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When I Was 8 Years Old On My Birthday

30 September 2015 5:15 AM, PDT

On September 30th, 1970, Dennis Hopper appeared on the Johnny Cash Show and recited a poem by Rudyard Kipling, “If” — or as he named it: “the middle word in life”.

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 to, 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 the truth you’ve spoken twisted by »

- Ted Hope

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