Children across the globe love the adventures of Mowgli and his animal friends in Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". Similarly, a number of Kipling's other stories are considered most popular works of literature in the United Kingdom.
Born on 30 December, 1865, in Bombay, India, Kipling's works include "The Jungle Book" (1894), "Gunga Din" (1890), "Kim" (1901) and many more.
Renowned American writer Henry James once described Kipling saying, "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known."
As the world celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of well admired children's author, here are some of his most famous quotes:
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."
"Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs."
"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."
"We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse."
"Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets."
"If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'"
"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?'"
"He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors."
"If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son."