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

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.


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


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


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


It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.


You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.


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


There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.


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.


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


You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.


To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.


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


Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.


You can kill the body but not the spirit.


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


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?


To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.


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


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


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