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Quotations by Robert Louis Stevenson

ROBERT Louis Stevenson (1850 –1894) WAS A PROMINENT SCOTTISH NOVELIST, ESSAYIST, AND POET WRITING TOWARDS THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

“Hope is the boy, a blind, headlong, pleasant fellow, good to chase swallows with the salt; Faith is the grave, experienced, yet smiling man.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Virginibus Puerisque”, Ch. 2

“Fifteen men on the dead man's chest —
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest —
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883)

“Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.”

“In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Old Mortality (1884)

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, "Lay Morals" Ch. 4, in Lay Morals and Other Essays (1911)

“Not every man is so great a coward as he thinks he is — nor yet so good a Christian.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae. Mr. Mackellar's Journey (1889)

“Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Complete Works, vol. 26, Reflections and Remarks on Human Life, section 4

“There is no foreign land; it is the traveller only that is foreign, and now and again, by a flash of recollection, lights up the contrasts of the ear.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, The Silverado Squatters

“We do not go to cowards for tender dealing; there is nothing so cruel as panic; the man who has least fear for his own carcase, has most time to consider others.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Aes Triplex (1878)

“Hope is the boy, a blind, headlong, pleasant fellow, good to chase swallows with the salt; Faith is the grave, experienced, yet smiling man.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Virginibus Puerisque”, Ch. 2

“Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords; and the little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Virginibus Puerisque”, Ch. 2

“Falling in love is the one illogical adventure, the one thing of which we are tempted to think as supernatural, in our trite and reasonable world.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Virginibus Puerisque”, Ch. 3

“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.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Truth of Intercourse”

“The time would fail me if I were to recite all the big names in history whose exploits are perfectly irrational and even shocking to the business mind. The incongruity is speaking; and I imagine it must engender among the mediocrities a very peculiar attitude, towards the nobler and showier sides of national life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Crabbed Age and Youth”

“Age may have one side, but assuredly Youth has the other. There is nothing more certain than that both are right, except perhaps that both are wrong. Let them agree to differ; for who knows but what agreeing to differ may not be a form of agreement rather than a form of difference?”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “Crabbed Age and Youth”

“A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “An Apology for Idlers”.

“Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.”
~ Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881) “An Apology for Idlers”.


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