10 best poems written in English Literature

1) ‘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 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!

-by Rudyard Kipling.

2)    Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake

Rabindranath Tagore 

3) A Psalm of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

                –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

4)The Road not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost 

5)Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

6)Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

-Maya Angelou 

7)Daffodils 

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth 

8)Stoping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-Robert Frost

9)Leisure
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

W.H Davies

10)When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
William Butler Yeats

8 of the Wisest Quotes spoken

1)“You can know the name of a bird in all languages of the world, but when your’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something” – R . P Feymann
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2) The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

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3)”If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.”– Sun Tzu

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4)”We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”  -Chuck Palahniuk

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5)Believe nothing no matter where you read it or who has said it , not even if I have said it , unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. -Buddha 

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6)Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

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7)”If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”Bruce Lee  

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8)If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. – Osho

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50 things we should be informed about in life

1. Life is short. Be impatient and have a sense of urgency, so that you can achieve everything you want to. Also be stubborn with your time, it’s yours and theres only a finite amount of it.

2. Know what you don’t know. It is more important to recognize the things you don’t know, it will make you a less arrogant decision maker. Nassim Taleb came up with this idea of an antilibrary, filled with books you’ve never read, on subjects you barely understand. 

3. Be careful with how you define your identity. Some people define themselves by their work, or their religion etc. But remember the words of Camus, “A reason to live can quickly become a reason to die”.

4. Be aware of your actions, and form good habits. It becomes very easy to delude yourself into thinking that you’re doing the right thing, or that you actually have good habits etc. Most people will not realize how their habits are very self destructive, as Warren Buffet said “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken”.

5. Realize that nothing matters. In a hundred thousand years from now all of our actions will be insignificant. 

6. Be honest with yourself. Sometimes the mind blocks off unpleasant things, so it becomes painful to think about it. But you have to face unpleasant realities, if you want to grow and improve as a person.

7. Read. People who lived thousands of years ago had the very same basic questions of the world we still try to grapple with today. And they’ve written about what they think, so go read it. The accumulated knowledge of mankind is far far greater than what one person can learn/think by themselves in one lifetime, so the quickest way to learn or gain perspective is to read. 

8. Be curious. The world is fascinating, ask questions and try to unravel the mysteries! It’s amazing how people get caught up with grades/credentials/promotions etc and don’t even pick up a book to read or take some time off to just sit and think.

9. Realize that not every one is as fortunate as you are (this does not apply to every one). So try to help others out: friends/family/strangers.

10. Most of the time you already know what the right thing to do is, but it’s just that the right thing to do is often the hardest thing to do.

 

 

11) Stop reacting automatically to things you hear, see or read. Unless it’s a grave or ecstatic matter, you need not react the way you are expected to. Be neutral and let the mind control your next step. Many people, far more than you would think, behave exactly the opposite of what they actually are, or simply don’t realize what they are saying.

12) Stop internal dialogues the moment they sprout. You have no right to either berate yourself or the others just because the misery of doing so makes you feel good. The same applies to unwarranted positive thoughts too. Life is fundamentally unpredictable, and unfair. The sooner you are comfortable with this truth, the better.

13) Finish off what you have to do much within the specified time. Creating emergencies out of routines is the hallmark of mediocre people. Feeling good about meeting artificially created exigencies is even worse.

14) Choose your friends well. It takes roughly six months to observe a person comprehensively. If you have a “best friend’ within ten days of meeting somebody, you are fooling yourself. Let friendship be based on mutual respect and trust, not on flimsy grounds like intelligence, looks or background or, worse, shared feelings like being the fan of the same guy.

15) Do not be afraid to have critics. In fact welcome them. They often mirror you better than your friends. They also give you fertile opportunities to learn the art of retaliation. Don’t fool yourself: If you can’t hit back, you are no good. And if you take pleasure in hiding behind “moral values”, you are taking the royal road to “Creepdom”. Don’t underestimate the power of your mind. Revenge is good.

16) Plan for the day but keep some buffer should you need to make rapid shifts in actions. Think in terms of action than contemplation. Here’s a great one I read somewhere: For every hour of your wakefulness, plan for 5 minutes, rest for 5 minutes and work for 50.

17) Get yourself some physical exercise. It hardly matters from which source, but do it. The thumb rule is- You should race through 3 floors within 45 seconds and breathe normally within the next 10 seconds. This is no joke. Without that kind of fitness, you are living a sub-standard life.

18) Life is 99 % routines, so teach yourself to enjoy those tiny things. They are the fountainhead of lasting happiness. Love a cup of hot coffee or a brilliant sunset? Go ahead and savour them both.

19) If you feel superior to your parents because they sacrificed their own priorities to get you a great education, you are the worst creep. Once you start earning, fulfill at least some of their wishes ( That does not mean calling them over to take care of your kids )

20) Get yourself education. Not the University kind, which is mostly useless, but the life type. Teach yourself things. Read, read……!

CHEFS AMPHA Principle

21) C – Curiosity : Live curious ! The world is just awesome, try to learn about as many as things as possible. Curiosity gives you Knowledge and this very Knowledge will give you most of the things you ever want to achieve in life. There are many excellent books, vast resources on internet, etc to quench this thirst of curiosity ! So, be curious and dive into this great Knowledge sea.

22) H – HopeLessNess : Most of the times we expect too much from everyone around us and that leads to many conflicts which brings the sadness in our lives. So, try to avoid any expectations from others as well as from yourself ! Always goes on doing things without expecting anything, you will get tremendous results by such approach. 

23) E – Equilibrium : Always try to attain equilibrium in each and everything in your life. Never go to extremes, they are likely to hurt you. Be balanced in every aspect. Equilibrium gives us the stability ! Even in nature everything goes to the  state of equilibrium as it also craves for stability.      

24) F – Flexibility : The ability to adjust and mingle up in any situation gives you the chance to have new relations, a chance to learn new things and lots of other things. Don’t be rigid and always try to adopt according to situations.

25) S – Satisfaction : Be satisfied with whatever you have ! Never ever complain  about the things you don’t have, think about those who are far more under privileged than you whenever you curse yourself for the same. Be happy with whatever you have but never ever be complacent about the most important things in life such as high aim, hunger for knowledge, transcending your capabilities, etc.

26) A – Aim High : This is one of the main aspect in life. Always set high aim for yourself, it will not only give you the reason for living your life but it will also make your life more alive. Try to set an aim which will always add some value to the society !

27) M – Money : Money is not everything but we all should be financially literate. Most of us spend time in earning money but don’t know how to retain it ! Learn to use your money wisely and for better causes.

28) P – People : Human beings are social animals and our lives revolves around people only. Always value the people in life and spend as much as time with your loved ones. Be grateful to every human being that had an impact however small in you life.

29) H- Health : If you don’t have a good health, you will possibly miss out to most of the things in you life. Wake up early and have a good jog, that’s all it takes to build a good health. Actually it should be the high priority aim in our life.

30) A – Art of Parenting : This might seem unusual at first but if we think carefully we can actually co-relate many problems existing in society to bad parenting. People get married and have children but they don’t even realize the very purpose behind this whole thing – To bring up great human beings ! Learn to be a great parent to bring up great children.

31. Don’t do anything that you can’t talk about. There are exceptions, and those are obvious. You shouldn’t be doing anything you won’t be proud of.

32. Don’t say anything you won’t do. Verbal contracts aren’t legally binding, but the less your words mean, the quicker you lose respect.

33. Stupid people deserve to be loved too. Never attribute to malice what can be easily explained by incompetence, and learn to look past that in your daily interactions.

34. You gain nothing by being mean to idiots. The previous point should help this. It’s too easy to needlessly insult someone who deserves it, but try not to – no one wins.

35. Be a servant, not a slave. Help others without expecting anything in return, but don’t be taken advantage of. Service is desirable, charity less so.

36. There are people smarter than you. They are everywhere. Recognize them and learn from what they have to say. They will disagree often with you – find out why. 

37. There are people dumber than you. They are also everywhere. Don’t believe everything you say, and just because many people agree on something does not make it true.

38. You’re wrong very often. You will disagree with other people. The faster you realize when you’re wrong, the easier damage control is.

39. The worst kind of decision is none at all. Life is full of uninformed decisions that you will be forced to make – recognize those and get them over with to minimize regret and wasted time.

40. Apathy is worse than hate. If someone puts in effort to reach you, try to respond (obvious exceptions).

41. No one will love you as much as your parents even if you don’t have a good relationship with them.

42. There is a specific time for everything.

43. Keep your friends close, and your enemies…don’t pay them any attention. Karma will get them.

44. Your siblings are the closest people to you, forgive them if you need, and surround yourself with their love.

45. Be compassionate, at some point, you will need people to be compassionate with you.

46. No one is perfect, don’t judge yourself or others.

47. Love, and love again…it will get you through everything in life.

48. Don’t lie, people will remeber liars thant the issue being lied about.

49. Smiling can work miracles.

50. Last but not least, give more than you take and don’t expect anything so you are not disappointed.