Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

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).
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  • ''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 quotations—as 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,
    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.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Gods of the Copybook Headings (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''Then ye returned to your trinkets; then ye contented your souls
    With the flannelled fools at the wicket or the muddied oafs at the goals.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Islanders," The Five Nations (1903).
  • ''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,
    And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East."''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Naulahka, heading of ch. 5 (1892).
  • ''Now I possess and am possessed of the land where I would be,
    And the curve of half Earth's generous breast shall sooth and ravish me!''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Prairie (Canada).
  • ''For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State,
    They arrive at their conclusions—largely inarticulate.
    Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none;
    But sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Puzzler.
  • ''But remember please, the Law by which we live,
    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.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "The Secret of the Machines."

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Best Poem of 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 ...

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Hymn Before Action

The earth is full of anger,
The seas are dark with wrath,
The Nations in their harness
Go up against our path:
Ere yet we loose the legions --
Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles, aid!

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