Joseph Rudyard Kipling (born December 30, 1865, Bombay, British India – died January 18, 1936, London, England) was an English short-story writer, poet, novelist, and journalist, mainly known for his tales for children.
Considered one of the most important innovators in the art of short stories, Kipling wrote a whole series of works like The Man Who Would Be King (1888), Gunga Din (1890), The Jungle Book (1894), The White Man’s Burden (1899), Kim (1901), and If— (1910).
In 1907, Kipling received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the first English-language recipient, and at 41, its youngest recipient to date.
Gardens are not made By singing: – “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade.The Glory of the Garden (1911)
Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching that cannot lie.The Power of the Dog, Actions and Reactions (1909)
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth, the Cities rise again.A Centurion of the Thirtieth, Puck of Pook's Hill (1906)
No easy hope or lies shall bring us to our goal, but iron sacrifice of body, will, and soul.For All We Have and Are (1914)
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.Speech, Annual Dinner, Royal College of Surgeons (February 14, 1923)
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.Chapter 2. The Law of the Jungle, The Second Jungle Book (1895)
A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.Three and – an Extra, Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)
Take anything and everything seriously except yourselves.McGill University, Montreal (October 1907)
Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.Her Majesty's Servants, The Jungle Book (1894)
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.Three and - an Extra, Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)
This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.Introduction to the 1988 Edition, Kim (1901)
Fiction is Truth’s elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till someone had told a story.'Fiction,' speech to the Royal Society of Literature (July 7, 1926)
Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours. (trouble)Cold Iron, Rewards and Fairies (1910)
If evil men were not now and then slain it would not be a good world for weaponless dreamers.Chapter III, Kim (1901)
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.If-, Rewards and Fairies (1910)
Who’s the man that says that we’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding?Chapter V, The Light that Failed (1891)
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody. It saves so much trouble.A Second-rate Woman, Under the Deodars (1888)
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To Be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.Interview with Rudyard Kipling by Arthur Gordon (Reader's Digest, June 1935)