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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • '''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.
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  • ''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.
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  • ''He travels the fastest who travels alone.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The Winners, refrain, The Story of the Gadsbys (1890).
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  • ''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

Gunga Din

You may talk o' gin and beer
When you're quartered safe out 'ere,
An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it;
But when it comes to slaughter
You will do your work on water,
An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it.
Now in Injia's sunny clime,
Where I used to spend my time
A-servin' of 'Er Majesty the Queen,
Of all them blackfaced crew
The finest man I knew
Was our regimental bhisti, Gunga Din.
He was "Din! Din! Din!
You limpin' lump o' brick-dust, Gunga Din!
Hi! slippery ~hitherao~!
Water, get it! ~Panee ...

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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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