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Robert Louis Stevenson
November 13, 1850 - December 3, 1894
Nationality: Scottish
Category: Writer
Subcategory: Scottish Writer

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.


All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.


Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.


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.


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.


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


Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.


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


It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.


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


There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. 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.


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


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


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


It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.


The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.


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


You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.


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.


Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.


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