Robert Louis Stevenson

Scottish author (1850 - 1894)

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...for no man lives in the external truth among salts and acids, but in the warm, phantasmagoric chamber of his brain, with the painted windows and the storied wall.
A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
A friend is a present you give yourself.
Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Everyone lives by selling something.
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
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.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
Marriage: a long conversation chequered by disputes.
No man is useless while he has a friend.
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.
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
The friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might;
to eat with apple tart.
The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of the World, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Wine is bottled poetry.
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

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