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RUDYARD KIPLING
English writer of prose and verse
(1865 - 1936)
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A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
      - [Women]

All the people like us are we,
  And everyone else is They.
      - [People]

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.
      - [Trouble]

Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
      - [Effort]

For it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go outside,"
  But it 's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper 's on the tide.
      - [Soldiers]

If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.
      - [Want]

"Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
  Lest we forget--lest we forget!
      - [Thanksgiving Day]

Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.
      - [Amusements]

Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears.
      - [Praise]

O it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away,"
  But it 's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.
      - [Soldiers]

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
      - [Fear]

Payday came and with it beer.
      - [Drinking]

Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
      - [Cleverness]

Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.
      - [Joy]

The masterless man . . . afflicted with the magic of the necessary words. . . . Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of the hearers.
      - in a speech at the Royal Academy Banquet, London
        [Words]

Then it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy 'ows yer soul?"
  But it 's "Thin red lines of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
      - [Soldiers]

This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
      - [Inheritance]

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

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
      - [Failure]

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

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long, that she could not part with it.
      - [Youth]

And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south
  With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth;
    Four things greater than all things are--
      Women and Horses and Power and War.
      - Ballad of the King's Jest [Talk]

E'en as he trod that day to God,
  So walked he from his birth,
    In simpleness, and gentleness and honor
      And clean mirth.
      - Barrack-Room Ballads
         (dedication to Wolcott Balestier)
        [Character]

For the colonel's lady an' Judy O'Grady,
  Are sisters under their skins.
      - Barrack-Room Ballads (introduction)
        [Equality]

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet
  Till earth and sky stand presently at God's great judgment seat;
    But there is neither East nor West, border nor breed nor birth
      When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!
      - Barrack-Room Ballads--Ballad of East and West
        [Character]


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