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Rudyard Kipling

To take yourself seriously means that you believe you are more important than anyone else in your life.

To take yourself seriously means that you believe everything you do is so ideal as to be unimpeachable.

To take yourself seriously means you donít want to allow for the possibility that a contrary opinion to yours, by someone else, is less worthy than your own, no matter how important that opinion or position is to the other person.

To take yourself seriously means that you refuse to allow that someone who offends or hurts you, intentionally or not, can be forgiven because they are somehow an inferior segment to the human species.

Take what you do seriously, not yourself. What you do is who you are. What you do is inviolable, while what you say may not be dependable or even truthful.

To take yourself seriously means that when the time comes, you may not be prepared to forgive yourself for grievances you have caused to others or to yourself. In order to forgive yourself, you need to give yourself enough slack, which means to not take yourself too seriously.

You arenít perfect. You will make mistakes, even with the best of intentions. The more seriously you take yourself, the harder you will find it to forgive yourself. This may not seem important if you have not reached middle age, but it will become more important as you get older and begin to compare your life to what it might have been under different circumstances.

To take yourself too seriously means to burn your bridges behind you. If you do that enough, you will find yourself living in a very small world when you get older. Your small world will not be big enough to accommodate the changes that happen around you and make you feel isolated.

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

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.

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves "It's pretty, but is it Art?"

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

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.

Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.

Everyone is more or less mad on one point.

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

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.

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

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

He travels the fastest who travels alone.

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

Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.

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.

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.

And that is called paying the Dane-geld; but we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.

And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves "It's pretty, but is it Art?"

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

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbours.

Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.

Everyone is more or less mad on one point.

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

For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

For the sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.

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

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.

He travels the fastest who travels alone.

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

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