Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature.

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Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.

He travels the fastest who travels alone.

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still, Mother o' mine O mother o' mine!

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.

If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine, o mother o' mine.

San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.

For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart till the Devil whispered behind the leaves "It's pretty but is it Art?"

A woman is only a woman but a good cigar is a smoke.

If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it what's more you'll be a man my son.

A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.

It's clever but is it Art?

Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.

Often and often afterwards the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs.

All the people like us are we and everyone else is They.

If history were taught in the form of stories it would never be forgotten.

The silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.

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!'

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.

And that is called paying the Dane-geld, but we've proved it again and again that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.

Borrow trouble for yourself if that's your nature but don't lend it to your neighbours.

Words are of course the most powerful drug used by mankind.

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains and the women come out to cut up what remains jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh how beautiful ' and sitting in the shade.

We have forty million reasons for failure but not a single excuse.

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.

Small miseries like small debts hit us in so many places and meet us at so many turns and corners that what they want in weight they make up in number and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody it saves so much trouble.

He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

Everyone is more or less mad on one point.