Rudyard Kipling was born 30 December 1865, and died 18 January 1936
Rudyard Kipling: Nine Quotes
- For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
- Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
- A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
- We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding.
- I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
- If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
- Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
- All the people like us are we, and everyone else is they.
- This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.
Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist remembered for his tales of India, and his stories for children. He was born in Bombay, and is best known for The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, andKim. One of his most famous poems is If.
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Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient.
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The San Francisco Examiner told Kipling, frankly, “I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”
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On June 9th of 1908, as his youngest daughter, 12-year-old Elsie, prepared for a trip to London, author Rudyard Kipling wrote her a letter in which the following list of “rules for Life in London” was included.
Dear Bird,I send you a few simple rules for Life in London.
- Wash early and often with soap and hot water.
- Do not roll on the grass of the parks. It will come off black on your dress.
- Never eat penny buns, oysters, periwinkles or peppermints on the top of a bus. It annoys the passengers.
- Be kind to policemen. You never know when you may be taken up.
- Never stop a motor bus with your foot. It is not a croquet ball.
- Do not attempt to take pictures off the wall of the National Gallery or to remove cases of butterflies from the National History Museum. You will be noticed if you do.
- Avoid late hours, pickled salmon, public meetings, crowded crossings, gutters, water-carts and over-eating.
(Source: O Beloved Kids: Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to His Children; Image: Rudyard Kipling, via Wikimedia.)
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