Rudyard Kipling Quotes
''By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Mandalay (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;
For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
"Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"''
''Ship me somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "Mandalay," Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst.''
''An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Mandalay (l. 13-14). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:''
''From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see Thy Hand, O GodRudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. McAndrew's Hymn, The Seven Seas (1896).
Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.''
'''Tisn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just IT. Some women'll stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Mr. Pyecroft, in "Mrs. Bathurst," Traffics and Discoveries (1904). Said of Mrs. Bathurst.
''There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Naaman's Song. Interpreted as a description of Hollywood.
Whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn;
And here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin
In tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.''
''The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so!Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Plain Tales from the Hills, chapter heading to "Lispeth," (1888).
To my own Gods I go.
It may be they shall give me greater ease
Than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.''
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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 ...
Life's all getting and giving,
I've only myself to give.
What shall I do for a living?
I've only one life to live.
End it? I'll not find another.
Spend it? But how shall I best?
Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
And Luck may look after the rest!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!