Kipling Proverbs

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"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, tho’ they come from the ends of the earth!"
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The Ballad of East and West Written in a poem by Kipling in 1889, it is very often quoted as an example of nationality, or race, being unimportant. Add Category or Author

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"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble" Rudyard Kipling
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"Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours." Rudyard Kipling
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"Call a truce, then to our labors - let us feast with friends and neighbors And be merry as the custom of our caste; For if "faint and forced the laughter," and if sadness follow after, We are richer by one mocking Christmas past" Rudyard Kipling
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"He is the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to him." Rudyard Kipling
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"For the female of the species is more deadly than the male." Rudyard Kipling
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"[Fifty-nine year old Richard Smith, of Sylvania Township, doesn't need a state poet laureate - or someone like Maya Angelou reading a poem at Bill Clinton's 1993 presidential inauguration - to appreciate poetry. He instantly knew his favorite poem:] If ... If you can keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs and blaming it on you." Rudyard Kipling
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"East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet" Rudyard Kipling
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"Prize, oh! Haul! shouted Dan, but the shout ended in a shrill, double shriek of horror, for out of the sea came - the body of the dead Frenchman buried two days before! The hook had caught him under the right armpit, and he swayed, erect and horrible, head and shoulders above water." Rudyard Kipling
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"Four things greater than all things are, - Women and Horses and Power and War" Rudyard Kipling
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"A member of the most ancient profession in the world." Rudyard Kipling
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"Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs." Rudyard Kipling
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"She was as immutable as the hills. But not quite so green." Rudyard Kipling
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"Payday came and with it beer" Rudyard Kipling
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"I keep six honest serving men: They taught me all I knew: Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who" Rudyard Kipling
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"Gardens are not made by singing ""Oh, how beautiful,"" and sitting in the shade." Rudyard Kipling
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"He's an absent-minded beggar, and his weaknesses are great - / But we and Paul must take him as we find him. / He's out on active service, wiping something off a slate - / And he's left a lot of little things behind him!" Rudyard Kipling
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"The deaths ye died I have watched beside, And the lives ye led were mine" Rudyard Kipling
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"Keep ye the Law - be swift in all obedience -/ Clear the land of evil, drive the road and bridge the ford." Rudyard Kipling
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"On the road to Mandalay, / Where the flyin'-fishes play, / An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!" Rudyard Kipling
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". . . an angry skipper makes an unhappy crew . . ." Rudyard Kipling
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