Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses.

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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.

I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift, as to the spirit in which it is offered.

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

We live in an ascending scale, when we live happily one thing leading to another in an endless series.

I've a grand memory for forgetting.

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully, has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world and bettered the tradition of mankind.

The world has no room for cowards.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.

Marriage is one long conversation chequered by disputes.

For my part I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

The Devil can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which rightly understood is solitude made perfect.

So long as we love we serve, so long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable, and no man is useless while he has a friend.

No man is useless while he has a friend.

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.

If a man loves the labour of his trade apart from any question of success or fame the gods have called him.

You can kill the body but not the spirit.

We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made or grow to our full stature.

Nothing like a little judicious levity.

You cannot run away from weakness, you must some time fight it out or perish, and if that be so why not now and where you stand?

Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money it is all profit it completes our education founds and fosters our friendships and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.

Each has his own tree of ancestors but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.

There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands and tens of thousands of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.

It is one thing to mortify curiosity another to conquer it.

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

Old and young we are all on our last cruise.

Of what shall a man be proud if he is not proud of his friends?

The obscurest epoch is today.

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people to discourage them from ambitious attempts and generally console them in their mediocrity.

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition, but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes or staring when you were in a fit of laughter would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.

There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle not a bed of roses.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.

The difficulty of literature is not to write but to write what you mean, not to affect your reader but to affect him precisely as you wish.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

If your morals make you dreary depend on it they are wrong.

The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.

When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.

Well well Henry James is pretty good though he is of the nineteenth century and that glaringly.

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

We all know what Parliament is and we are all ashamed of it.

Nothing made by brute force lasts.

The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.

You could read Kant by yourself if you wanted, but you must share a joke with some one else.

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.

The world is full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder you must expect him to scream and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone but primarily by catchwords.

That man is a success who has lived well laughed often and loved much.

In marriage a man becomes slack and selfish and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child, it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in good spirits.

Vanity dies hard, in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.

The correction of silence is what kills, when you know you have transgressed and your friend says nothing and avoids your eye.

Even if the doctor does not give you a year even if he hesitates about a month make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week.

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed or largely freed from the domination of outward conditions.

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians for we feed on babies though not our own.

The web then or the pattern a web at once sensuous and logical an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style that is the foundation of the art of literature.

Everybody soon or late sits down to a banquet of consequences.

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that in the dinner the sweets come last.

Life is not a matter of holding good cards but of playing a poor hand well.

So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable, and no man is useless while he has a friend.

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize, so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose and the eyes will take care of themselves.

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace like a clock during a thunderstorm.

It's a pleasant thing to be young and have ten toes.

All speech written or spoken is a dead language until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.

You can give without loving but you can never love without giving.

To forget oneself is to be happy.

Wine is bottled poetry.

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.

I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind spare to us our friends soften to us our enemies.

Once you are married there is nothing left for you not even suicide.

Everyone lives by selling something.

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts as for that subtle something that quality of air that emanation from old trees that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.