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Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)


  • ''A people always ends by resembling its shadow.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Maurois, The Art of Writing, "The Writer's Craft," sct. 2 (1960). Said to author and critic André Maurois c. 1930, on the subject of the transformation of Germany.
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  • ''Power without responsibility—the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in The Kipling Journal (Dec. 1971). The quotation is often ascribed to British prime minister Stanley Baldwin, Kipling's cousin. Baldwin used the words in a speech, Mar. 17, 1931, attacking press barons Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere, whose newspapers he called "engines of propaganda."
  • ''Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Times (London, Feb. 15, 1923), speech, Feb. 14, 1923.
  • ''And what should they know of England who only England know?''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The English Flag, l. 2, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
  • ''For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Female of the Species," Rudyard Kipling's Verse (1919).
  • ''He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "The Finest Story in the World," Many Inventions (1893).
  • ''San Francisco is a mad city—inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. American Notes (1891).
  • ''Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.''
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Life's Handicap, "The Man Who Was," (1891).
  • '''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.

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The First Chantey

Mine was the woman to me, darkling I found her;
Haling her dumb from the camp, took her and bound her.
Hot rose her tribe on our track ere I had proved her;
Hearing her laugh in the gloom, greatly I loved her.

Swift through the forest we ran; none stood to guard us,
Few were my people and far; then the flood barred us --
Him we call Son of the Sea, sullen and swollen.
Panting we waited the death, stealer and stolen.

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