Robert Louis Stevenson QuotesRating Mail
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
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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.
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A friend is a gift you give yourself.
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Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
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All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
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All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
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Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
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Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
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Even if the doctor does not give you a year, even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
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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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Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
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Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
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Everyone lives by selling something.
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For my part, 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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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.
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He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
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I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
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I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
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I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
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I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
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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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If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
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If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.
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In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
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It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
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It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
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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.
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It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
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It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
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It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
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I've a grand memory for forgetting.
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Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
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Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
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Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
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Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
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Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
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Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.
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Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
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Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
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Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
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No man is useless while he has a friend.
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Nothing like a little judicious levity.
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Nothing made by brute force lasts.
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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.
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Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
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Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
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Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide.
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