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If you can keep your head when all about you                                  

     Are losing theirs and blaming you:

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

     But make allowance for the 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 to 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 imposters 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 you winnings

     And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

     And never breath a word of 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 ! 

                                                Rudyard Kipling  

This Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator is in the Entrance Hall of the Maritime Museum, in Lisbon, Portugal.  Prince Henry the Navigator (Dom Henrique) was the son of King Joćo of Portugal, and was born in 1394. He is most famous for the voyages of discovery that he organized and financed, which eventually led to the rounding of Africa and the establishment of sea routes to the Indies. Henry was also a very devout man, and was Governor of the Order of Christ from 1420 until his death in 1460.

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