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43 Famous Quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson
11/13/1850 - 12/3/1894
Also Known As:  
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson     Robert L. Stevenson     Robert-Louis Stevenson
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About Robert Louis Stevenson

That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

Success Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Teacher, tender comrade, wife, A fellow-farer true through life.

Wife Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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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.

Literature Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Lying Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean

Language Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean

Literature Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean

Writing Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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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.

Cannibalism Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Consequences Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

Duty Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Travel Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.

Universe Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Wine is bottled poetry.

Wine Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Churches Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Inland Voyage

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A man finds he has been wrong at every preceding stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.

Wrongs Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Crabbed Age

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Once I guessed right, And I got credit by't; Thrice I guessed wrong, And I kept my credit on.

Wrongs Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Crabbed Age

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It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization--the Urim and Thummim of respectability. . . . So strongly do we feel on this point, indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise.

Umbrellas Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Philosophy of Umbrellas

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It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of Respectability. The umbrella has become the acknowledged index of social position. . . . Crusoe was rather a moralist than a pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the civilized mind striving to express itself under adverse circumstances as we have ever met with.

Umbrellas Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Philosophy of Umbrellas, written in collaboration with J.W. Ferrier

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Umbrellas, like faces, acquire a certain sympathy with the individual who carries them. . . . May it not be said of the bearers of these inappropriate umbrellas, that they go about the streets "with a lie in their right hand?" . . . Except in a very few cases of hypocrisy joined to a powerful intellect, men, not by nature, umbrellarians, have tried again and again to become so by art, and yet have failed--have expended their patrimony in the purchase of umbrella after umbrella, and yet have systematically lost them, and have finally, with contrite spirits and strunken purses, given up their vain struggle, and relied on theft and borrowing for the remainder of their lives.

Umbrellas Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Philosophy of Umbrellas

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The friendly cow all red and white, I love with all my heart: She gives me cream with all her might To eat with apple-tart.

Cows Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson , Source: Child's Garden of Verses--The Cow

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

Courage Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Business Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Morals Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Politics Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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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?

Weakness Quotes, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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