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Quotes of the Day for 30 December 2002 – Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born at Bombay, India on this day in 1865. His father Lockwood Kipling was headmaster of a school there. At age five the boy was sent to boarding school in England, although poor health prevented his attending for several years, and he returned to India at seventeen. He worked as a newspaper writer and editor, turning out short stories and poems on the side. By the time he returned to England in 1889 he was famous for both poetry and satire, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

My personal favorite is Norman and Saxon, the advice a wise Norman baron gave his son for dealing with his Saxon subjects. If you are a fan of the Robin Hood and Ivanhoe legends you will appreciate the wisdom of the advice, and the words move with a rhythm that makes me think of the best of Dr Seuss. It's way too long to include in today's quotes, but I've put the full text of Norman and Saxon online as a bonus at .

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The quotes:

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody - it saves so much trouble.

Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.

The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

All we have of freedom
all we use or know
This our fathers bought for us,
long and long ago.
     - All from Joseph Rudyard Kipling, 1865 - 1936


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