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Petite Wisdoms:  Joseph Rudyard Kipling
Prolific writer (1865-1936) Kipling was born in Bombay which inspired much of his work. His middle name coming from a lake in Staffordshire where his parents met. They brought him to England for school but he returned to the Lahore Gazette as a prolific journalist at just 16 yo. His writing flourished and the great American author Henry James declared "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius that I have ever known." In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature -the first English writer to receive it and the youngest (41) ever winner at the time.
By any standard Kipling’s writing is outstanding: Jungle Book, Kim, The Man Who Would Be King, Mandalay, Gunga Din, The Gods Of The Copybook Headings, The White Man's Burden, If, etc becoming classics for old and young alike. In memoriam his ashes are kept at Poet’s Corner in the south transept of Westminster Abbey.

Take everything you like seriously -except yourself.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. 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.
The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.
He travels the fastest who travels alone.
This is a brief life but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments and some meaningful adventures.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
Many wear the robes but few walk the Way.

For me Kipling’s is the greatest poem I ever read:
IF.. If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can..  [see If..]

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