Robert Louis Stevenson

(Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson)

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Sooner or later everyone has to sit down to a banquet of consequences.
A friend is a gift you give yourself. Friendship
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Relationships
All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding. Life
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life. Life
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Inspiration
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
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.
Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind. Inspiration
Every man has a sane spot somewhere. Humor
Everyone lives by selling something.
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. Life
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. Travel
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.
He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
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. Nature
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.
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.
I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. Travel
If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him. Success
If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being. Families, Children & Parenting
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Respect
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. Nature
It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
I've a grand memory for forgetting.
Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life. Life
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords. Communication & Communications
Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes. Families, Children & Parenting
Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police. Friendship ;Families, Children & Parenting
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.
No man is useless while he has a friend.
Nothing like a little judicious levity. Humor
Nothing made by brute force lasts.
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.
Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Business, Commerce & Finance
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Money, Coins & Minting
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Success
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The correction of silence is what kills; when you know you have transgressed, and your friend says nothing, and avoids your eye.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
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 habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
The obscurest epoch is today.
The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty. Money, Coins & Minting
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy. Truth
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The world has no room for cowards.
The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
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.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
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.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. Life
To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Life
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life. Life ;Motivation
To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life. Life
To forget oneself is to be happy. Happiness & Unhappiness
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.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive. Travel
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. Travel
We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.
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. Life
Well, well, Henry James is pretty good, though he is of the nineteenth century, and that glaringly.
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.
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.
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.
Wine is bottled poetry. Literature, Writers & Writing ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
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. Families, Children & Parenting
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You can kill the body but not the spirit.
You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.
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? Time
You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.

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