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Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Quotations

  • ''What is a woman that you forsake her,
    And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
    To go with the old grey Widow-maker?''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Puck of Pook's Hill (l. 1-3). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
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  • ''Cities and Thrones and Powers
    Stand in Time's eye,
    Almost as long as flowers,
    Which daily die:''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Puck of Pook's Hill (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''She has no strong white arms to fold you,
    But the ten-times-fingering weed to hold you—
    Out on the rocks where the tide has rolled you.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Puck of Pook's Hill (l. 7-9). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • '''Tisn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just IT. Some women'll stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Pyecroft, in "Mrs. Bathurst," Traffics and Discoveries (1904). Referring to Mrs. Bathurst.
  • ''A people always ends by resembling its shadow.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Maurois, The Art of Writing, "The Writer's Craft," sct. 2 (1960). Said to author and critic André Maurois c. 1930, on the subject of the transformation of Germany.
  • ''Power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in The Kipling Journal (Dec. 1971). The quotation is often ascribed to British prime minister Stanley Baldwin, Kipling's cousin. Baldwin used the words in a speech, Mar. 17, 1931, attacking press barons Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere, whose newspapers he called "engines of propaganda."
  • ''Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Times (London, Feb. 15, 1923), speech, Feb. 14, 1923.
  • ''The tumult and the shouting dies;
    The Captains and the Kings depart:
    Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
    An humble and a contrite heart.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Recessional (l. 7-10). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''The tumult and the shouting dies;
    The Captains and the Kings depart:
    Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
    An humble and a contrite heart.
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. repr. In The Definitive Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Verse (1940). "Recessional," st. 2 (1897). "Lest we forget" was adopted as an epitaph by the War Graves Commission—for which Kipling worked—after World War I....
  • ''Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget—lest we forget!''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Recessional (l. 5-6). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.

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The Widow At Windsor

'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor
With a hairy gold crown on 'er 'ead?
She 'as ships on the foam -- she 'as millions at 'ome,
An' she pays us poor beggars in red.
(Ow, poor beggars in red!)
There's 'er nick on the cavalry 'orses,
There's 'er mark on the medical stores --
An' 'er troopers you'll find with a fair wind be'ind
That takes us to various wars.

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