Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

  • ''Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne,
    He travels the fastest who travels alone.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Story of the Gadsbys (l. 6). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
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  • ''What is the moral? Who rides may read.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Story of the Gadsbys (l. 1). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''One may fall but he falls by himself—
    Falls by himself with himself to blame,''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Story of the Gadsbys (l. 13-14). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''A fool there was and he made his prayer
    (Even as you and I!)
    To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair,
    (We called her the woman who did not care),
    But the fool he called her his lady fair—
    (Even as you and I!)''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Vampire (l. 1-6). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''The old lost road through the woods. . . .
    But there is no road through the woods.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Way through the Woods (l. 24-25). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''Take up the White Man's burden—
    Send forth the best ye breed—
    Go, bind your sons to exile
    To serve your captives' need.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Poem first published (1899). The White Man's Burden, The Five Nations (1903). Addressed to the American people on the occasion of their occupation of the Philippines at the end of the Spanish-American War of 1898. The poem's title has become a euphemism for the kind of patriarchal imperialism then current.
  • '''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.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Widow at Windsor (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''Walk wide o' the Widow at Windsor,
    For 'alf o' Creation she owns:
    We 'ave bought 'er the same with the sword an' the flame,
    An' we've salted it down with our bones.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. The Widow at Windsor (l. 16-19). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''He travels the fastest who travels alone.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Winners, refrain, The Story of the Gadsbys (1890).
  • ''When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Young British Soldier, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).

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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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Quiquern

The People of the Eastern Ice, they are melting like the snow--
They beg for coffee and sugar; they go where the white men go.
The People of the Western Ice, they learn to steal and fight;
They sell their furs to the trading-post; they sell their souls to
the white.
The People of the Southern Ice, they trade with the whaler's
crew;
Their women have many ribbons, but their tents are torn and few.
But the People of the Elder Ice, beyond the white man's ken--

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