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 People of the Eastern Ice, they are melting like the snow--
They beg for coffee and sugar; they go where the white men go.
The People of the Western Ice, they learn to steal and fight;
They sell their furs to the trading-post; they sell their souls to
the white.
The People of the Southern Ice, they trade with the whaler's
Their women have many ribbons, but their tents are torn and few.
But the People of the Elder Ice, beyond the white man's ken--

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