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Rudyard Kipling- 'If' If you can keep your head when all about you… - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet.... — LiveJournal
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Rudyard Kipling- '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 all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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'm back in Brisbane. Hrrm.....and I thought I had more to say, but it's all just escaped my mind.

My English literature exam went well enough....I'm not expecting too great a result however. Hopefully the marks for history and English lit will be good enough to merit a pass. This semester past was not as good a study time for me, as Australian history in my view is completely unremarkable and Australian literature for the most part, is too complex to deal with as I don't believe we've found our full national identity just yet.

I've bade fond farewells to Amy and Julie. If if either of you're reading this, words can simply not express the gratitude and love I feel for you both and withstanding of me as a housemate for the past five or so months. I have learnt a few important lessons and I will ensure that they are heeded for the greater good. Whenever you two are in Brisbane and it happens to be a Sunday morning and you're bored (there is a chance, I'm sure!), you will know where to find me. :)

That said....I now have a huge university-sized hole in my life. I never thought I'd actually miss having the pressure of study upon my shoulders. It's strange, to say the least. I do plan to do alot of writing this summer though.....there's that romantic comedy about art that I have been collaborating with Karen on (if you're still up for it, that is), the novel about the New York priest and the historical novel about Canova.

Steven's in Warwick. I miss him like I would miss my left arm if it was chopped off (being left handed, for the record). He is visiting next week though, for our six month anniversary, so I'm anticipating that very much. I am also going over his way for New Year's.

Tomorrow, I'm going in to have my wisdom teeth out. I'm absolutely dreading if of course but struggling to stay optimistic that nothing will go wrong. I'm just looking forward to next week when it'll all be over and I will no longer bear resemblance to a drooling chipmunk.

I will be sending out Christmas cards and gifts soon.....Amy, Julie, yours will probably end up being sent to the sharehouse depending on when they're sent.

I've also scanned some new photos, including some of Steven and plan on posting them on my website soon so that you can finally see what Steven looks like and see what I've been up to over a good deal of the past year.

And.....yeah. That's all I had to say. Will probably update after returning from hospital tomorrow, if I'm feeling up to it. :-p

Current Mood: calm calm

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From: warholicfactory Date: November 19th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)



engastrimyth From: engastrimyth Date: November 19th, 2003 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss...

Homer: You'll be a bonehead!

(Yes, I am twelve. But Simpsons quotes cannot be denied.)

Argh, another person getting out their wisdom teeth. I thought I was special when I found out I was getting mine out. But now it seems to be something all the cool kids are doing :: sighs :: Slaves to conformity. Tragic.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: November 20th, 2003 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I am a slave to my orthodontist, who insisted it was for the greater good. But with good reason....don't want to end up in the Big British Book of Smiles now. ~_~
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