Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

Robert Louis
Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
1850
1894

Scottish Novelist, Poet, Essayist and Travel Writer, known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author Quotes

The world has no room for cowards.

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

The world was made before English language, and seemingly upon a different design.

The young demand joy like a right - the old only wish to be spared unbearable pain.

Them that die will be the lucky ones!

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

The untented Kosmos my abode, I pass, a wilful stranger: My mistress still the open road And the bright eyes of danger.

The veil of self-indulgence was rent from head to foot. I saw my life as a whole.

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.

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.

The sticks break, the stones crumble.

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.

The true success is to labor.

The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances. To love playthings well as a child, to lead an adventurous and honorable youth, and to settle when the time arrives, into a green and smiling age, is to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbor.

The narrow arched entries that continually vomited passengers.

The observer (poor soul, with his documents!) is all abroad. For to look at the man is but to court deception. We shall see the trunk from which he draws his nourishment; but he himself is above and abroad in the green dome of foliage, hummed through by winds and nested in by nightingales. And the true realizm were that of the poets, to climb up after him like a squirrel, and catch some glimpse of the heaven for which he lives. And, the true realizm, always and everywhere, is that of the poets: to find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all. In the joy of the actors lies the sense of any action.

The pleasant Land of Counterpane.

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

The problem of education is two-fold: first to know, and then to utter. Everyone who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks.

The rain is falling all around, it falls on field and tree, it rains on the umbrellas here, and on the ships at sea.

The sea! cried the miller. Lord help us all, it is the greatest thing God made!

The spirit, Sir, is one of mockery.

The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.

The Lord Justice-Clerk was a stranger in that part of the country; but his lady wife was known there from a child, as her race had been before her.

The man's tongue is fit to frighten the French. Another fever. Ah, there, said Morgan, that comed of sp'iling Bibles. That comed--as you call it--of being arrant asses.

Author Picture
First Name
Robert Louis
Last Name
Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
Birth Date
1850
Death Date
1894
Bio

Scottish Novelist, Poet, Essayist and Travel Writer, known books include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde