Rudyard Kipling

English author of novels and poetry who was born in India (1865-1936)

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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 meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same . . . Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.
On the road to Mandalay Where the flyin' fishes play, An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the bay.
Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.
A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
All the people like us are we, And everyone else is They.
All we have of freedom -- all we use or know -- This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.
Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels fastest who travels alone.
Every woman knows all about everything.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions -- largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.
Funny how the new things are the old things.
He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody - it saves so much trouble.
I kep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew) Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run— Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And—you'll be a Man, my son!
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them 'Hold on'
More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies.
Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.
Once there was The People - Terror gave it birth Once there was The People, and it made a hell of earth Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, oh, ye slain Once there was The People - it shall never be again
Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
The sin they do two by two they must pay for one by one.
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.
There is no sin greater than ignorance.
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.
There's no jealousy in the grave.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
What you do when you don't have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.
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 and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

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