Rudyard Kipling

Poet, Author

1865 – 1936


Who was Rudyard Kipling?

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim, many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King"; and his poems, including "Mandalay", "Gunga Din", "The White Man's Burden" and "If—". He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works are said to exhibit "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius that I have ever known." 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. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.

Famous Quotes:

  • We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
  • Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
  • A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
  • And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.
  • For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State, they arrive at their conclusions -- largely inarticulate. Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none; but sometimes in a smoking room, one learns why things were done.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A man's mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
  • There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; and here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin in tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.

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Dec 30, 1865
Also known as
  • Joseph Rudyard Kipling
  • Kipling; Rudyard
  • Kipling Rudyard
  • Kipling, Rudyard
  • R. Kipling
  • Anglicanism
  • England
  • Westward Ho!
    ( - 1880)
  • United Services College
  • Lahore Civil and Military Gazette
    (1880 - 1889)
Lived in
  • Mumbai
  • Burwash
  • Vermont
    ( - 1899)
Jan 18, 1936
Resting place
Westminster Abbey

on July 23, 2013


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