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jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,998 ✭✭✭✭✭
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.

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

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  • Jordan PowerJordan Power Red Chipper Posts: 530 ✭✭✭
    I've actually been waiting the past two weeks for a post such as this to introduce a non-poker book that I feel has been really useful to me playing poker. The book is called "Hannibal and Me" and tracks the story of Hannibal and a host of other famous figures. The book details the often dichotomous nature of success and failure. For those who do not know, Hannibal, after crossing the Alps, was in Italy for 16 years and never lost a significant battle to the Roman Republic; however, he was defeated in the end. So while tactically Hannibal was a success, he ultimately failed to defeat Rome.

    The book starts off with a quote from the Poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling which I will copy below. It resonates with me when I think about poker. I've read the book four times now in the last five years but only once since I started playing poker and I got the most out of it this time. Maybe someone else will, too. (Its an enjoyable read even if you do not, though!)

    If, by Rudyard Kipling

    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!
  • blindraiseblindraise Red Chipper Posts: 255 ✭✭
    Its only after you've lost everything youre free to do anything

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