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Rudyard Kipling Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Rudyard Kipling
  1. #1
    “Now the Law of the Jungle lays down that if there is any dispute as to the right of a cub to be accepted by the Pack, he must be spoken for by at least two members of the Pack who are not his father and mother.”
  2. #2
    “By Red Flower Bagheera meant fire, only no creature in the jungle will call fire by its proper name. Every beast lives in deadly fear of it, and invents a hundred ways of describing it.”
  3. #3
    “Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path.”
  4. #4
    “Ay, roar well,” said Bagheera, under his whiskers; “for the time comes when this naked thing will make thee roar to another tune, or I know nothing of Man.”
  5. #5
    “The man’s cub—the man’s cub? I speak for the man’s cub. There is no harm in a man’s cub. I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth. Let him run with the Pack, and be entered with the others. I myself will teach him.”
  6. #6
    “When a leader of the Pack has missed his kill, he is called the Dead Wolf as long as he lives, which is not long, as a rule.”
  7. #7
    “One of the beauties of Jungle Law is that punishment settles all scores. There is no nagging afterward.”
  8. #8
    “The jungle is shut to me, and I must forget your talk and your companionship; but I will be more merciful than ye are. Because I was all but your brother in blood, I promise that when I am a man among men I will not betray ye to men as ye have betrayed me.”
  9. #9
    “Ye have told me so often to-night that I am a man (though indeed I would have been a wolf with you to my life’s end) that I feel your words are true.”
  10. #10
    “What is the Law of the Jungle? Strike first and then give tongue.”
  11. #11
    “And he grew and grew strong as a boy must grow who does not know that he is learning any lessons, and who has nothing in the world to think of except things to eat.”
  12. #12
    “All the jungle is thine, and thou canst kill everything that thou art strong enough to kill; but for the sake of the bull that bought thee thou must never kill or eat any cattle young or old. That is the Law of the Jungle.”
  13. #13
    “To each his own fear.”
    author
    Rudyard Kipling
    book
    The Jungle Book
    character
    Baloo
    concept
    Fear
  14. #14
    “The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, and it is unsportsmanlike to touch him.”
  15. #15
    “And it is I, Raksha [the Demon], who answer. The man’s cub is mine, Lungri—mine to me! He shall not be killed. He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack; and in the end, look you, hunter of little naked cubs—frog-eater—fish-killer, he shall hunt thee!”
  16. #16
    “Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”
  17. #17
    “To kill a naked cub is shame. Besides, he may make better sport for you when he is grown.”
  18. #18
    “What is it? What is it? . . . Am I dying, Bagheera?”
    “No, Little Brother. Those are only tears such as men use.”
  19. #19
    “Many of the wolves that looked thee over when thou wast brought to the Council first are old too, and the young wolves believe, as Shere Khan has taught them, that a man-cub has no place with the Pack.”
  20. #20
    “And what is a man that he should not run with his brothers? I was born in the jungle; I have obeyed the Law of the Jungle; and there is no wolf of ours from whose paws I have not pulled a thorn. Surely they are my brothers!”
  21. #21
    “The air was full of all the night noises that, taken together, make one big silence.”
  22. #22
    “My heart is heavy with the things that I do not understand.”
  23. #23
    Akela said nothing. He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up—to be killed in his turn.
  24. #24
    “Sorrow never stays punishment. But remember, Bagheera, he is very little.”
  25. #25
    “Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.”
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