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Born in November 13, 1850 / Died in December 3, 1894 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
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.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
I find it useful to remember, everyone lives by selling something.
The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
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.
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.
Everyone lives by selling something.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
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.
Nothing like a little judicious levity.
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.
The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
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.
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.
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.
Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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.