Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Rudyard Kipling Quotes

  • ''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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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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Hymn Before Action

The earth is full of anger,
The seas are dark with wrath,
The Nations in their harness
Go up against our path:
Ere yet we loose the legions --
Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,
Lord God of Battles, aid!

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