBC is Inspector Morse.  Police drama set in Oxford, England, Morse is the atypical Inspector: he loves opera, good wine & beer(Bud Lite not one of them), good book and crossword puzzels. Not only entertaining but educational in the arts. It was only on for 7 seasons from 1987 – 2000. Series at the BBC are much different than here. But I digress – while watching an episode, his Sargeant Lewis recites a quote: treat triumph and disaster the same. Morse says, “Kipling”, and of course if watch many of these Lewis is not as familiar with writers as his boss. But the quote intrigue me and so with the help of Google, I found where it is from and it is a wonderful poem that should be studied further. Not sure if I will do it but finding it is a start. So here is Kipling’s poem IF…enjoy! If—  BY RUDYARD KIPLING: ‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies 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! Source: A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943) So don’t discount television shows, some you do learn something. A more up to date is Big Bang Theory. Funny as hell but it does use and makes the sciences so cool! Since the arts are more my area, I haven’t looked up any vocabulary because most I can pronounce much less spell.😁!

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