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"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents."
John W. Gardner
Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
Robert Louis Stevenson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone lives by selling something.
Robert Louis Stevenson

For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
Robert Louis Stevenson

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

He who knoweth the precepts by heart, but faileth to practice them, is like unto one who lighteth a lamp and then shutteth his eyes.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I find it useful to remember, everyone lives by selling something.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If we take matrimony at it's lowest, we regard it as a sort of friendship recognised by the police.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say "give them up," for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.
Robert Louis Stevenson

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself; share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

No man is useless while he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson

No man is useless who has a friend, and if we are loved we are indispensable.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing like a little judicious levity.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
Robert Louis Stevenson

Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The obscurest epoch is to-day.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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?
Robert Louis Stevenson

Type:
Writer
Date of Birth:
1850-11-13
Year of Death:
1894
Nationality:
Scottish
 

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