34 Famous Rudyard Kipling quotes

English poet and author Rudyard Kipling was one of the first masters of the English short story and the first to use the London dialect (used by natives of London, England, the East End) in serious poetry. Here are some Rudyard Kipling quotes.

Short Biography of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born to Alice Kipling (nee Macdonald) and John Lockwood Kipling on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, the Presidential Palace in Bombay, British India. DeForest trained as an artist at one of Frederic Church and Louis Comfort Tiffany’s early business associates and met Rudyard during their honeymoon in India Father Lockwood Kipling. DeForest returned to the United States and began his illustrious career in the arts and crafts, decorating Andrew Carnegie’s Golden Age houses in Indian style, among other things. In 1882, he returned to India and worked as a journalist, writing poems and novels in his spare time.

When Kipling returned to England in 1889, his fame preceded him, and within a year he was hailed as one of the preeminent prose writers of his time. But when his stories were collected into poems such as Barriers to Life (1891) and Barracks Ballads (1892), Kipling replaced Lord Tennyson’s Alfred (1809-1892) as the most popular British author. In addition to numerous short stories and poetry collections such as The Seven Seas (1896), Kipling also published his most famous novels in the 1890s and soon after. Kipling soon found success in his poetry, but he soon became a skilled short story writer for his depictions of the people, history, and culture of his time. 

In his work, Kipling often focuses on the British Empire and its soldiers, although this view of imperialism and native domestication limits his popularity today. He is now best known for The Jungle Book, which inspired many other literary works as well as TV and film adaptations. Rudyard Kipling is a British author whose work includes stories like Just If, and The Jungle Book. While working in India, Rudyard Kipling published a collection of poems and several volumes of short stories, including “The Phantom Rickshaw”, to popular popularity.

Famous Rudyard Kipling Quotes

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”

“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn’t explain away afterwards.”

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

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

“A people always ends by resembling its shadow.”

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

“Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.”

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

“You must learn to forgive a man when he’s in love. He’s always a nuisance.”

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”

“The world is very lovely, and it’s very horrible–and it doesn’t care about your life or mine or anything else.”

“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.”

“Everyone is more or less mad on one point.”

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“There’s no jealousy in the grave.”

“What is the Law of the Jungle? Strike first and then give tongue”

“The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things,”

“Follow the dream, and always the dream, and only the dream.”

“Many wear the robes, but few walk the Way.”

“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.”

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

“Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”

“He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

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“He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

“Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.”

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same.”

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

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

“Humble because of knowledge; mighty by sacrifice.”

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“Most amusements only mean trying to win another person’s money.”

“Be slow to judge for we know little of what has been done and nothing of what has been resisted.”

“Till the master of all good workmen shall set us to work anew.”

“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.”

“He who can reach a child’s heart can reach the worlds heart.”

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“He who can reach a child’s heart can reach the worlds heart.”

“All things considered, there are only two kinds of men in the world: those that stay at home and those that do not.”

“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;!”

“Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.”

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