Best quotes by the Scottish Writer Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
  • Growth

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
  • Consequences

The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
  • Sin

A friend is a present you give to yourself.
  • Friends



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

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
  • cruelest

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move...
  • Travel

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.
  • Enemy

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
  • inspirational

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
  • Success

Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
  • inspirational

There is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy.
  • Duty

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.
  • Failure

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
  • Fear

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
  • Goals

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
  • Travel

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

Wine is bottled poetry.
  • AlcoholAlcoholism

No man is useless while he has a friend.
  • Friends

For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
  • Youth

That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
  • laughed

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

Everyone lives by selling something.
  • Shopping

The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
  • Truth

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?
  • Weakness

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
  • best

You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.
  • animals

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
  • being

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
  • Company

You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.
  • Company


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In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
  • Life

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
  • thankful

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
  • cards

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

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.
  • accept

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
  • atmosphere

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.
  • Life

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
  • life

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

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
  • books

To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.
  • become

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.
  • battle

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Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
  • inspirational

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
  • best

The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
  • World

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

The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
  • happy

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
  • anonymous

The world has no room for cowards.
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Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
  • Marriage

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
  • Marriage

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

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
  • friendship

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.
  • dissolution

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.
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For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move...
  • Travel

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
  • Travel

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
  • travel

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
  • Travel

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
  • affair

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
  • arrive

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You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
  • giving

So long as we love we serve; 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.
  • friendship

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
  • absences

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.
  • almost

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
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In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
  • Life

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

Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
  • thankful

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
  • Actions



It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
  • Actions

Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
  • Marriage

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
  • giving

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
  • cards

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

Here he lies where he longed to be;Home is the sailor, home from sea,and the hunter home from the hill.
  • Death

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.
  • Desires

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
  • Humanity

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

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

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

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

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
  • Reading

The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
  • World

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
  • travel

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.
  • accept

So long as we love we serve; 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.
  • friendship

There is but one art, to omit.
  • Authors

The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
  • Body

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
  • Business

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
  • Consequences

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
  • Gardens

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

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
  • Marriage

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.
  • Profanity

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
  • Travel

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
  • alone

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.
  • accomplished

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
  • legal

Nothing made by brute force lasts.
  • brute

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.
  • Acceptance

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.
  • Friends

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.
  • Growth

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.
  • art

There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.
  • change

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
  • affect

Every one lives by selling something, whatever be his right to it.

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
  • Ancestry

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catch words.
  • Words

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.
  • nature

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
  • foreign

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
  • friends

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
  • affair

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
  • dogs

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
  • identity

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.
  • against

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
  • atmosphere

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.

Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another.

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.

It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the stamp of Respectability. Robinson Crusoe was rather a moralist than a pietist, and his leaf-umbrella is as fine an example of the civilised mind striving to express itself under adverse circumstances as we have ever met with.
  • Civilization

Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
  • Communication

When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.
  • Death

But we are so fond of life that we have no leisure to entertain the terror of death. It is a honeymoon with us all through, and none of the longest. Small blame to us if we give our whole hearts to this glowing bride of ours, to the appetities, to honour, to the hungry curiosity of the mind, to the pleasure of the eyes in nature, and the pride of our own nimble bodies.
  • Death

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.
  • DeceptionLying

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate --a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes --he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
  • Friends

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.
  • Life

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

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.
  • Morals

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.
  • Night

It blows a snowing gale in the winter of the year; The boats are on the sea and the crews are on the pier.The needle of the vane, it is veering to and fro,A flash of sun is on the veering of the vane.Autumn leaves and rain,The passion of the gale.
  • Oceans

The obscurest epoch is to-day.
  • Present

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
  • Present

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.
  • Religion

To make our idea of morality center on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto.
  • Superstition

It is not much for its beauty that makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle, something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
  • Trees

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
  • Work

Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani.
  • Youth

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
  • friend

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
  • life

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

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
  • arouses

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

Nothing like a little judicious levity.
  • judicious

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
  • friendship

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
  • books

To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.
  • become

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

We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
  • ashamed

Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
  • cases

The obscurest epoch is today.
  • epoch

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
  • arrive

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
  • aversion

The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
  • devil

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
  • beings

You can kill the body but not the spirit.
  • body

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

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
  • absences

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.
  • almost

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.
  • depend

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

The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
  • happy

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.
  • joke

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.
  • dissolution

To forget oneself is to be happy.
  • happy

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
  • anonymous

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.
  • battle

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
  • health

It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
  • another

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
  • pleasant

I've a grand memory for forgetting.
  • forgetting

The world has no room for cowards.
  • cowards

Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide.
  • left

It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
  • behind

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.
  • little

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.
  • abroad

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
  • cruise

Don't judge each day by the harvest that you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
  • plant

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
  • seek

Dont judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
  • future


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