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Robertson Davies
August 28, 1913 - December 2, 1995
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Canadian Novelist

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.


If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.


To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.


I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me.


I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.


No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.


A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.

    Topics: Childhood

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.


What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.


Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.


Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.


The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.


Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.


You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.


May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.


Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.


There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.


Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did. They'd have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.


Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time.


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