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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

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

A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.

Category: Idleness

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.

Category: Labor

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.

Category: Lies And Lying

I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun.

Category: Life And Living

We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.

Category: Life And Living

Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.

Category: Marriage

Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.

Category: Marriage

Quite minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

Category: Meditation

The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.

Category: Men And Women

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.

Category: Money

If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say ''give them up,'' for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.

Category: Morality

Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield.

Category: Night

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.

Category: Politicians And Politics

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.

Category: Proverbs