For tonight’s Friday Filosophy v.09.24.2021, we are sharing pearls of wisdom from Joseph Rudyard Kipling.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work.
Kipling in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was among the United Kingdom’s most popular writers. Henry James said “Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known.” In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, as the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and at 41, its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and several times for a knighthood, but declined both. Following his death in 1936, his ashes were interred at Poets’ Corner, part of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey.
- God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
- 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.
- The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
- Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
- We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
- The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
- If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
- Heaven, grant us patience with a man in love.
- 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?’
- 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.
- Asia is not going to be civilized after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old.
- A man’s mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
The Time is Now.