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  • Hear and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was: O my Best Beloved, when the tame animals were wild
    (Rudyard Kipling, "Just So Stories")

  • The Man went to sleep in front of the fire ever so happy; but the Woman sat up, combing her hair. She took the bone of the shoulder of mutton - the big fat blade bone - and she looked at the wonderful marks on it, and she threw more wood on the fire, and she made a Magic. She made the first Singing Magic in the world.
    (Rudyard Kipling, "Just So Stories")

  • You must not forget the suspenders, Best Beloved.
    (Rudyard Kipling, "Just So Stories")

  • A black shadow dropped down into the circle. It was Bagheera the Black Panther, inky black all over, but with the panther markings showing up in certain lights like the pattern of watered silk. Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path, for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down.
    (Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Books")

  • I had never seen the jungle. They fed me behind bars from an iron pan till one night I felt that I was Bagheera - the Panther - and no man's plaything, and I broke the silly lock with one blow of my paw and came away; and because I had learned the ways of men, I became more terrible in the jungle than Shere Khan.
    (Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Books")


  • For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • He travels the fastest who travels alone.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • He went through the wild wet woods, waving his wild tail, and walking by his wild lone. But he never told anybody.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • Of all the trees that grow so fair, Old England to adorn, Greater are none beneath the Sun, Than Oak, and Ash and Thorn.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began. But the backbone of the Army is the non-commissioned man.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • The Three in One, the One in Three Not so To my own Gods I go. It may be they shall give me greater ease than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • People say that what we're all seeking is the meaning of life.... I think that what we're really seeking is the experience of being alive.
    (Rudyard Kipling)

  • Tho' I walks with fifty 'ousemaids outer Chelsea to the Strand, An' they talks a lot o' lovin', but wot do they understand
    (Rudyard Kipling)


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