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Robert Louis Stevenson
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To hold the same views at forty as we held at twenty is to have been stupefied for a score of years, and take rank, not as a prophet, but as an unteachable brat, well birched and none the wiser. It is as if a ship captain should sail to India from the Port of London; and having brought a chart of the Thames on deck at his first setting out, should obstinately use no other for the whole voyage. Robert Louis Stevenson
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To be honest, to be kind-to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends but these without capitulation-above all, on the same grim condition to keep friends with himself-here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy. Robert Louis Stevenson
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These are my politics: to change what we can; to better what we can; but still to bear in mind that man is but a devil weakly fettered by some generous beliefs and impositions; and for no word however sounding, and no cause however just and pious, to relax the stricture on these bonds. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Anyone can carry their burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one day. Robert Louis Stevenson
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For the forest takes away from you all excuse to die. There is nothing here to cabin or thwart your free desires. Here all impudences of the brawling world reach you no more. Robert Louis Stevenson
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When I suffer in mind, stories are my refuge; I take them like opium; and consider one who writes them as a sort of doctor of the mind. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Under the wide and starry sky, Dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live and gladly die, And I lay me down with a will. This be the verse you grave for me: Here he lies where he longed to be: Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill. Robert Louis Stevenson
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All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. Robert Louis Stevenson
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You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage. Robert Louis Stevenson
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There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. Robert Louis Stevenson
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To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes. Robert Louis Stevenson
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A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect. Robert Louis Stevenson
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It is the property of things seen for the first time, or for the first time after long, like the flowers in spring, to reawaken in us the sharp edge of sense and that impression of mystic strangeness which otherwise passes out of life with the coming of years; but the sight of a loved face is what renews a man's character from the fountain upwards. Robert Louis Stevenson
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So soon as prudence has begun to grow up in the brain, like a dismal fungus, it finds its first expression in a paralysis of generous acts. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Wine is bottled poetry. Robert Louis Stevenson
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It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire. Robert Louis Stevenson
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It is one of the worst things of sentiment that the voice grows to be more important than the words, and the speaker than that what is spoken. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Of what shall we be proud of if we are not proud of our friends? Robert Louis Stevenson
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Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take, And stab my spirit broad awake; Or, Lord, if too obdurate I, Choose Thou, before that spirit die, A piercing paid, a killing sin, And to my dead heart turn them in. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson
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How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Robert Louis Stevenson
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There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Robert Louis Stevenson
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A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Trusty, dusky, vivid, true, With eyes of gold and bramble-dew, Steel-true and blade-straight, The great artificer Made my mate. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Here lies one who meant well, tried a little, failed much: - surely that may be his epitaph of which he need not be ashamed. Robert Louis Stevenson
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I am not afraid of the truth, if any one could tell it me, but I am afraid of parts of it impertinently uttered. Robert Louis Stevenson
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I smoke a pipe abroad, because To all cigars I much prefer it, And as I scorn you social laws, My choice has nothing to deter it. Robert Louis Stevenson
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A child should always say what's true, And speak when he is spoken to, And behave mannerly at table: At least as far as he is able. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Hope looks for unqualified success; but Faith counts certainly on failure, and takes honorable defeat to be a form of victory. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Everything is true; only the opposite is true too; you must believe both equally or be damned. Robert Louis Stevenson
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There is but one art, to omit! Oh, if I knew how to omit I would ask no other knowledge. A man who knows how to omit would make an Iliad of a daily paper. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Don't judge each day by the number of emails you clear from your inbox, but by the number of your own emails you prevent from clogging up other people's inboxes. Robert Louis Stevenson
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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
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It is a mere illusion that, above a certain income, the personal desires will be satisfied and leave a wider margin for the generous impulse. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Age may have one side, but assuredly Youth has the other. There is nothing more certain than that both are right, except perhaps that both are wrong. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Respectability is a very good thing in its way, but it does not rise superior to all considerations. I would not for a moment venture to hint that it was a matter of taste; but I think I will go as far as this: that if a position is admittedly unkind, uncomfortable, unnecessary, and superfluously useless, although it were as respectableasthe Church of England, the sooner a man is out of it, the better for himself, and all concerned. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Am I no a bonny fighter? Robert Louis Stevenson
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To be truly happy is a question of how we begin, and not how we end, of what we want and not what we have. Robert Louis Stevenson
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After all, the commonplaces are the great poetic truths. Robert Louis Stevenson
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The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys. Robert Louis Stevenson
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When I say writing, O believe me, it is rewriting that I have chiefly in mind. Robert Louis Stevenson
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...those little people, my brownies, who do one half of my work for me while I am fast asleep, and in all human likelihood do the rest for me as well, when I am wide awake and fondly suppose I do for myself. Robert Louis Stevenson
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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
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To be feared of a thing and yet to do it, is what makes the prettiest kind of a man. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Every child can remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies. Robert Louis Stevenson
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The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had. Robert Louis Stevenson
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I love this quote uttered by the character Widget in The Night Circus. He credits it to Herr Thiessen but knows it is a literary quote by the another author. "Wine is bottled poetry Robert Louis Stevenson
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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
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I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see. Robert Louis Stevenson
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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
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I would rather do a good hours work weeding than write two pages of my best; nothing is so interesting as weeding. I went crazy over the outdoor work, and at last had to confine myself to the house, or literature must have gone by the board. Robert Louis Stevenson
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To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Keep busy at something: a busy person never has time to be unhappy. Robert Louis Stevenson
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It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Robert Louis Stevenson
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In the law of God, there is no statute of limitations. Robert Louis Stevenson
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A Morning Prayer The day returns and brings us the petty round of irritating concerns and duties. Help us to play the man; help us to perform them with laughter and kind faces, let cheerfulness abound with industry. Give us to go blithely on our business all this day. Bring us to our resting beds weary and content and undishonored and grant us in the end the gift of sleep. Robert Louis Stevenson
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With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Although I express myself with some degree of pleasantry, the purport of my words is entirely serious. Robert Louis Stevenson
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You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name. Robert Louis Stevenson
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I, whom Apollo sometime visited, Or feigned to visit, now, my day being done, Do slumber wholly, nor shall know at all The weariness of changes; nor perceive Immeasurable sands of centuries Drink up the blanching ink, or the loud sound Of generations beat the music down. Robert Louis Stevenson
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Lastly no woman should marry a teetotaller, or a man who does not smoke. It is not for nothing that this ignoble tobagie as Michelet calls it, spreads all over the world. Robert Louis Stevenson
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He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I could' specify the point. He's an extraordinary-looking man, and yet I really can name nothing out of the way. No sir; I can make no hand of it; I ca' describe him. And it's not want of memory; for I declare I can see him this moment. Robert Louis Stevenson
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The cruellest lies are often told in silence. Robert Louis Stevenson
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A little amateur painting in water-colour shows the innocent and quiet mind. Robert Louis Stevenson
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If you wish the pick of men and women, take a good bachelor and a good wife Robert Louis Stevenson
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It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization-the Urim and Thummim of respectability. . . . So strongly do we feel on this point, indeed, that we are almost inclined to consider all who possess really well-conditioned umbrellas as worthy of the Franchise. Robert Louis Stevenson
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