Rudyard Kipling Quotes
''And what should they know of England who only England know?''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The English Flag, l. 2, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
''For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Female of the Species," Rudyard Kipling's Verse (1919).
''He wrapped himself in quotationsas a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "The Finest Story in the World," Many Inventions (1893).
''As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Gods of the Copybook Headings (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.''
''Then ye returned to your trinkets; then ye contented your soulsRudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Islanders," The Five Nations (1903).
With the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals.''
''Let it be clearly understood that the Russian is a delightful person till he tucks in his shirt. As an Oriental he is charming. It is only when he insists on being treated as the most easterly of western peoples instead of the most westerly of easterns that he becomes a racial anomaly extremely difficult to handle.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "The Man Who Was," Life's Handicap (1891).
''And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Naulahka, heading of ch. 5 (1892).
And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East."''
''Now I possess and am possessed of the land where I would be,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Prairie (Canada).
And the curve of half Earth's generous breast shall sooth and ravish me!''
''For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Puzzler.
They arrive at their conclusionslargely inarticulate.
Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none;
But sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.''
''But remember please, the Law by which we live,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "The Secret of the Machines."
We are not built to comprehend a lie,
We can neither love nor pity nor forgive.
If you make a slip in handling us you die.''
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A Child's Garden
R. L. Stevenson
Now there is nothing wrong with me
Except -- I think it's called T.B.
And that is why I have to lay
Out in the garden all the day.
Our garden is not very wide
And cars go by on either side,
And make an angry-hooty noise
That rather startles little boys.
But worst of all is when they take
Me out in cars that growl and shake,
With charabancs so dreadful-near
I have to shut my eyes for fear.
But when I'm on my back again,
I watch the Croydon aeroplane
That flies across to France, and sings
Like hitting ...
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.