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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.

Category: Death And Dying

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.

Category: Desire

There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy.

Category: Duty

There is but one art, to omit.

Category: Editing And Editors

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.

Category: Enemies

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.

Category: Failure

No man is useless while he has a friend.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.

Category: Friends And Friendship

A friend is a present you give to yourself.

Category: Friends And Friendship

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.

Category: Gardening And Gardens

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

Category: Goals

When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.

Category: Growth

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.

Category: Humankind

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.

Category: Husbands