Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

  • ''By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
    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!"''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Mandalay (l. 1-4). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
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  • ''Ship me somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,
    Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "Mandalay," Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
  • ''An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
    An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot:''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Mandalay (l. 13-14). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
  • ''From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see Thy Hand, O God—
    Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. McAndrew's Hymn, The Seven Seas (1896).
  • '''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,
    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.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Naaman's Song. Interpreted as a description of Hollywood.
  • ''The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so!
    To my own Gods I go.
    It may be they shall give me greater ease
    Than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Plain Tales from the Hills, chapter heading to "Lispeth," (1888).

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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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The Widow At Windsor

'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.
(Ow, poor beggars in red!)
There's 'er nick on the cavalry 'orses,
There's 'er mark on the medical stores --
An' 'er troopers you'll find with a fair wind be'ind
That takes us to various wars.

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