Robert Louis Stevenson Quotations

Robert Louis Stevenson

Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

I regard you with an indifference bordering on aversion.

Is there anything in life so disenchanting as attainment?

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

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

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.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits.

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

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.

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.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

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.

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.

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.