25 Foremost Rudyard Kipling Quotes

Last updated on Dec 29th, 2020

25 Foremost Rudyard Kipling Quotes

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. - Rudyard Kipling (The Glory of the Garden Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (The Power of the Dog Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Puck of Pook's Hill Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (For All We Have and Are Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (A Book of Words Quotes)
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Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.Speech, Annual Dinner, Royal College of Surgeons (February 14, 1923)

Hearts are like horses. They come and they go against bit or spur. - Rudyard Kipling (Kim Quotes)
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Hearts are like horses. They come and they go against bit or spur.Chapter VIII, Kim (1901)

We have fed our sea for a thousand years and she calls us, still unfed. - Rudyard Kipling (The Song of the Dead Quotes)
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We have fed our sea for a thousand years and she calls us, still unfed.The Song of the Dead (1893)

All the people like us are We. And every one else is They. - Rudyard Kipling
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All the people like us are We. And every one else is They.We and They, Debits and Credits (1926)

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse. - Rudyard Kipling (The Lesson Quotes)
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We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.The Lesson (1901)

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. - Rudyard Kipling (The Second Jungle Book Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Plain Tales from the Hills Quotes)
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A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.Three and – an Extra, Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)

Heaven send us patience with a man in love! - Rudyard Kipling (The Light that Failed Quotes)
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Heaven send us patience with a man in love!Chapter XIII, The Light that Failed (1891)

Take anything and everything seriously except yourselves. - Rudyard Kipling (A Book of Words Quotes)
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Take anything and everything seriously except yourselves.McGill University, Montreal (October 1907)

There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this. - Rudyard Kipling (Kim Quotes)
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There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.Chapter VII, Kim (1901)

He travels the fastest who travels alone. - Rudyard Kipling (L'Envoi Quotes)
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He travels the fastest who travels alone.L'Envoi, Soldiers Three and other stories (1888)

Now, don't be angry after you've been afraid. That's the worst kind of cowardice. - Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Plain Tales from the Hills Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Kim Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (A Book of Words Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Rewards and Fairies Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Kim Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (If- Quotes)
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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? - Rudyard Kipling (The Light that Failed Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling (Under the Deodars Quotes)
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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. - Rudyard Kipling Quotes
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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)

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Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.No source

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If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.No source

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A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition.No source