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Rudyard Kipling
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An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Rudyard Kipling
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If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine o mother o' mine. Rudyard Kipling
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I have stated it plain, an' my argument's thus ( It's all one, says the Sapper) There's only one Corps which is perfect - that's us; An' they call us Her Majesty's Engineers, With the rank and pay of a Sapper! Rudyard Kipling
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Never praise a sister to a sister, in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears. Rudyard Kipling
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... he became an officer and a gentleman, which is an enviable thing; Rudyard Kipling
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When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace. They swore, if we gave Them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed They sold us, and delivered us, bound, to our foe, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know." Rudyard Kipling
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For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty. Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man; But it takes a very clever woman to manage a fool. I never made a mistake in my life; At least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards Rudyard Kipling
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San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people, whose women are of a remarkable beauty. Rudyard Kipling
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Let each man be judged by his deeds, I have paid my price to live with myself on the terms that I willed. Rudyard Kipling
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I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who. Rudyard Kipling
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There was an old man of Quebec, Who was buried in snow to his neck. When asked. Rudyard Kipling
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Follow the Romany Patteran Sheer to the Austral light, Where the bosom of God is the wild west wind, Sweeping the sea floors white. Rudyard Kipling
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For it's Tommy this an' Tommy that, an' Chuck 'im out, the brute! But it's Savior of 'is country, when the guns begin to shoot. Rudyard Kipling
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The masterless man... afflicted with the magic of the necessary words... Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of the hearers. Rudyard Kipling
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A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke. Rudyard Kipling
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And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose, And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows... Rudyard Kipling
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Four things greater than all things are Women and horses and power and War. Rudyard Kipling
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It thrilled through him when he first felt the keel answer to his hand on the spokes and slide over the long hollows as the foresail scythed back and forth against the blue sky. Rudyard Kipling
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Doctors have been exposed-you always will be exposed-to the attacks of those persons who consider their own undisciplined emotions more important than the world's most bitter agonies-the people who would limit and cripple and hamper research because they fear research may be accompanied by a little pain and suffering. Rudyard Kipling
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San Francisco has only one drawback-'tis hard to leave. Rudyard Kipling
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Nations have passed away and left no traces, And history gives the naked cause of it - One single simple reason in all cases; They fell because their peoples were not fit. Rudyard Kipling
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The masterless man . . . afflicted with the magic of the necessary words. . . . Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of the hearers. Rudyard Kipling
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When man has come to the Turnstiles of Night, all the creeds in the world seem to him wonderfully alike and colorless. Rudyard Kipling
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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. [...] Yours is the Earth and every thing that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a man, my son! Rudyard Kipling
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It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation, To puff and look important and to say:- 'Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you. We will therefore pay you cash to go away.' 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. Rudyard Kipling
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East of Suez, some hold, the direct control of Providence ceases; Man being there handed over to the power of the Gods and Devils of Asia, and the Church of England Providence only exercising an occasional and modified supervision in the case of Englishmen. Rudyard Kipling
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We have done with Hope and Honour, we are lost to Love and Truth, We are dropping down the ladder rung by rung, And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth. God help us, for we knew the worst too young! Rudyard Kipling
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If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! Rudyard Kipling
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For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one. Rudyard Kipling
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The white moth to the closing vine, The bee to the open clover, And the Gypsy blood to the Gypsy blood Ever the wide world over. Rudyard Kipling
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Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was-like eating an egg without salt. Rudyard Kipling
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I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers. Rudyard Kipling
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Meddling with another man's folly is always thankless work. Rudyard Kipling
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Ship me somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst, Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raisea thirst. Rudyard Kipling
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This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures. Rudyard Kipling
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Then it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' Tommy 'ows yer soul? But it 's Thin red lines of 'eroes when the drums begin to roll. Rudyard Kipling
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What is the flag of England? Ye have but my breath to dare, Ye have but my waves to conquer. Go forth, for it is there. Rudyard Kipling
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He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that fire-breathing dragon, hold the Punjab, for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot. Rudyard Kipling
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Make ye no truce with Adam-zad - the Bear that walks like a man. Rudyard Kipling
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For agony and spoil Of nations beat to dust, For poisoned air and tortured soil And cold, commanded lust, And every secret woe The shuddering waters saw - Willed and fulfilled by high and low - Let them relearn the Law. Rudyard Kipling
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My brother kneels, so saith Kabir, To stone and brass in heathen-wise But in my brother's voice I hear My own unanswered agonies. His God is as his fates assign His prayer is all the world's - and mine. Rudyard Kipling
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Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs. Rudyard Kipling
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How can you do anything until you have seen everything,or as much as you can? Rudyard Kipling
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In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all, By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul; But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: 'If you don't work you die.' Rudyard Kipling
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There are few things sweeter in this world than the guileless, hotheaded, intemperate, open admiration of a junior. Even a woman in her blindest devotion does not fall into the gait of the man she adores, tilt her bonnet to the angle at which he wears his hat, or interlard her speech with his pet oaths. Rudyard Kipling
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There aren't twelve-hundred people in the world who understand pictures. The others pretend and don't care. Rudyard Kipling
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An angry skipper makes an unhappy crew. Rudyard Kipling
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Ah! What avails the classic bent And what the cultured word, Against the undoctored incident That actually occurred? And what is Art whereto we press Through paint and prose and rhyme- When Nature in her nakedness Defeats us every time? Rudyard Kipling
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Tis beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just IT. Some women will stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street. Rudyard Kipling
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Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made By singing 'Oh how wonderful' and sitting in the shade, While better men than we go out, and start their working lives By grubbing weeds from garden paths with broken dinner knives. Rudyard Kipling
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I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth. Rudyard Kipling
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I wasted my substance, I know I did, on riotous living, so I did, but there's nothing on record to show I did more than my betters have done. Rudyard Kipling
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Still stands thine ancient sacrifice - An humble and a contrite heart. Rudyard Kipling
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Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget! Rudyard Kipling
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Funny how the new things are the old things. Rudyard Kipling
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He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart. Rudyard Kipling
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A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition Rudyard Kipling
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We be of one blood, ye and I Rudyard Kipling
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Men, not children or servants, tempered and taught to the end; Cleansed of servile panic, slow to dread or despise, Humble because of knowledge, mighty by sacrifice. Rudyard Kipling
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There's a Legion that never was 'listed, That carries no colours or crest, But, split in a thousand detachments, Is breaking the road for the rest. Rudyard Kipling
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I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards. Rudyard Kipling
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I have my own matches and sulphur, and I'll make my own hell. Rudyard Kipling
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San Francisco has only one drawback-"tis hard to leave. Rudyard Kipling
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Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money. Rudyard Kipling
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No one as yet has approached the management of New York in a proper spirit; that is to say, regarding it as the shiftless outcome of squalid barbarism and reckless extravagance. No one is likely to do so, because reflections on the long narrow pig-trough are construed as malevolent attacks against the spirit and majesty of the American people, and lead to angry comparisons. Rudyard Kipling
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I worked like a horse and I ate like a hog and I slept like a dead man. Rudyard Kipling
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Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Rudyard Kipling
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If I was damned of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine. Rudyard Kipling
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Every nation, like every individual, walks in a vain show-else it could not live with itself- but I never got over the wonder of a people who, having extirpated the aboriginals of their continent more completely than any modern race had ever done, honestly believed that they were a godly little New England community, setting examples to brutal mankind. Rudyard Kipling
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If once you have paid him the Danegeld You never get rid of the Dane. Rudyard Kipling
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