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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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 ...
The First Chantey
Mine was the woman to me, darkling I found her;
Haling her dumb from the camp, took her and bound her.
Hot rose her tribe on our track ere I had proved her;
Hearing her laugh in the gloom, greatly I loved her.
Swift through the forest we ran; none stood to guard us,
Few were my people and far; then the flood barred us --
Him we call Son of the Sea, sullen and swollen.
Panting we waited the death, stealer and stolen.