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Rudyard Kipling
(30 Dec 1865 - 18 Jan 1936)

British novelist and poet who was awarded the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is famous for his books, The Jungle Book (1894) and Just So Stories (1902), but also wrote hundreds of short stories and many hundreds of pages of verse. His most-loved poem, If (1910), begins, "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you...")

Science Quotes by Rudyard Kipling (7 quotes)

Doctors have been exposed—you always will be exposed—to the attacks of those persons who consider their own undisciplined emotions more important than the world's most bitter agonies—the people who would limit and cripple and hamper research because they fear research may be accompanied by a little pain and suffering.
— Rudyard Kipling
Doctors (1908), 28-9.
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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.
— Rudyard Kipling
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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.
— Rudyard Kipling
In 'If', Rewards and Fairies (1910), 182.
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The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
— Rudyard Kipling
'The female of the species' (1911). In Rudyard Kipling's Verse, Inclusive Edition 1885-1918 (1919), Vol. 2, 166.
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The motto of all the mongoose family is, 'Run and find out'.
— Rudyard Kipling
'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi', The Jungle Book (1894), 124.
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There are only two classes of mankind in the world - doctors and patients.
— Rudyard Kipling
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There was rock to the left and rock to the right, and low lean thorn between
And thrice he heard a breech bolt snick, tho never a man was seen.
— Rudyard Kipling
In 'Ballad of East and West', Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads (1893), 6.
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Quotes by others about Rudyard Kipling (1)

Langmuir is the most convincing lecturer that I have ever heard. I have heard him talk to an audience of chemists when I knew they did not understand more than one-third of what he was saying; but they thought they did. It’s very easy to be swept off one's feet by Langmuir. You remember in [Kipling’s novel] Kim that the water jar was broken and Lurgan Sahib was trying to hypnotise Kim into seeing it whole again. Kim saved himself by saying the multiplication table [so] I have heard Langmuir lecture when I knew he was wrong, but I had to repeat to myself: “He is wrong; I know he is wrong; he is wrong”, or I should have believed like the others.
In 'How to Ripen Time', Journal of Physical Chemistry 1931, 35, 1917.
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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