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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

(1850-1895), Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.

Category: Acceptance

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

Category: Action

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

Category: Action

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

Category: Action

Wine is bottled poetry.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

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

Category: Ancestry

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Business

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.

Category: Churches

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.

Category: Communication

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

Category: Company

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

Category: Company

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.

Category: Compatibility

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Category: Consequences

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.

Category: Consequences