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

Seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.

She had an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy; but her manners were excellent.

Sightseeing is the art of disappointment.

Sanctions and tales dislimn like mist

Scared by the thought , brooded awhile on his own past, groping in all the corners of memory, lest by chance some jack-in-the-box of an old iniquity, should leap to light there.

Sceptic??coward! cried Otto. Coward is the word. A springless, putty-hearted, cowering coward!

One more step, Mr. Hands, said I, and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know, I added with a chuckle.

One morning, very early, when the sun was up, I rose and found the shiny dew on every buttercup.

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.

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

Palm Key he got itt, and some other snatches, mostly single words and unintelligible. I could not help wondering who it was that had got itt, and what itt was

Partly from the damping influence of this alarm, partly to rest Silver and the sick folk, the whole party sat down as soon as they had gained the brow of the ascent.

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.

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

Pieces of eight, pieces of eight, pieces of eight!

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

Raymond Chandler wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.

Saints are sinners who kept on going.

One generation after another falls like honeybees upon this memorable forest, rifle its sweets, pack themselves with vital memories, and when the theft is consummated depart again into life richer, but poorer also. The forest, indeed, they have possessed, from that day forward it is theirs dissolubly, and they will never return to walk in it at night in the fondest of their dreams, and use it forever in their books and pictures.

Of all my verse, like not a single line; but like my title, for it is not mine. That title from a better man I stole; ah, how much better, had I stol'n the whole!

Of Silver we have heard no more. That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life; but I dare say he met his old Negress, and perhaps still lives in comfort with her and Captain Flint. It is to be hoped so, I suppose, for his chances of comfort in another world are very small.

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.

Old is the tree and the fruit good.

On a certain afternoon, in the late springtime, the bell upon Tunstall Moat House was heard ringing at an unaccustomed hour.

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