Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

in Bombay, India
December 30, 1865

January 18, 1936



Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me

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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


April 2016 Old School Classic Poll

1869, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
  48 votes, 27.1%

  37 votes, 20.9%

1895, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 310 pages
  23 votes, 13.0%

1897, Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling, 161 pages
  15 votes, 8.5%

  14 votes, 7.9%

1721, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, 339 pages
  13 votes, 7.3%

  11 votes, 6.2%

1778, Evelina by Fanny Burney, 455 pages
  7 votes, 4.0%

  6 votes, 3.4%

1877, Virgin Soil by Ivan Turgenev, 355 pages
  2 votes, 1.1%

  1 vote, 0.6%