And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.
If I were dammed of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, mother o' mine o mother o' mine.
If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! I know whose love would follow me still Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine!
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.
A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.
San Francisco is a mad city - inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.
If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.
A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade.
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They.
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves 'It's pretty, but is it Art?'
When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier.
The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
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!'
Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets.
Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.
Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.
A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago... I urgently desire never to see it again. It is inhabited by savages.
Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.
Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, / And - every - single - one - of- them - is - right!
The place was packed as full of smells as a bale is of cotton.
She was as immutable as the hills. But not quite so green.
Oh, where are you going to, all you Big Steamers, / With England's own coal, up and down the salt seas?
No doubt but ye are the People - your throne is above the King's. / Whoso speaks in your presence must say acceptable things.
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears
Of all the trees that grow so fair, / Old England to adorn, / Greater are none beneath the Sun, / Than Oak and Ash and Thorn.
Now this is the Law of the Jungle - as old and as true as the sky.
Politics are not my concern . . . They impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies.
On the road to Mandalay, / Where the flyin'-fishes play, / An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!
But a fool must follow his natural bent / (Even as you and I!).
If blood be the price of admiralty, / Lord God, we ha' paid in full!
He who rebukes the world is rebuked by the world
Have it jest as you've a mind to, but I've proved it time on time, / If you want to change her nature you have got to give her lime.
He is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist...