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


Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.


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.


Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;

And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die. As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back -- For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity.


The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.


Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs.


Who has smelled the woodsmoke at twilight, who has seen the campfire burning, who is quick to read the noises of the night?


For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


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.


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


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.


About Rudyard Kipling

Quotes 307 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

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


The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye.


Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.


If you can meet success and failure and treat them both as impostors, then you are a balanced man, my son.


Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.


Oh East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.


God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.


We are the opening verse of the opening page of the chapter of endless possibilities.


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


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


We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.


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.


This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.


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.


San Francisco has only one drawback—‘tis hard to leave.


No one thinks of winter when the grass is green.


Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.


The Guns, Thank God, The Guns.


When the Man waked up he said, 'What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.'


Believe the best of everybody.


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


More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies.


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!


Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.


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.


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!


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


Payday came and with it beer


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!


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.


...he will be our friend for always and always and always.


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.


If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.


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


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


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


Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.

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