Rudyard Kipling is thought of by many as the ‘bard of the Empire’. Born in India to English parents, Kipling spent time in England, India and America, refusing to acknowledge one nationality as his own. Kipling turned from man to literary legend with his Just So Stories collection and The Jungle Book, which was memorably animated by Walt Disney in 1967.

At one time the highest paid writer in the world and recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, Kipling was a big deal during his lifetime and today his children’s books are considered classics of children’s literature.

The man does talk some sense so read on for 9 wise quotes from Rudyard Kipling that’ll make you see things differently.

We most certainly agree.

Steady on there, Kipling. Nothing wrong with wrapping yourself in quotations.

Taken from Kipling’s If: A Father’s Advice to His Son, a moving poem full of sage advice written from Kipling to his son, John Kipling.

Wise words. Better to be disappointed by somebody else than to be disappointed in yourself.

True, even if the man that is in love is in love with you. From The Light That Failed.

But every so often, a lighthouse, a smoke signal, a boat! From The Light That Failed.

Taken from everybody’s favourite Disney adaptation, The Jungle Book.

But first you must like yourself.


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One for the ladies here from Kipling. Taken from Plain Tales from the Hills.


It is thought that the human eye can distinguish up to 10 million different colors with a quarter of people able to see up to 100 million. Your computer monitor has the capacity to display 16,777,216 colors, the Pantone Color system consists of 2,058 colors and even Crayola offer crayons in a staggering 170 different colors.


And yet, if asked what color something is we invariably say, ‘well, it’s a sort of bluey-green’ or ‘pinkish-red’. No more, people! Today we’re going to expand our vocabulary to include the whole color spectrum, giving special attention to those colors that have a particularly interesting backstory.


Read on for 9 beautiful words for colors you’ve never heard before.


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Discovered by the Ancient Greeks who hung copper plates over hot vinegar to create a special green pigment with which they painted or mixed up worrying medicines, Verdigris means literally, ‘green of Greece’. If you want to see Verdigris in the flesh you need only look up at the beautiful face of the Statue of Liberty.


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To be incarnate means to have bodily form and, yes, that’s where we’re going with this one. Incarnadine once meant flesh-colored but in Macbeth Shakespeare used incarnadine to mean blood-red, changing its meaning forever.


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I will never tire of the way this word feels as it slides off your tongue. Titian, real name Tiziano Vecellio, was one of the greatest artists of the sixteenth century. Many of Titian’s paintings featured women with distinctive brownish-orange hair, the world took notice and a new color was born.


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The color Jasper gets name from an opaque quartz stone which itself got its name from an ancient Hebrew word that may have meant glittering or polish.


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Commonly used by Renaissance artists, sinoper was a rich, rusty red colored pigment that contained the iron-rich mineral hematite. The name comes from the town Sinope in Turkey from where the pigment was first imported to Europe.


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The word gingerline came from the 17th century Italian word for yellow, ‘giallo’ and means a rich, orangey-yellowy color, not at all unlike bright ginger hair.


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The Ancient Greek word for jaundice, ‘icteros’ is responsible for this one. A particularly sickly yellow color, the word icterine is often used to describe birds with yellow in their plumage.


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If the Nazis can be praised for one thing and one thing only it is their military attire. Feldgrau, or field grey, is the precise color of the field uniform of the German Army between 1907 and 1945.


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The color amaranthine came from the Greek word ‘amarantos’ which meant unfading. The word Amaranth was used to name an imaginary, undying flower that was, presumably, a deep red-purple color and there you have the two uses of the word today. Lovely stuff.

Is there anywhere in the world you’d rather be right now than warm and safe and relaxed in your own bed? Oh really, you’d like to be on a hike up a mountain or swimming in the sea or screaming at the top of a rollercoaster? I don’t believe you. Being in bed is the best thing about life and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. (When I say ‘fight’ I mean ‘ignore’.)

Whether you’re in my camp and you love bed more than seems reasonable and sane or you think I’m quite mad and can’t see the appeal, read on for 7 words about sleep that’ll make you long for your bed.




Also known as ‘being a teenager’, clinomania has reached epidemic proportions. It’s just occurred to me that the increase in clinomania happened at around the same time as the invention of memory foam mattresses, the rise of Netflix and the legalization of weed. Coincidence?




Similar to clinomania, dysania can strike as all from time to time, usually on days that end with y.



Impossible to pronounce, euneirophrenia is a gateway drug to full blown clinomania. Why would you want to get out of bed when you’ve just had the best dream involving *insert your favorite sexy celebrity here*, a bottle of champagne and a jar of Nutella.



People’s experience of dormiveglia varies wildly. Some people snap from asleep to awake in a second with minimal dormiveglia while others take a little time to wake up properly. I tend to get my dormiveglia out of the way between waking and about 1pm, then I’m good for the day.



Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all estivate in the summer like the aristocracy of the 18th and 19th century when the only requirements of the day were breakfast in bed, dinner on the terrace and cocktails and 6 o’clock sharp.



Did you know that if you pandiculate eight times in a row you have an orgasm? Or was that sneeze eight times in a row? I don’t know, give it a try.



Something that produces a state of drowsy, tranquil pleasure…We’re all thinking it so I might as well say it. Yes, that’s right, the best way to induce a state of kef is to eat a huge carb-heavy meal.

You and your best book aren’t likely to have a messy breakup. Why not profess your book love in ink? But if those great big swaths of text aren’t really your style, fear not. You can get a literary design that shows your love in a tiny, elegant way. Bonus: when you go small, when someone “gets” your tattoo, you’ve made an instant connection.

1. Les Miserables’ fierce line, ‘Je suis farouche’ (“I am wild.”) in Victor Hugo’s handwriting

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“Be serious,” said Enjolras.
“I am wild,” replied Grantaire.
Enjolras meditated for a few moments, and made the gesture of a man who has taken a resolution.

2. Keep your novel really real with this classic piece of Hemingway advice.

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3. Light your way with the candle from Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Invitation.”

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“If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”

4. “Still I Rise” by poet, activist and all-around hero, Maya Angelou

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“You may write me down in history 
With your bitter, twisted lies, 
You may tread me in the very dirt 
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

5. e.e. cummings’s “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]”

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“i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)”

6. Interrobang, sometimes called the quexclamation mark, is the lit-nerdiest way to claim your grammar enthusiasm.

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7. Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows Symbol

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“The Elder Wand,” he said, and he drew a straight vertical line on the parchment. “The Resurrection Stone,” he said, and he added a circle on top of the line. “The Cloak of Invisibility,” he finished, enclosing both line and circle in a triangle, to make the symbol that so intrigued Hermione.”Together,” he said, “the Deathly Hallows.”

8. The struggle for wifi is real. 

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9. If you’ve ever printed your own comics or design, these CMYK printing testers will take you back to the full-bleed days.

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10. Lord of the Rings line, “Not all who wander are lost,” in fictional Elvin language, Quenya.

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

11. If getting a full haiku is too much, the Chinese symbol for “poetry” is expressive but simple.


12. The three recurring words that make up the motif of Slaughterhouse Five.

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“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.” 

13. The often deliciously passive aggressive notation is short for the Latin “sic erat scriptum” (“thus was it written”).

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14. Jack Merridew’s creeptastic mask from Lord of the Flies.

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“Beside the mere, his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them. He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling. He capered towards Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”

15. Monogram containing every letter in alphabet. (Confused? Check out the gif.)

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16. “I am Joe’s smirking revenge,” from the narrator of Fight Club.

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17. Stay inspired to be true to your memoir with this open book.


18. Keep calm with the Braille word for “still.”

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19. The final words of Ferd of The Duchess of Melfi on Act V, Scene V.

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“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust
like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust”

20. “Timshel,” the Hebrew word at the core of East Of Eden.

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Lee’s hand shook as he filled the delicate cups. He drank his down in one gulp. “Don’t you see?” he cried. “The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’ Don’t you see?”

Everyone wants to be the hero.

The way we write about superheroes strongly resembles how ancients wrote about their gods. Beautiful and perfect in every way while becoming victim to their own qualities, making them more human than anything else.

These stories tell the glory and epicness of the most epic but also that we are all under the foot of mortality.

And there are those willing to risk being stomped on.

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A 7th century B.C. Babylonian creation mythos that was believed to be recited during the Babylonian New Year or Akitu Festival.

The first part tells the story of how the gods were created. That they are the offspring of Apsu and Tiamat, the forces that were here before all.

In short, Apsu and Tiamat get upset over the gods and deem them unworthy at which point Marduk leads a war against them.

Apsu and Tiamat are slain. Tiamats body is divided into the heavens and earth and then humankind was made.


Cypria (7th century B.C.) is the first in the Epic (or Homeric) Cycle series of Greek literature. Along with the Odyssey and the Iliad and a few others they glued together accounts of the Trojan War.

It begins with Zeus wanting to do some population control with humanity so incites a war amongst the humans. In a long elaborate scheme of events, Zeus wins, everyone dies.

This story has been met with a lot of criticism. Being criticized by non other than Aristotle for being just a long list of events rather than having any story quality at all.

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The amazing 8th century B.C. tale of one sh**ty man’s cunning, wit, precision in battle, extreme hypocrisy and straight up adultery.

Odysseus was a terrible man. He stole from giants. Slept around while claiming to be true at heart with his wife, then slaughters a bunch of fools doing that very same sh*t in his house.

Odysseus kinda sucked a lot, example wise. A degenerate and a sleaze. But a hero nonetheless.

There still may be hope for the rest of us.


A collection of old, old, Indian texts from around the 8th and 9th century B.C. It contains the entire Bhagavad Gita and a shorter form of the Ramayana another major Sanskrit epic of India, and other works as well.

Considered to be the longest poem in the world, it is said that it can fit The Odyssey in it 10 times over and it’s contemporary Ramayana, 4 times.

To the Mahabharata, above all, everything is connected. And evident within this timeless quote are its  teachings:

“… is the drop of rain any different from the vast ocean in which it falls into and vanishes?”


In 6th century B.C. Telegony tells the story of the aftermath of The Odyssey and completes the prophecies laid out in it.

Separated in two episodes, this story spins the tales of Odysseus’ infidelities.

One episode tells the story of Telegonus. An offspring of Odysseus’ adultery with Circe in the Odyssey, Telegonus grows up and unknowingly travels to his fathers homeland.

Not knowing who they are to each other, Telegonus accidentally slays Odysseus. He realizes what he’s done, takes the body home, end of Odysseus.

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An amazing, amazing 2100 B.C. sumerian epic. One of the oldest texts to be dated, it tells the story of mans mortality. That no matter what, everything must die. Even the great undefeated Gilgamesh must accept his own mortality.

Beautiful story. Just read it, it’s not long. Do it.


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Lastly, one of the oldest stories ever dating back to 2500 B.C. is this Middle Kingdom Egyptian tale.

It relays the account of a sailor, on a mission from the king of Ancient Egypt, is shipwrecked on an island to a serpent. Instead of killing each other, the two get along, the man is saved, the serpent is honored. The king is happy.

Quite a positive story indeed. Although many have speculated it’s sophistication in detailed analysis, it mostly boils down to being a good story tell.

That’s our list. 7 Of The World’s Oldest Epics That Have Stood The Test Of Time.

What’s Your Favorite Epic? Let Us Know In The Comments Below


J.K. Rowling is well known as the author of the Harry Potter series and she has a ton of insight to offer. And in reality, we’re all just muggles looking for a little bit of magic in our lives. Let’s see what she has to say.



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Live with love



   Our brains are a gift




Death is just another adventure…



Who we are means more than what we were   JKRowling6


   Try Something New



Human life is precious JKRowling7

Don’t get too preoccupied on dreams…



   Adventure is what life is all about JKRowling10


   Our choices define us


Now that we know that reading is good for you, how can we do it faster and more efficiently?

The brain is just like a muscle, it can be trained, and we can train our brains to do things more efficiently. In fact we constantly do this with many of the things in our life until they just become second nature. Reading is no different.

Imagine being able to read THREE TIMES as fast as you are reading right now. I’m here to show you how to do it! Increasing reading speed is not some unnatainable skill as many people believe. Reading speed to some extent is a result of how much we read. However, more importantly reading speed is a result of how we read and there are ways in which you can change how you read so that your reading speed increases.


3 Easy Ways to Read Faster

1. Quit Reading Out Loud

Most people read 200-300 words per minute, and it’s not a coincidence that 200-300 words per minute is the same rate at which we speak. Your brain being the funny little organ that it is wants to vocalize words, and can only do that so fast if you actually vocalize the words. So to read faster, ignore your brain’s impulse urges to vocalize, and just see the words – don’t speak them (even silently in your head). If you start by not speaking the words, you will start to see that reading faster becomes possible.


2. Don’t Read Things More than Once

Do not allow yourself to become distracted while reading! Reading things more than once happens to us all… I have spent many late nights in college rereading the same line of my textbook over and over again just to realize that my mind has wandered somewhere else. This obviously is not helping my reading speed. If we can limit distractions and stay focused on the task at hand, our reading speed will increase. I promise, this is half the battle.


3. Stop Focusing on Every Single Word

Do not focus on each word as you read! Focus on every other word, or every three words and use your peripheral vision to get the words around it. Your brain will be surprisingly really good at this! Try this:

Don’t focus on the word “don’t”, instead focus on “word”, and you’ll read this really fast.

If that example didn’t work for you, try doing it on other sentences in this article. Skip words and don’t spend too much time focusing on a single word. You will start to read faster. Don’t worry about comprehension as long as you are getting the general gist of what you are reading. Your brain will adjust and learn to do the rest of the work.

Marc Howard, a guest writer from Wake Up World, has put together a system to increase your reading speed in just 15 minutes. Personally, this worked wonders for me. Give it a try!


Marc’s Technique:

First, to determine your current wpm baseline you can hop over to ReadingSoft to take a quick free test. Make a note of this wpm number as you’ll then compare it to your new reading speed at the end of this exercise.


So here we go. Grab a pen (to use as a word tracker as we read), a timer, and a book that you can practice with and lets begin. You will be quite amazed at how simple this exercise is and how much faster you will be able to read in just a few minutes – I was absolutely blown away.


Method To Increase Reading Speed

(Set timer for two minutes): Once your timer begins read each line but spend no more than one-second per line. You will use your pen to underline each word (keep the cap on) to give your eye a fixed point to follow along as you read. Do not be concerned about retention or comprehension of the passage at this point. This step is all about speed.


(Set time for three minutes): Same as step one except now use no more than a half-second per line (so you will read two lines in one second).


Expanding Field of Vision

  • (Set time for one-minute): Again spend no more than one second per line but this time begin one word in from the first word of each line and end one word in from the last line.


  • (Set time for one minute): Same as above except this time start reading at second word in from beginning of the line and complete each line focusing your eyes on the second word end from the end of each line.


  • (Set time for three minutes): Finally focus on the third word from the beginning and end of each line and only spend a half-second per line.


This can be pretty tough at first and you more than likely will lose comprehension as your speed increases. Keep with it. Your brain is like a muscle and with practice your speed and comprehension will both increase.


Now go back to the ReadingSoft site and using the skills above to take the test over to get your new wpm.


How much faster could you read? Did it work? Losing comprehension is something that is inevitable as you try and read faster, but again, your brain will naturally get better at comprehension as you work to increase your reading speed. In no time at all you will be amazed at how fast you are reading!

h/t: I Heart Intelligence