Quotes Rudyard Kipling

Author: Kipling Quotes Category: Equality Quotes English Writer Quotes 'Call a truce, then, to our labors - let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if 'faint and forced the laughter,' and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past.' Rudyard Kipling God Mother's Day He 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.

  1. God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
  2. Rudyard Kipling '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'.

This year is the centenary of the First World War (1914 – 1918) and throughout the year, there are different events being organised around the UK to commemorate one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

The BBC has put together a number of documentaries, TV and radio dramas around what is also known as the Great War. Tomorrow (4 August) marks the day Great Britain declared war on Germany.

So, you may ask what has Rudyard Kipling got to do with the First World War? Apart from being one of the most popular writers in England in the late 19th century and 20th century in both prose and poetry, he was also a staunch supporter of the British Empire. Indeed, in the 21st century he is considered the authentic voice of the life and character of the British Empire.

When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, he played a fundamental role in gathering support for the war effort and encouraging young men to join the military. So entrenched was his belief in the war and Britain’s role in it, he sent his own son who had extremely bad eyesight to war with tragic consequences. It was watching the film about his son, “My Boy Jack” last week that got me thinking of Rudyard Kipling and his literary legacy.

Born and brought up in India, most of Rudyard Kipling’s stories were about British soldiers in India.

His most famous works include, The Jungle Book, the story of a boy, Mowgli, who was raised by a pack of wolves in India; Kim about an orphaned Irish boy living in India and the Just So stories, a collection of fantastic stories for children. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

In today’s post, I’d like to remember Rudyard Kipling through his literature. I’d like to share with you 10 of his quotes that resonate with me. They appeared in his literary works and speeches.

1.“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.” (Kim)

2.“Asia is not going to be civilised after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.”

3.“He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

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

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

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

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7. “We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”

8. “Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.”

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

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

Have you read any of Rudyard Kipling’s stories? What is/are your favourite?

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Rudyard Kipling was an acclaimed English writer, novelist and poet.

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He was drawn towards literature and started writing at a very young age. His experiences in life deeply influenced his works in literature.

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Famous Rudyard Kipling Quotes

Kipling had a vast collection of literary works covering novels, short stories, poems and fables. His first published work titled ‘Plain Tales From The Hills’, was followed by various other books to build his reputation as a writer. His most notable book was ‘The Jungle Book’ which had eight short stories revolving around the main character, Mowgli.

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He was a celebrated writer and his works are highly regarded to this date. And, although his stories bring order to the chaotic world and give a perspective to change the world, he had a troubled personal life. Go through these Rudyard Kipling quotes, where he fascinatingly plays with words to explain some of the important lessons of life!

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