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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

'Words . . . The Most Powerful Drug'

 “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug ever used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

A prolific writer, Kipling was born this day in Bombay, India.  Educated in England, he started his writing career with a series of essays called "Departmental Ditties." But it was his epic novels and short stories that brought him lasting fame. Kipling is probably best known for The Jungle Book as well as Captains Courageous, and, of course, his “Just So” stories.  He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

Considered one of the greatest English writers, he ironically wrote most of his pieces while residing in America – particularly Brattleboro, Vermont, where he lived for many years after his marriage to American Caroline Balestier in 1892.  While most of his works were either about India or Britain, he continued to live and write in the U.S. until his death in 1936.


Renowned for his work ethic, Kipling had simple advice for would-be writers.  “Remember,” he said, “Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”


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