Rudyard Kipling Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

... he became an officer and a gentleman, which is an enviable thing; Rudyard Kipling

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

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

San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people, whose women are of a remarkable beauty. Rudyard Kipling

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

I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who. Rudyard Kipling

There was an old man of Quebec, Who was buried in snow to his neck. When asked. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose, And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows... Rudyard Kipling

Four things greater than all things are Women and horses and power and War. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

San Francisco has only one drawback-'tis hard to leave. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

When man has come to the Turnstiles of Night, all the creeds in the world seem to him wonderfully alike and colorless. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

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

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke. Rudyard Kipling

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

Being kissed by a man who didn't wax his moustache was-like eating an egg without salt. Rudyard Kipling

I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers. Rudyard Kipling

Meddling with another man's folly is always thankless work. Rudyard Kipling

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

This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

Make ye no truce with Adam-zad - the Bear that walks like a man. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

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

An angry skipper makes an unhappy crew. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

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

I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth. Rudyard Kipling

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

Still stands thine ancient sacrifice - An humble and a contrite heart. Rudyard Kipling

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget! Rudyard Kipling

Funny how the new things are the old things. Rudyard Kipling

He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart. Rudyard Kipling

A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition Rudyard Kipling

We be of one blood, ye and I Rudyard Kipling

I have my own matches and sulphur, and I'll make my own hell. Rudyard Kipling

San Francisco has only one drawback-"tis hard to leave. Rudyard Kipling

Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money. Rudyard Kipling

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

I worked like a horse and I ate like a hog and I slept like a dead man. Rudyard Kipling

Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Rudyard Kipling

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

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

If once you have paid him the Danegeld You never get rid of the Dane. Rudyard Kipling

The overfaithful sword returns the user His heart's desire at price of his heart's blood. Rudyard Kipling

Five and twenty ponies Trotting through the dark- Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk. Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie- Watch the wall, my darling, while the gentlemen go by! Rudyard Kipling

The tumult and the shouting dies; The Captains and the Kings depart; Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart. Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget! Rudyard Kipling

Take your friend away. He has done with Hanuman, but Hanuman has not done with him. Rudyard Kipling

An' I learned about women from 'er. Rudyard Kipling

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay! Rudyard Kipling

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. Rudyard Kipling

Four things greater than all things are,- Women and Horses and Power and War. Rudyard Kipling

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