Rudyard Kipling

(Joseph Rudyard Kipling)

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… the Russian is a delightful person till he tucks in his shirt. As an Oriental he is charming. It is only when he insists upon being treated as the most easterly of western peoples, instead of the most westerly of easterns, that he becomes a racial anomaly extremely difficult to handle. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
All gods have good points, just as have all priests Religion & God
All we have of freedom—all we use or know. This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago. Freedom & Liberty
As it was in the beginning, Is today official sinning, And shall be forever more. Corruption
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;States. Nations & Nationhood ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, / He travels the fastest who travels alone. Management & Managing Government
Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular. Legislating & Legislative Process
For all we have and are, For all our children’s fate, Stand up and take the war. The Hun is at the gate! Nationalism & Treason ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Citizenship & Patriotism
For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it’s “Saviour of ’is country” when the guns begin to shoot War & Peace
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' “Chuck him out, the brute!” But it's “Saviour of 'is country” when the guns begin to shoot. Military & Veterans
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. Corruption
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
How [can] 9 million people enter into such arrangements as are proposed with 90 million strangers on an open frontier of 4 thousand miles and at the same time preserve their national integrity?.... It is her own soul Canada risks today. Once that soul is pawned for any consideration Canada must inevitably conform to the commercial, legal, financial, social, and ethical standards which will be imposed upon her by the sheer admitted weight of the United States. Foreign Trade
I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago. . . . I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied. War & Peace
It was our fault, and our very great fault — and now we must turn it to use. We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem — for purely religious purposes, of course — to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. Religion & God
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, border, nor breed, nor birth When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Politicians. Little Tin Gods on Wheels. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. Power
Scandals are only increased by hushing them up. Scandals
Take up the white man's burden — Send forth the best ye breed — Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Take up the White Man's burden— In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain, To seek another's profit And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden— The savage wars of peace— Fill All the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Aid
The more we work and the less we talk, the better it will be. If we lean this lesson of imperialism, we will keep our empire. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
The strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack Miscellaneous
The tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is but one task for all -- For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
There is but one task for all— For each one life to give. Who stands if freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
There is but one task for all— One life for each to give. What stands if Freedom fall? Who dies if England live? Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
We have 40 million reasons for our failure but not one excuse. War & Peace
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. Communication & Communications ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate
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.
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They. Equality & Equal Opportunity
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves 'It's pretty, but is it Art?' Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours. Nature
Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.
Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. Religion & God
He travels the fastest who travels alone. Travel
He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Patience
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. History
If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine o mother o' mine.
If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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!'
If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.
It's clever, but is it Art? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs.
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.
San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty. Women
Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. Failure
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. Women