Rudyard Kipling Quotes

When you’re left wounded on Afganistan’s plains and the women come out to cut up what remains, Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, And go to your God like a soldier.

“Soldier, soldier come from the wars, Did aught take ‘arm to my true love?” – “I couldn’t see the fight, for the smoke it lay so white – An’ you’d best go look for a new love.” “Soldier, soldier come from the wars, I’ll up an’ tend to my true love!” – “‘E’s lying on […]

We ain’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too, But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you; An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints, Why single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints.

And a woman is just a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.

The sin ye do two and two and ye must pay for one by one!

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

Build on the flanks of Etna where the sullen smoke-puffs float- Or bath in tropic waters where the lean fin dogs the boat- Cock the gun that is not loaded, cook the frozen dynamite- But oh, beware my Country, when my Country grows polite!

When the Cambrian measures were forming, they promised perpetual peace, They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease. But when we disarmed they sold us and delivered us bound to our foe, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: ‘Stick to the Devil you know.’

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

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, though they come from the ends of the earth!