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Then he jumped. The head was lying a little clear of the water jar, under the curve of it; and, as his teeth met, Rikki braced his back against the bulge of the red earthenware to hold down the head. -- Rudyard Kipling
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His line was the jocundly-sentimental Wardour Street brand of adventure, told in a style that exactly met, but never exceeded, every expectation. -- Rudyard Kipling
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At two o'clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen,
You will hear the feet of the Wind that is going to call the sun.
And the trees in the Shadow rustle and the trees in the moonlight glisten,
And though it is deep, dark night, you feel that the night is done. -- Rudyard Kipling
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They gave him a little piece of raw meat. Rikki-tikki liked it immensely, and when it was finished he went out into the veranda and sat in the sunshine and fluffed up his fur to make it dry to the roots. Then he felt better. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One can't prescribe books, even the best books, to people unless one knows a good deal about each individual person. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Never ask a man his opinion of a woman's dress when he is desperately and abjectly in love with the wearer. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There was a young man of Quebec
Who was frozen in snow to his neck,
When asked, 'Are you Friz?'
He replied, 'Yes I is,
But we don't call this cold in Quebec.' -- Rudyard Kipling
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And the first rude sketch that the world has seen
was joy to his mighty heart,
Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, It's pretty, but is it art? -- Rudyard Kipling
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It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity. The motto of all the mongoose family is "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose. -- 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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If you can wait and not be tired of waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies. Or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Who has delivered us, who? Tell me his nest and his name. Rikki, the valiant, the true, Tikki, with eyeballs of flame, Rikk-tikki-tikki, the ivory-fanged, the hunter with eyeballs of flame! -- Rudyard Kipling
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And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins, when all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins. -- Rudyard Kipling
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[A Buddhist monk on a pilgrimage speaks to a museum curator.]
And I come here alone. For five
seven
eighteen
forty years it was in my mind that the old Law was not well followed; being overlaid, as thou knowest, with devildom, charms, and idolatry ... '
So it comes with all faiths. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Hear what little Red-Eye saith: Nag, come up and dance with death! -- Rudyard Kipling
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More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies. -- Rudyard Kipling
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What stands if freedom fall? -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you ... The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.
Rudyard Kipling -- Rudyard Kipling
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Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade. -- Rudyard Kipling
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That was our first step toward better acquaintance. He would call on me sometimes in the evenings instead of running about London with his fellow-clerks; and before long, speaking of himself as a -- Rudyard Kipling
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Hunting Verse - Feet that make no noise; eyes that can see in the dark; ears that can hear the winds in their lairs, and sharp white teeth, all -- Rudyard Kipling
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When the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him. -- Rudyard Kipling
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He will kill mice and he will be kind to babies ... but when the moon gets up and the night comes, he is the Cat that Walks by Himself. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And when the moon gets up and night comes, he is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him. Then he goes out to the Wet Wild Woods or up the Wet Wild Trees or on the Wet Wild Roofs, waving his wild tail and walking by his wild lone. -- 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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Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink -- Rudyard Kipling
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- and you'll remember, when they ask you your religion, that you're a Cath'lic. Better say Roman Cath'lic, tho' I'm not fond of the word. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Guns, Thank God, The Guns ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Anything from Kipling -- Rudyard Kipling
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For it's "guns this" and "guns that," and "chuck 'em out, the brutes," But they're the "Savior of our loved ones" when the thugs begin to loot. -- Rudyard Kipling
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TWENTY bridges from Tower to Kew -
Wanted to know what the River knew,
Twenty Bridges or twenty-two,
For they were young, and the Thames was old
And this is the tale that River told: -- Rudyard Kipling
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You may talk o' gin and beer When you're quartered safe out 'ere, An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it; But when it comes to slaughter You will do your work on water, An' you'll lick the bloomin' boots of 'im that's got it. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One man in a thousand will stick closer than a brother, but the thousandth man will stand by your side, to the gallows foot and after. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The big man had been wakened by the noise, and had fired both barrels of a shotgun into Nag just behind the hood. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye. -- Rudyard Kipling
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My heart is so tired -- Rudyard Kipling
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Across a world where all men grieve
And grieving strive the more,
The great days range like tides and leave
Our dead on every shore. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can meet success and failure and treat them both as impostors, then you are a balanced man, my son. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with -- Rudyard Kipling
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It's clever, but is it art? -- Rudyard Kipling
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Yet there be certain times in a young man's life, when, through great sorrow or sin, all the boy in him is burnt and seared away so that he passes at one step to the more sorrowful state of manhood -- Rudyard Kipling
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It's always best to tell the truth. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A DEAD STATESMAN
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?
from EPITAPHS OF THE WAR 1914-18 -- Rudyard Kipling
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Here the voice told him truthfully what sort of wife he had wedded, and what she was doing in his absence. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Huh! It is only a pahari," said Kim over his shoulder. "Since when have the hill-asses owned all Hindustan?"
The retort was a swift and brilliant sketch of Kim's pedigree for three generations. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Only the keeper sees
that,where the ring-dove broods
and the badgers roll at ease,
there was once a road through the woods -- Rudyard Kipling
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We are the opening verse of the opening page of the chapter of endless possibilities. -- Rudyard Kipling
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OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth! -- Rudyard Kipling
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The American has no language, he has a dialect, slang, provincialism, accent and so forth -- Rudyard Kipling
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Like the destroyer, the submarine has created its own type of officer and man with language and traditions apart from the rest of the service, and yet at the heart unchangingly of the Service -- Rudyard Kipling
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And he grew and grew strong as a boy must grow who does not know that he is learning any lessons, and who has nothing in the world to think of except things to eat (23). -- Rudyard Kipling
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Even the tiger runs and hides when little Tabaqui goes mad, for madness is the most disgraceful thing that can overtake a wild creature. We call it hydrophobia, but they call it dewanee - the madness - and run. "Enter, -- Rudyard Kipling
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Madness is the most disgraceful thing that can overtake a wild creature. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ye've a furtive look in your eye - a furtive, sneakin', poachin' look in your eye, that 'ud ruin the reputation of an archangel! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Now whither does THIS trail lead?" Kaa's voice was gentler. "Not a moon since there was a Manling with a knife threw stones at my head and called me bad little tree-cat names, because I lay asleep in the open. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I wish to eat," said Mowgli. "I am a stranger in this part of the jungle. Bring me food, or give me leave to hunt here. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Let them fall Mowgli, they are only tears. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A man-trained boy would have been badly bruised, for the fall was a good fifteen feet, but Mowgli fell as Baloo had taught him to fall, and landed on his feet. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Lie still, little frog. O though Mowgli
for Mowgli the Frog I will call thee
the time will come when thought wilt hunt Shere Khan as he has hunted thee. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Akela, the grim old wolf who had never asked for mercy in his life, gave one piteous look at Mowgli as the boy stood all naked, his long black hair tossing over his shoulders in the light of the blazing branch that made the shadows jump and quiver. -- Rudyard Kipling
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So Mowgli went away and hunted with the four cubs in the jungle from that day on. But he was not always alone, because years afterward he became a man and married.

But that is a story for grown-ups. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ah!" said the troop horse. "That explains it. I can trust Dick." "You could put a whole regiment of Dicks on my back without making me feel any better. I -- Rudyard Kipling
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We're poor little lambs who've lost our way, Baa! Baa! Baa! We're little black sheep who've gone astray, Baa-aa-aa! Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree, Damned from here to Eternity, God ha' mercy on such as we, Baa! Yah! Bah! -- Rudyard Kipling
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You perceive, do you not, that our national fairy tales reflect the inmost desires of the Briton and the Gaul? -- 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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Among the young ravens driven to roost awhile on Graydon's ark was James Andrew Manallace - a darkish, slow northerner of a type that does not ignite, but must be detonated. ("Dayspring Mishandled") -- Rudyard Kipling
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There is no sin greater than ignorance. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Son of Man goes forth to war, A golden crown to gain; His blood-red banner streams afar - Who follows in his train? I -- Rudyard Kipling
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It is not any common earth,
Water or wood or air,
But Merlin's Isle of Gramarye
That you and I will fare. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you want something and don't get it, there are only two reasons. You either really didn't want it, or you tried to bargain over the price. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Also, we will make promise. So long as The Blood endures,
I shall know that your good is mine: ye shall feel that my strength is yours:
In the day of Armageddon, at the last great fight of all,
That Our House stand together and the pillars do not fall. -- Rudyard Kipling
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They are fools who kiss and tell'
Wisely has the poet sung.
Man may hold all sorts of posts
If he'll only hold his tongue. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can wait, and not be tired by waiting ... if you can dream, and not make dreams your master; if you can think, and not make thoughts your aim; if you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same; ... yours is the earth and everything that's in it ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Take up the White Man's burden
send forth the best ye breed
go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need. -- Rudyard Kipling
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On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin'-fishes play, An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer; China 'crost the Bay! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay! -- Rudyard Kipling
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A churel is the peculiarly malignant ghost of a woman who has died in child-bed. She haunts lonely roads, her feet are turned backwards on the ankles, and she leads men to torment. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Irish move to the sound of the guns like salmon to the sea -- Rudyard Kipling
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Now I shall go far and far into the North,
playing the Great Game -- Rudyard Kipling
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Then Kotick roared to the seals: I've done my best for you these five seasons past. I've found you the island where you'll be safe, but unless your heads are dragged off your silly necks you won't believe. I'm going to teach you now. Look out for yourselves! -- Rudyard Kipling
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When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Tabaqui the Jackal must have bitten all these people, he said to himself, -- Rudyard Kipling
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As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! -- Rudyard Kipling
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We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding. -- Rudyard Kipling
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God help us for we knew the worst too young. -- Rudyard Kipling
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When a man does good work out of all proportion to his pay, in seven cases out of nine there is a woman at the back of the virtue.
The two exceptions must have suffered from sunstroke. -- 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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Sing to your fledglings again, -- Rudyard Kipling
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The tiger's roar filled the cave with thunder. Mother Wolf shook herself clear of the cubs and sprang forward, her eyes, like two green moons in the darkness, facing the blazing eyes of Shere Khan. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Bat sets free - The herds are shut in byre and hut For loosed till dawn -- Rudyard Kipling
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One man in a thousand, Solomon says.
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
The Thousandth Man -- Rudyard Kipling
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All the money in the world is no use to a man or his country if he spends it as fast as he makes it. All he has left is his bills and the reputation for being a fool. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The wheel of the world swings through the same phases again and again. -- Rudyard Kipling
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God gives all men all earth to love, but since man's heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove belov?d over all. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Something I owe to the soil that grew
More to the life that fed
But most to Allah who gave me two
Separate sides to my head. -- Rudyard Kipling
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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier. -- 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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A Man can never have too many books, too much red wine or too much ammunition. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Seriously, the Burmese girls are very pretty. -- Rudyard Kipling
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(Sung in honor of Rikki-tikki-tavi) -- Rudyard Kipling
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Well," said Rikki-tikki, and his tail began to fluff up again, "marks or no marks, do you think it is right for you to eat fledglings out of a nest? -- Rudyard Kipling
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(Here Rikki-tikki interrupted, and the rest of the song is lost.) -- Rudyard Kipling
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Nag coiled himself down, coil by coil, round the bulge at the bottom of the water jar, and Rikki-tikki stayed still as death. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Rikki-tikki had a right to be proud of himself. But he did not grow too proud, and he kept that garden as a mongoose should keep it, with tooth and jump and spring and bite, till never a cobra dared show its head inside the walls. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you hit a pony over the nose at the outset of your acquaintance, he may not love you but he will take a deep interest in your movements ever afterwards -- 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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The jungle speaks to me because I know how to listen. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There is but one task for all
One life for each to give.
What stands if Freedom fall?
[For All We Have and Are] -- Rudyard Kipling
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Good Lord! who can account for the fathomless folly of the public? -- Rudyard Kipling
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This is the great world, and I am only Kim. Who is Kim?' He considered his own identity, a thing he had never done before, till his head swam. He was one insignificant person in all this roaring whirl of India, going southward to he knew not what fate. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Payday came and with it beer -- 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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Now Rann the Kite brings home the night That Mang the Bat sets free - The herds are shut in byre and hut For loosed till dawn are we. This is the hour of pride and power, Talon and tush and claw. Oh, hear the call! - Good hunting all That keep the Jungle Law! -- 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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Cities and Thrones and Powers
Stand in Time's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die -- Rudyard Kipling
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Men often do their best work blind, for some one else's sake. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; and here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin in tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When And How And Where and Who. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Shere Khan, the Big One, has shifted his hunting grounds. He will hunt among these hills for the next moon, so he has told me. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I explained as much as I knew of the seal-cutter's way of jadoo; but her argument was much more simple: "The magic that is always demanding gifts is no true magic," said she. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Kim dived into the happy Asiatic disorder which, if you only allow time, will bring you everything that a simple man needs. -- Rudyard Kipling
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But remember please, the Law by which we live, we are not built to comprehend a lie, we can neither love nor pity nor forgive. If you make a slip in handling us you die. -- 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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Each dog barks in his own yard! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Cites and Thrones and Powers
Stand in Time's eye
Which daily die;
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spend and unconsidered Earth,
The cities will rise again -- Rudyard Kipling
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I've taken my fun where I've found it, An' now I must pay for my fun, For the more you 'ave known o' the others The less will you settle to one. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you've 'eard the East a-callin', why you won't 'eed nothin' else.
No! you won't 'eed nothin' else, but them spicy garlic smells, an' the sunshine an' the palm trees, an' the tinkly temple-bells. -- Rudyard Kipling
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elephant's trumpeting -- 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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All good people agree, And all good people say, All nice people, like Us, are We And every one else is They: But if you cross over the sea, Instead of over the way, You may end by (think of it!) looking on We As only a sort of They! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Not getting what you want either means you don't want it enough, or you have been dealing too long with the price you have to pay. -- 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!
from Gentleman Rankers -- Rudyard Kipling
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Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, -- Rudyard Kipling
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Pleasant it is for the Little Tin Gods
When great Jove nods;
But Little Tin Gods make their little mistakes
In missing the hour when great Jove wakes. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Mark my trail... -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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You must learn to forgive a man when he's in love. He's always a nuisance. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There are gems of wondrous brightness
Ofttimes lying at our feet,
And we pass them, walking thoughtless,
Down the busy, crowded street.
If we knew, our pace would slacken,
We would step more oft with care,
Lest our careless feet be treading
To the earth some jewel rare. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If your mirror be broken, look into still water; but have a care that you do not fall in. - Hindu Proverb. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Darzee was a feather-brained little fellow who could never hold more than one idea at a time in his head. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Go softly by that river side Or when you would depart, You'll find its every winding tied; And knotted round your heart. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Stalky,' in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well-considered and wily, as applied to plans of action; and 'stalkiness' was the one virtue Corkran toiled after. -- Rudyard Kipling
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An increasing cackle of complaints, orders, and jests, and what to a European would have been bad language, came from behind the curtains. Here was evidently a woman used to command. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I saw the infernal Thing blocking my path in the twilight. The dead travel fast, and by short cuts unknown to ordinary coolies. I laughed aloud a second time, and checked my laughter suddenly, for I was afraid I was going mad. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. -- 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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Any fool can waste, any fool can muddle, but it takes something of a man to save, and the more he saves the more of a man does it make of him. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If England was what England seems, And not the England of our dreams; But only putty, brass, and paint, 'Ow we'd chuck 'er- but she ain't! -- Rudyard Kipling
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I am more likely to give help than to ask it" - Bagheera stretched out one paw and admired the steel-blue, ripping-chisel talons at the end of it - "still I should like to know. -- 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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He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Remember, Bagheera loved thee," he cried, and bounded away. At the foot of the hill he cried again long and loud, "Good hunting on a new trail, Master of the Jungle! Remember, Bagheera loved thee. -- Rudyard Kipling
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His nickname through all the wards was ' Little Friend of all the World'; and very often, being lithe and inconspicuous, he executed commissions by night on the crowded housetops for sleek and shiny young men of fashion. It was intrigue, of course. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Funny how the new things are the old things. -- Rudyard Kipling
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No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. -- Rudyard Kipling
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They will come back, come back again,
As long as the red earth rolls.
He never wasted a leaf or a tree.
Do you think he would squander souls? -- Rudyard Kipling
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As the dawn comes up like thunder. -- 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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No doubt but ye are the People - absolute, strong and wise;
Whatever your hear has desired ye have not withheld from your eyes.
On your own heads, in your own hands, the sin and the saving lies! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Though our smoke may hide the Heavens from your eyes, It will vanish and the stars will shine again, Because, for all our power and weight and size, We are nothing more than children of your brain! -- Rudyard Kipling
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The toad beneath the harrow knows
Where every separate tooth-point goes ;
The butterfly upon the road
Preaches contentment to that toad. -- 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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Once there was The People - Terror gave it birth. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Meddling with another man's folly is always thankless work. -- Rudyard Kipling
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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. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Directly in front of him, holding on by a low branch, stood a naked brown baby who could just walk - as soft and as dimpled a little atom as ever came to a wolf's cave at night. He looked up into Father Wolf's face, and laughed. -- Rudyard Kipling
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But till we are built like angels, with hammer and chisel and pen, we will work for ourself and a woman, forever and ever, Amen. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And there's never a law of God or man runs north of Fifty-three. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Brother to a Prince and fellow to a beggar if he be found worthy. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets. -- Rudyard Kipling
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He was a mongoose, rather like a little cat in his fur and his tail, but quite like a weasel in his head and his habits. -- 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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Holden found one helpless little hand that closed feebly on his finger. And the clutch ran through his body till it settled about his heart. Till then his sole thought had been for Ameera. He began to realise that there was some one else in the world, ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Asia is not going to be civilised after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me. -- Rudyard Kipling
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We never pay anyone Dane-geld, no matter how trifling the cost. For the end of that game is oppression and shame and the nation that plays it is lost! -- Rudyard Kipling
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All the people like us are we, and everyone else is they. -- 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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Who has smelled the woodsmoke at twilight, who has seen the campfire burning, who is quick to read the noises of the night? -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man! -- Rudyard Kipling
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No need to listen for the fall. This is the world's end. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A Time For Prayer "In times of war and not before, God and the soldier we adore. But in times of peace and all things righted, God is forgotten and the soldier slighted." -Rudyard Kipling -- Rudyard Kipling
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They talk o' rich folks bein' stuck up and genteel, but for iron-clad pride o' respectability there's nowt like poor chapel folk. Why, 'tis as cold as the wind on Greenhow Hill
aye, and colder, too, for 'twill never change. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One day, a high summer flood washed him out of the burrow where he lived with his father and mother, and carried him, kicking and clucking, down a roadside ditch. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Akela, the great gray Lone Wolf, who led all the Pack by strength and cunning, lay out at full length on his rock, and below him sat forty or more wolves of every size and color, from badger-colored veterans who could handle a buck alone to young black three-year-olds who thought they could. The -- Rudyard Kipling
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You must not forget the suspenders, Best Beloved. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Body and spirit, I surrendered whole, To harsh Instructors- and received a soul. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Promised his love to keep her quiet - that he had never -- Rudyard Kipling
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The world is very lovely, and it's very horrible
and it doesn't care about your life or mine or anything else. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Whimper in the dark, and knew that Vixen had found me at last. She knew as well as I did that if there is one thing in the world the elephant is more afraid of than another it is a little barking dog. So she -- Rudyard Kipling
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He became an officer and a gentleman, which is an enviable thing; -- Rudyard Kipling
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One of the beauties of Jungle Law is that punishment settles all scores. There is no nagging afterward. -- Rudyard Kipling
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As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race ... and the hearts of the meanest were humbled. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Thou art of the Jungle and not of the Jungle. And I am only a black panther. But I love thee, Little Brother. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Or ever the knightly years were gone With the old world to the grave, -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have seen something of this world," she said over the trays, "and there are but two sorts of women in it
those who take the strength out of a man, and those who put it back. Once I was that one, and now I am this. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, -- 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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The American does not drink at meals as a sensible man should. Indeed, he has no meals. He stuffs for ten minutes thrice a day. -- Rudyard Kipling
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As he held he closed his jaws tighter and tighter, for he made sure he would be banged to death, and, for the honor of his family, he preferred to be found with his teeth locked. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The camel's hump is an ugly lump,
Which well you might see at the zoo.
But uglier yet is the hump we get,
For having to little to do. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago. The other places don't count. Having seen it, I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages -- Rudyard Kipling
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For the female of the species is more deadly than the male. -- Rudyard Kipling
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To things greater than all things are, The first is Love, and the second War. And since we know not how War may prove, Heart of my heart, let us talk of Love! -- Rudyard Kipling
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I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the Earth and everything in it ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Trees and men do not grow together, -- Rudyard Kipling
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If a man can hear the truth he's spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Better he should be bruised from head to foot by me who love him than that he should come to harm through ignorance, -- Rudyard Kipling
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What is a woman that you forsake her
And the hearth fire and the home acre
To go with that old grey widow-maker? -- Rudyard Kipling
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She walked on and on till she melted out of the picture - like - like a shadow jumping over a candle ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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Words are the most powerful drug used by humankind. -- Rudyard Kipling
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All kinds of magic are out of date and done away with, except in India, where nothing changes in spite of the shiny, top-scum stuff that people call 'civilization. -- 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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Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The others down by the melon bed. Nagaina spun clear round, -- Rudyard Kipling
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Sing to your fledglings again, Mother, oh lift up your head! -- Rudyard Kipling
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But why should I waste wisdom on a river-turtle? -- 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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When a snake misses its stroke, it never says anything or gives any sign of what it means to do next. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Those who only know England know not England. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower. -- 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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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 -- Rudyard Kipling
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A fool lies here who tried to hustle the East. -- Rudyard Kipling
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He spent all that day roaming -- Rudyard Kipling
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Leave him alone, he's as mad as a hatter! -- Rudyard Kipling
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A liar only lies when he hopes to be believed. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Of all the trees that grow so fair Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun
Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Whatever he knows of his weaknesses, Private Mulvaney is wholly ignorant of his strength. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Humble because of knowledge; mighty by sacrifice. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Still stands thine ancient sacrifice - An humble and a contrite heart. -- Rudyard Kipling
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till dawn are we. -- Rudyard Kipling
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(It is an order!), -- Rudyard Kipling
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If any Question why We Died Tell them because our Father's Lied. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And what should they know of England who only England know? -- Rudyard Kipling
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Boil 'em once or twice in hot water, and they'll come as fair as chicken and ham. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I consider in my own mind whether thou art a spirit, sometimes, or sometimes an evil imp, said the lama, smiling slowly. -- Rudyard Kipling
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In the jungle, life and food depend on keeping your temper. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Well, I believe in miracles, so it comes to -- Rudyard Kipling
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Englishmen are not usually softened by appeals to the memory of their mothers. -- Rudyard Kipling
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four tumbling, squealing cubs, -- Rudyard Kipling
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For Kim did nothing with an immense success. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And that lame butcher would have killed him and would have run off to the Waingunga while the villagers here hunted through all our lairs in revenge! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize, and paralyze, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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If I want a crown I must go and hunt it for myself. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Shadow with a bushy tail crossed the threshold and whined: Good luck go with you, O Chief of the Wolves. And good luck and strong white teeth go with noble children that they may never forget the hungry in -- Rudyard Kipling
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The tumalt and shouting dies, The captains and the kings depart. Still stands thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heat. Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget, lest we forget. -- Rudyard Kipling
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When young lips have drunk deep of the bitter waters of hate, suspicion and despair, all the love in the world will not wholly take away that knowledge. Though it may turn darkened eyes for a while to the light, and teach faith where no faith was. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and woman to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers & Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so! To my own Gods I go. It may be they shall give me greater ease than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Holden went to his bungalow and began to understand that he was not alone in the world, and also that he was afraid for the sake of another,
which is the most soul-satisfying fear known to man. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden, You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees That half a proper gardener's work is done upon his knees, So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away! -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Coppersmith is a bird who makes a noise exactly like the beating of a little hammer on a copper pot; and the reason he is always making it is because he is the town crier to every Indian garden, and tells all the news to everybody who cares to listen. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Gentleman-rankers out on the spree, damned from here to Eternity. -- Rudyard Kipling
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To each his own fear'; -- Rudyard Kipling
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Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money. -- Rudyard Kipling
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These two things fight together in me as the snakes fight in the spring. The water comes out of my eyes; yet I laugh while it falls. Why? -- Rudyard Kipling
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You sometimes see a woman who would have made a Joan of Arc in another century and climate, threshing herself to pieces over all the mean worry of housekeeping. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began. But the backbone of the Army is the non-commissioned man! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Anything by Kipling -- Rudyard Kipling
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No printed word, nor spoken plea can teach young minds what they should be. Not all the books on all the shelves - but what the teachers are themselves. -- Rudyard Kipling
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What is this," said the leopard,"that is so 'sclusively dark, and yet so full of little pieces of light? -- Rudyard Kipling
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Each dog barks in its own yard. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Law, as quoted, lays down a fair conduct of life, and one not easy to follow. -- Rudyard Kipling
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What is the moral? Who rides may read. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Dolphin-jump in the air -- Rudyard Kipling
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Well-meanin' man. Did it all for the best." Stalky curled gracefully round the stair-rail. "Head in a drain-pipe. Full confession in the left boot. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Adam was a gardener, and God, who made him, sees that half of all good gardening is done upon the knees. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ts! Ts!" said Kaa, shaking his head to and fro. "I also have known what love is. There are tales I could tell that - "

"That need a clear night when we are all well fed to praise properly," said Bagheera, quickly. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Daughter am I in my mother's house, but mistress in my own. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Politics are not my concern ... They impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Our hearts where they rocked our cradle,
Our love where we spent our toil,
And our faith, and our hope, and our honor,
We pledge to our native soil.
God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Beloved over all. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges
Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go! -- Rudyard Kipling
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We have learned to whittle the Eden Tree to the shape of a surplice peg, We have learned to bottle our parents twain in the yelk of an addled egg. We know that the tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart, But the devil whoops, as he whooped of old; It's clever, but is it art? -- Rudyard Kipling
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'E's all'ot sand an' ginger when alive, An'e's generally shammin' when'e's dead. -- Rudyard Kipling
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O it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and Tommy 'ow's your soul/But it's thin red line of heroes when the drums begin to roll. -- 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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Then the only other creature who is allowed at the Pack Council - Baloo, the sleepy brown bear who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle: old Baloo, who can come and go where he pleases because he eats only nuts and roots and honey - rose upon his hind quarters and grunted. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There is no harm in a man's cub. -- Rudyard Kipling
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For a wolf, no," said Tabaqui, "but for so mean a person as myself a dry bone is a good feast. Who are we, the Gidur-log [the jackal people], to pick and choose?" He scuttled to the back of the cave, where he found the bone of a buck with some meat on it, and sat cracking the end merrily. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Let all who build beware The load, the shock, the pressure Material can bear. So, when the buckled girder Lets down the grinding span, The blame of loss, or murder, Is laid upon the man. Not on the Stuff - the Man! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Beware of overconcern for money, or position, or glory. Someday you will meet a man who cares for none of these things. Then you will know how poor you are. -- 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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Satan himself can't save a woman who wears thirty-shilling corsets under a thirty-guinea costume. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Yes, making mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep ... For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that an' Chuck him out, the brute! But it's Saviour of his country, when the guns begins to shoot! -- Rudyard Kipling
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It does not matter what people think of a man after his death. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I've taken my fun where I've found it. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One of these days, Strickland is going to write a little book on his experiences. That book will be worth buying; and even more, worth suppressing. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Now India is a place beyond all others where one must not take things too seriously - the midday sun always excepted. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make the heartstrings crack. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There's no jealousy in the grave. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Then the Kolokolo Bird said with a mournful cry, Go to the banks of the great, grey-green greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees, and find out. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have been fellow to a beggar again and again under circumstances which prevented either of us finding out whether the other was worthy. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Ay, roar well," said Bagheera, under his whiskers, "for the time will come when this naked thing will make thee roar to another tune, or I know nothing of man. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Bite on the bullet, old man, and don't let them think you're afraid. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The heart of a man to the heart of a maid-
Light of my tents, be fleet-
Morning awaits at the end of the world,
And the world is all at our feet. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have eaten your bread and salt.
I have drunk your water and wine.
The deaths ye died I have watched beside
And the lives ye led were mine. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Delight in the little things. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Where are the fish, though?"
"In the sea they say, in the boats we pray," said Dan, quoting a fisherman's proverb. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One half of my head, from the top of my skull to the cleft of my jaw, hammers, bangs, sizzles while the other half, serene and content, looks on at the agony next door. -- 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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There is no one to touch Jane when you're in a tight place. -- Rudyard Kipling
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speak - a thing he would never have dared to do -- Rudyard Kipling
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There are nine-and-sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, And every single one of them is right. -- Rudyard Kipling
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When little boys have learned a new bad word they are never happy till they have chalked it up on a door. And this also is Literature. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And Kotick curled up his mustache (it was a beauty) and said, I am the only white seal that has ever been born on the beaches, and I am the only seal, black or white, who ever thought of looking for new islands. -- Rudyard Kipling
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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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India is the one place in the world where a man can do as he pleases and nobody asks why; -- Rudyard Kipling
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These are the four that are never content: that have never been filled since the dew began-
Jacala's mouth, and the glut of the kite, and the hands of the ape, and the eyes of Man. -- Rudyard Kipling
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O it's Tommy this, an'Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away": But it's "Thank you, Mister Adkins," when the band begins to play ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Gold is for the mistress -- silver for the maid --
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade."
"Good!" said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
"But Iron -- Cold Iron -- is master of them all. -- Rudyard Kipling
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color, from badger-colored veterans who could handle -- Rudyard Kipling
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I have heard now and again of such a thing, but never in our Pack or in my time," said Father Wolf. "He is altogether without hair, and I could kill him with a touch of my foot. But see, he looks up and is not afraid. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If the aunt of the vicar has never touched liquor, watch out when she finds the Champagne. -- Rudyard Kipling
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When a crew and a captain understand each other to the core, it takes a gale, and more than a gale, to put their ship ashore. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Everyone is more or less mad on one point. -- Rudyard Kipling
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It is not a good fancy,' said the llama. 'What profit to kill men?'
Very little - as I know; but if evil men were not now and then slain it would not be a good world for weaponless dreamers. -- Rudyard Kipling
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War is an ill thing, as I surely know. But 'twould be an ill world for weaponless dreamers if evil men were not now and then slain. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And if somehow my conduct ain't all your fancy paints, why single men in barracks don't grow into plaster saints.. From 'Tommy -- 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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No jury, we knew, could convict a man on the criminal count on native evidence in a land where you can buy a murder-charge, including the corpse, all complete for fifty-four rupees -- Rudyard Kipling
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We had a kettle; we let it leak: Our not repairing made it worse. We haven't had any tea for a week ... The bottom is out of the Universe. -- Rudyard Kipling
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An angry skipper makes an unhappy crew. -- Rudyard Kipling
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At twenty the things for which one does not care a damn should, properly, be many. -- Rudyard Kipling
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He will be our friend for always and always and always. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Literature is a splendid mistress, but a bad wife. -- Rudyard Kipling
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After violent emotion most people and all boys demand food. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Heatherlegh is the dearest doctor that ever was, and his invariable prescription to all his patients is, lie low, go slow, and keep cool. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie. -- 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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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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I am Kim. I am Kim. And what is Kim? His soul repeated it again and again. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And hold on when there's nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: Hold on! -- Rudyard Kipling
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No one thinks of winter when the grass is green. -- Rudyard Kipling
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There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One learns more from a good scholar in a rage than from a score of lucid and laborious drudges. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Enough work to do, and strength enough to do the work. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The Navy is very old and very wise. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A people always ends by resembling its shadow. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Your Gods and my Gods - do you or I know which are the stronger? - Native Proverb. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Never was isle so little, never was sea so lone,
But over the scud and the palm-trees an English flag was flown. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Your new-caught, sullen peoples, / Half-devil and half child. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Many wear the robes, but few walk the Way. The Lama in Kim -- Rudyard Kipling
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This is Burma and it is unlike any land you know about. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Father Wolf ran out a few paces and heard Shere Khan -- Rudyard Kipling
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He travels the fastest who travels alone. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Cat said, 'I am not a friend, and I am not a Servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and I wish to come into your Cave.' -- Rudyard Kipling
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What stands if Freedom fail? What dies of England live? -- Rudyard Kipling
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Well, if I am a man, a man I must become. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity. -- Rudyard Kipling
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What is has been. What will be is no more than a forgotten year striking backward. -- Rudyard Kipling
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My heart is heavy with the things I do not understand. -- Rudyard Kipling
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No man's cub can run with the people of the jungle," howled Shere Khan. "Give -- Rudyard Kipling
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He who rebukes the World is rebuked by the World -- Rudyard Kipling
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A tale from which pieces have been raked out is like a fire that has been poked. One does not know the operation has been performed, but everyone feels the effect. -- 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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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.' -- Rudyard Kipling
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Baloo made one effort to hurry, but had to sit down panting, -- Rudyard Kipling
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Do not weep; for, look you, all Desire is Illusion and a new binding upon the. wheel. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The toad beneath the harrow knows Exactly where each tooth point goes. -- Rudyard Kipling
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For all we take we must pay, but the price is cruel high. -- Rudyard Kipling
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All we have of freedom
All we use or know
This our fathers bought for us
Long and long ago -- Rudyard Kipling
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Winds of the World, give answer! They are whimpering to and fro
And what should they know of England who only England know?
The English Flag, Stanza 1 (1891) -- Rudyard Kipling
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It'is like a book, I think, this bloomin' world. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If men had not this delusion as to the ultra-importance of their own particular employments, I suppose that they would sit down and kill themselves. But their weakness is wearisome, particularly when the listener knows that he himself commits exactly the same sin. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I've never done any cattle-liftin', but it seems to me-e-e that one might just as well be stalky about a thing as not. -- Rudyard Kipling
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We be of one blood, thou and I - -- 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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He who faces no calamity gains no courage. -- 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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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
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Cross that rules the Southern Sky!
Stars that sweep, and turn, and fly
Hear the Lovers' Litany: -
'Love like ours can never die! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Otherwise, he would be far away in the jungle; tasting, touching, seeing, and feeling new things. -- Rudyard Kipling
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What is the Law of the Jungle? Strike first and then give tongue -- Rudyard Kipling
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Be slow to judge for we know little of what has been done and nothing of what has been resisted. -- 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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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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All things considered, there are only two kinds of men in the world: those that stay at home and those that do not. -- Rudyard Kipling
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And the Eldest Magician said, 'How wise are little children who see and are silent! -- Rudyard Kipling
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Thou hast been with the Monkey People - the gray apes - the people without a law - the eaters of everything. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The meaning of my star is war. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Hearts are like horses. They come and they go against bit or spur. -- Rudyard Kipling
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It takes a great deal of Christianity to wipe out uncivilised Eastern instincts, such as falling in love at first sight. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, and it is unsportsmanlike to touch him. -- Rudyard Kipling
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A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, Manling. -- Rudyard Kipling
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chasing silly rose leaves -- Rudyard Kipling
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Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves. -- 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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Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One cannot resist the lure of Africa. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The flannelled fools at the wicket or the mudied oafs at the goals ... -- Rudyard Kipling
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She is intensely human, and lives to look upon life. -- Rudyard Kipling
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However the world pretends to divide itself, there are only two divisions in the world today - human beings and Germans. -- Rudyard Kipling
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They copied all they could copy, But they couldn't copy my mind; And I left them sweatin' and stealin', A year and a half behind. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Till the master of all good workmen shall set us to work anew. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Now, don't be angry after you've been afraid. That's the worst kind of cowardice. -- Rudyard Kipling
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I follow the Law - the Most Excellent Law.' the Lama -- Rudyard Kipling
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Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Chuchundra is a broken-hearted little beast. He whimpers and cheeps all the night, trying to make up his mind to run into the middle of the room. But he never gets there. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Believe the best of everybody. -- 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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Favouritism governed kissage,
Even as it does in this age. -- Rudyard Kipling
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An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you give someone more than they can do, they will do it. If you give them only what they can do, they will do nothing. -- Rudyard Kipling
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One paid for one's knowledge with one's skin. -- Rudyard Kipling
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been lame in one foot from -- Rudyard Kipling
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The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Many religious people are deeply suspicious. They seem, for purely religious purposes, of course, to know more about iniquity than the unregenerate. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Both triumph and disaster are impostors. -- Rudyard Kipling
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If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same. -- Rudyard Kipling
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All sensible men are of the same religion, but no sensible man ever tells. -- Rudyard Kipling
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We be of one blood, ye and I -- Rudyard Kipling
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Follow the dream, and always the dream, and only the dream. -- Rudyard Kipling
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But he couldn't lie if you paid him and he'd starve before he stole. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Know too much, young un," said Billy, "and that is one -- Rudyard Kipling
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For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Every woman knows all about everything. -- Rudyard Kipling
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God He knows we need men more and more in the Game. -- Rudyard Kipling
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To hear is one thing, to know is another. -- Rudyard Kipling
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The wild hawk to the wind-swept sky
The deer to the wholesome wold;
And the heart of a man to the heart of a maid,
As it was in the days of old. -- Rudyard Kipling
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None of the Jungle People like being disturbed. -- Rudyard Kipling
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They did not hang medals, in those days, on all who by accident had heard a gun fired. -- Rudyard Kipling
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Youth had been a habit of hers for so long that she could not part with it. -- Rudyard Kipling
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At two o'clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen,br>You will hear the feet of the Wind that is going to call the sun.br>And the trees in the Shadow rustle and the trees in the moonlight glisten,br>And though it is deep, dark night, you feel that the night is done. -- Rudyard Kipling
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At tw<>ong>oong> <>ong>oong>'cl<>ong>oong>ck in the m<>ong>oong>rning, if y<>ong>oong>u <>ong>oong>pen y<>ong>oong>ur wind<>ong>oong>w and listen,
Y<>ong>oong>u will hear the feet <>ong>oong>f the Wind that is g<>ong>oong>ing t<>ong>oong> call the sun.
And the trees in the Shad<>ong>oong>w rustle and the trees in the m<>ong>oong><>ong>oong>nlight glisten,
And th<>ong>oong>ugh it is deep, dark night, y<>ong>oong>u feel that the night is d<>ong>oong>ne. -- Rudyard Kipling