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Robert Louis Stevenson quotes (106)

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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An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
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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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Every one lives by selling something.
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Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
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Everyone lives by selling something, whatever be his right to it.
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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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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 find it useful to remember, everyone lives by selling something.
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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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I've a grand memory for forgetting.
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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 we take matrimony at it's lowest, we regard it as a sort of friendship recognised by the police.
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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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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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Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
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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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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
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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.
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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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So long as we love, we serve; 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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Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
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Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
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That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
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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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The correction of silence is what kills; when you know you have transgressed, and your friend says nothing, and avoids your eye.
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The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
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The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
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The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
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The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
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The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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The obscurest epoch is today.
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