Rudyard Kipling Quotes

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Love like ours can never die!
— Rudyard Kipling


You win some and you lose some.
— Rudyard Kipling
It's clever, pretty . . . but is it art?
— Rudyard Kipling
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.


One who rebukes the world is rebuked by the world.
— Rudyard Kipling
Literature is a splendid mistress, but a bad wife.


The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
— Rudyard Kipling


Words are of course, most powerful drug used by mankind.
— Rudyard Kipling
And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.

cigars smoking

All the people like us are We,
And everyone else is They.
— Rudyard Kipling

other people

Deeper than speech our love, stronger than life our tether.
— Rudyard Kipling
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.


A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
— Rudyard Kipling


Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
— Rudyard Kipling If—


The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
— Rudyard Kipling


I always prefer to believe the best of everybody—it saves so much trouble.
— Rudyard Kipling


Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it.
— Rudyard Kipling
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.
— Rudyard Kipling
We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.


If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same.


Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.


Never praise a sister to a sister, in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears.


He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.


I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.
— Rudyard Kipling


The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but there needs a very clever woman to manage a fool!
— Rudyard Kipling
Such a land [British Columbia] is good for an energetic man. It is also not so bad for the loafer.
— Rudyard Kipling


If You can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,... you'll be a Man, my son.
— Rudyard Kipling


Though I've belted you and flayed you, by the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
— Rudyard Kipling
Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it takes a very clever woman to manage a fool.

men and women

Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till somebody had told a story.


I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

asking questions

I keep six honest serving men...they taught me all I know; their names are: what and why and when and how and who and where.
— Rudyard Kipling

asking questions

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,   
    And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!
— Rudyard Kipling If—

fitness health

For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State,
They arrive at their conclusions—largely inarticulate.
Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none:
But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done.

cigars smoking Cigar

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  To be your own man is a hard business.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

individuality struggle

Savings represent much more than mere money value. There are the proof that the saver is worth something in himself. Any fool can waste; any fool can muddle; but it takes something more of a man to save and the more he saves the more of a man he makes of himself. Waste and extravagance unsettle a man's mind for every crisis; thrift, which means some form of self-restraint, steadies it.
— Rudyard Kipling

wealth saving money