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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

It takes hard writing to make easy reading.
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To forget oneself is to be happy.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

One more step, Mr. Hands," said I, "and I'll blow your brains out! Dead men don't bite, you know," I added with a chuckle.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

I slept after the prostration of the day, with a stringent and profound slumber which not even the nightmares that wrung me could avail to break.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

He recollected his courage.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

But you're as smart as paint.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

This Mr Thomson seems a gentleman of some choice qualities, though perhaps a trifle bloody-minded. It would please me none the worse, if (with all his merits) he were soused in the North Sea; for the man, Mr Balfour, is a sore embarrassment.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The veil of self-indulgence was rent from head to foot. I saw my life as a whole.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

But now that was all gone by, and had left her neither happier nor wiser; and the best she could do with her mornings was to come up here into the cold church and juggle for a slice of heaven.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

If I have faltered more or less In my great task of happiness; If I have moved among my race And shown no glorious morning face; If beams from happy human eyes Have moved me not; if morning skies, Books, and my food, and summer rain Knocked on my sullen heart in vain: Lord, Thy most pointed pleasure take And stab my spirit broad awake! ... Amen.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

For these two were old friends, old mates both at school and college, both thorough respecters of themselves and each other, and, what does not always follow, men who thoroughly enjoyed each other's company.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

If a man knows he will sooner or later be robbed upon a journey, he will have a bottle of the best in every inn, and look upon all his extravagances as so much gained upon the thieves.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The sticks break, the stones crumble, The eternal altars tilt and tumble, Sanctions and tales dislimn like mist About the amazed evangelist. He stands unshook from age to youth Upon one pin-point of the truth.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The San Francisco Stock Exchange was the place that continuously pumped up the savings of the lower classes into the pockets of the millionaires.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Make up your mind to be happy.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

The spirit, Sir, is one of mockery.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Once I guessed right, And I got credit by't; Thrice I guessed wrong, And I kept my credit on.

— Robert Louis Stevenson

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