"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition."

"A people always ends by resembling its shadow."

"A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty."

"All the people like us are we, and everyone else is They."



"And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!"

"As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place."

"Asia is not going to be civilised after the methods of the West. There is too much Asia and she is too old."

"But remember, please, the Law by which we live,
We are not built to comprehend a lie,
We can neither love nor pity nor forgive,
If you make a slip in handling us you die!
We are greater than the Peoples or the Kings—
Be humble, as you crawl beneath our rods!—
Our touch can alter all created things,
We are everything on earth—except The Gods!"

"Cities and Thrones and Powers,
Stand in Time's eye,
Almost as long as flowers,
Which daily die:
But, as new buds put forth
To glad new men,
Out of the spent and unconsidered Earth,
The Cities rise again."

"Enough work to do, and strength enough to do the work."

"Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run."

"For all we take we must pay, but the price is cruel high."

"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."

"God gave all men all earth to love,
But since our hearts are small,
Ordained for each one spot should prove
Belovèd over all."

"He travels the fastest who travels alone."

"He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors."

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble."

"I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me."

"I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob."

"I keep six honest serving-men:
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who."

"I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards."

"If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied."

"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."

"If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same."

"If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it..."

"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise."

"If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!"

"It was our fault, and our very great fault—and now we must turn it to use.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse."

"Men, not children or servants, tempered and taught to the end;
Cleansed of servile panic, slow to dread or despise,
Humble because of knowledge, mighty by sacrifice."

"More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies."

"No easy hope or lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul."

"Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die."

"Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears."

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

"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, though they come from the ends of the earth!"

"Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.

"The world is very lovely, and it's very horrible — and it doesn't care about your life or mine or anything else."

"There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
And every single one of them is right!

"There be triple ways to take, of the eagle or the snake,
Or the way of a man with a maid;

"There is no sin so great as ignorance. Remember this."

"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse."

We know that the tail must wag the dog, for the horse is drawn by the cart;
But the Devil whoops, as he whooped of old: “It's clever, but is it Art?”

"We're all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding."

"When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it—lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall put us to work anew!"

"When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey."

Winds of the World, give answer! They are whimpering to and fro—
"And what should they know of England who only England know?"

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."

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