Joseph Rudyard Kipling, 1865 - 1936
Born: 30 December 1862, Bombay (Mumbai), India
Died: 18 January 1936, London, England
Kipling was the son of the headmaster of a school at Bombay (Mumbai). At five the boy was sent to 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, the first English-language author and still the youngest to receive that award.
My personal favorite is the advice a wise Norman baron gave his son for dealing with his Saxon subjects. If you are fond 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 online in our Specials section: Norman and Saxon.
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- A boy of to-day is affected by every change of tone and gust of opinion, so that he lies even when he desires to speak the truth. permalink
- A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition. permalink
- A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower. permalink
- A people always ends by resembling its shadow. permalink
- A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty. permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "Three And - An Extra" Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)
- After violent emotion most people and all boys demand food. permalink
- All gods have good points, just as have all priests. Personally, I attach much importance to Hanuman, and am kind to his people: the great gray apes of the hills. One never knows when one may want a friend. permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "The Mark of the Beast" Life's Handicap (1891)
- All the people like us are We,
And everyone else is They. permalink
- All we have of freedom
all we use or know
This our fathers bought for us,
long and long ago. permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "The Old Issue"
- An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. permalink
- 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. permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "Dane-Geld"
- 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?" permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "The Conundrum of the Workshops" (1890)
- And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south
With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth;
Four things greater than all things are
Women and Horses and Power and War permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "Ballad of the King's Jest"
- As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! permalink
Rudyard Kipling - "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919)
- Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. permalink
Rudyard Kipling - The Man Who Was (1891)
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