Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

  • ''Gawd bless this world! Whatever she 'ath done—
    Excep' when awful long—I've found it good.
    So write, before I die, ''E liked it all!'''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Sestina of the Tramp-Royal (l. 37-39). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
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  • ''For 'im that doth not work must surely die;
    But that's no reason man should labour all
    'Is life on one same shift—life's none so long.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Sestina of the Tramp-Royal (l. 22-24). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''It's like a book, I think, this bloomin' world,
    Which you can read and care for just so long,''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Sestina of the Tramp-Royal (l. 31-32). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''We pulled for you when the wind was against us and the sails were low.
    Will you never let us go?''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Song of the Galley-slaves (l. 1-2). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''God gives all men all earth to love,
    But, since man's heart is small,
    Ordains for each one spot shall prove
    Belovèd over all.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Sussex.
  • ''The Colonel's son has taken a horse, and a raw rough dun was he,
    With the mouth of a bell and the heart of Hell and the head of a
    gallows-tree.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Ballad of East and West (l. 21-22). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
    When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Ballad of East and West (l. 95-96). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
    Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgement Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Ballad of East and West," Barrack-Room Ballads (1892). Opening lines.
  • ''A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke;
    And a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Betrothed," Departmental Ditties (1886).
  • ''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?"''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Conundrum of the Workshops, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892). Referring to "Our father Adam," who "sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould."

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Best Poem of Rudyard Kipling

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 ...

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The Wishing-Caps

Life's all getting and giving,
I've only myself to give.
What shall I do for a living?
I've only one life to live.
End it? I'll not find another.
Spend it? But how shall I best?
Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
And Luck may look after the rest!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!

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