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“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling
“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;

If you can wait and not be tired by 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

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son
“He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
Rudyard Kipling, Many Inventions
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”
Rudyard Kipling
“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.”
Rudyard Kipling, Under The Deodars
“We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works
“A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.”
Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills
“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;!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son
“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
“If you can walk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a man my son.”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son
“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Cat That Walked By Himself
“A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition”
Rudyard Kipling
“Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.”
Rudyard Kipling
“I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all i knew); Theirs names are What and Why and When And How And Where and Who.”
Rudyard Kipling
“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
Rudyard Kipling
“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling
“You must learn to forgive a man when he's in love. He's always a nuisance.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed
“Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Rudyard Kipling
“For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
Rudyard Kipling
“Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.”
Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
Rudyard Kipling
“There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this.”
Rudyard Kipling, Kim
“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”
Rudyard Kipling
“The world is very lovely, and it's very horrible--and it doesn't care about your life or mine or anything else.”
Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed
“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.”
Rudyard Kipling, Kim
“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.”
Rudyard Kipling
“My heart is so tired”
Rudyard Kipling
“Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie.”
Rudyard Kipling

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