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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

I hope you find these Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes inspiring and motivational.

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

Related topics: Values Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Freedom Choice

Live life to the fullest.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a present you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds that you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


 

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner:
that,
in the dinner, the sweets come last.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

If we take matrimony at it's lowest,
we regard it as a sort of friendship recognised by the police.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone lives by selling something,
whatever be his right to it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes
a claim upon men's hearts,
as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Well, well, Henry James is pretty good,
though he is of the nineteenth century,
and that glaringly.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle,
not a bed of roses.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Our business in life is not to succeed,
but to continue to fail in good spirits.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can kill the body but not the spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

That man is a success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed,
or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every one lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Nothing made by brute force lasts.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Once you are married, there is nothing left for you,
not even suicide.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no
preparation is thought necessary.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To forget oneself is to be happy.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The obscurest epoch is today.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The world is full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

So long as we love, we serve; 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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder,
you must expect him to scream, and you need not be
surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We must accept life for what it actually is -
a challenge to our quality without which we should
never know of what stuff we are made,
or grow to our full stature.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

If a man loves the labour of his trade,
apart from any question of success or fame,
the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone,
but primarily by catchwords.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Even if the doctor does not give you a year,
even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave
push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There are no foreign lands.
It is the traveler only who is foreign.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way,
but they are a poor substitute for life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I've a grand memory for forgetting.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has
left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world,
and bettered the tradition of mankind.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish;
and if that be so,
why not now, and where you stand?
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature
of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

No man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

The correction of silence is what kills;
when you know you have transgressed,
and your friend says nothing, and avoids your eye.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than
to waste it like a miser.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is one thing to mortify curiosity,
another to conquer it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical,
an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style,
that is the foundation of the art of literature.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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