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Type: Novelist
Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 11/13/1850
Date of Death: 12/03/1894




 

Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
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It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.
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Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
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There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
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You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if it be so, why not now, and where you stand?
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To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
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The cruellest lies are often told in silence.
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That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
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It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
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A friend is a present you give to yourself.
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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
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To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
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We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
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There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behoves all of us not to talk about the rest of us.
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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.
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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.
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In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
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Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
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A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation.
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