Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

Extreme busyness is a symptom of deficient vitality and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.

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.

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

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

I travel not to go anywhere but to go.

Every child can remember laying his head in the grass staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies.

There is but one art to omit.

It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive and the true success is to labour.

Must we to bed indeed? Well then Let us arise and go like men And face with an undaunted tread The long black passage up to bed.

In anything fit to be called by the name of reading the process itself should be absorbing and voluptuous; we should gloat over a book be rapt clean out of ourselves.

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

I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed promising subsequent penitence but not yet moved to begin.

And my heart springs up anew Bright and confident and true And the old love comes to meet me in the dawning and the dew.

And if a man reads very hard as the old anecdote reminds us he will have little time for thought.

Here then as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.

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

There is a certain frame of mind to which a cemetery is if not an antidote at least an alleviation. If you are in a fit of the blues go nowhere else.

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

Things looked at patiently from one side after another generally end by showing a side that is beautiful.

Marriage is a step so grave and decisive that it attracts light-headed variable men by its very awfulness.

Strange indeed is the attraction of the forest for the minds of men.

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.

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

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.

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

The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.

my lazy little shadow like an arrant sleepy-head Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Away down the river A hundred miles or more Other little children Shall bring my boats ashore.

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

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

Wealth I ask not hope nor love Nor a friend to know me; All I seek the heaven above And the road below me.

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.

He who has learned to love an art or science has wisely laid up riches against the day of riches.

Suicide carried off many. Drink and the devil took care of the rest

The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;She shines on thieves on the garden wall On streets and fields and harbour quays And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees.

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.

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.

A man finds he has been wrong at every stage of his career only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.

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

An aspiration is a joy forever a possession as solid as a landed estate.

An aspiration is a joy forever a possession as solid as a landed estate a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasurable activity.

To cast in it with Hyde was to die a thousand interests and aspirations.

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.

I am painfully situated Utterson; my position is a very strange - a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking.

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

There can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk; to be affable gay ready clear and welcome.

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

His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest; his affections like ivy were the growth of time they implied no aptness in the object.

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

All sorts of allowances are made for the illusions of youth and none or almost none for the disenchantment of age.

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.

The fact is we are much more afraid of life than our ancestors and cannot find it inourhearts either tomarry or not tomarry.Marriage isterrifying but so is a cold and forlorn old age.

Restfulness is a quality for cattle; the virtues are all active life is alert.

Is there anything in life so disenchanting as achievement?

Love- what is love? A great and aching heart; Wrung hands; and silence; and a long despair

Jealousy is the most radical primeval and naked form of admiration in war paint so to speak.

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

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.

Although I express myself with some degree of pleasantry the purport of my words is entirely serious.

A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused but the petitioner is always I believe rewarded by some gracious visitation.

and he began to understand what a wild game we play in life; he began to understand that a thing once done cannot be undone nor changed by saying "I am sorry!

A little amateur painting in water colors shows the innocent and the quiet mind.

Am I no a bonny fighter?

Some places speak distinctly. Certain dark gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwreck.

To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.

They say cowardice is infectious; but then argument is on the other hand a great emboldener;

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.

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.

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.

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

If you keep on drinking rum the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel

At that time my virtue slumbered; my evil kept awake by ambition was alert and swift to seize the occasion.

The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure make them the easier to destroy and forget.

To have suffered ... sets a keen edge on what remains of the agreeable. This is a great truth and has to be learned in the fire.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth the finding; and it is not to be found in foreign lands but in the heart itself.

Sing a song of seasons; something bright in all flowers in the summer fires in the fall.

All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.

O wind a-blowing all day long O wind that sings so loud a song!

Whenever the moon and stars are set Whenever the wind is high All night long in the dark and wet A man goes riding by.

Trusty dusky vivid true With eyes of gold and bramble-dew Steel-true and blade-straight The great artificer made my mate.

A horrible sense of blackness and the treachery of fate seized hold upon the soul of the unhappy student.

A birdie with a yellow bill Hoped upon the window sill Cocked his shining eye and said: 'Ain't you 'shamed you sleepy-'ead?

Had be been Shakespeare he would then have written Troilus and Cressidato brand the offending sex; but being only a little dog he began to bite them.

Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other both in mind and body.

You can kill the body but not the spirit.

The bold may not live long but the timid never live at all.

If you wish the pick of men and women take a good bachelor and a good wife

For will anyone dare to tell me that business is more entertaining than fooling among boats? He must have never seen a boat or never seen an office who says so.

With the half of a broken hope for a pillow at night That somehow the right is the right And the smooth shall bloom from the rough: Lord if that were enough?

I will make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night. I will make a palace fit for you and me Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.

Blows the wind to-day and the sun and the rain are flying Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying My heart remembers how!

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

If you are going to make a book end badly it must end badly from the beginning.

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

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

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

Anyone can carry their burden however hard until nightfall. Anyone can do their work however hard for one day.

The only noble thing a man can do with money is to build a schooner.

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

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

Nothing made by brute force lasts.

Extreme busyness whether at school or college kirk or market is a symptom of deficient vitality.

Keep busy at something: a busy person never has time to be unhappy.

In winter I get up at night And dress by yellow candle-light. In summer quite the other way I have to go to bed by day.

By the time a man gets well into his seventies his continued existence is a mere miracle.

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

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

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.

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

If a man knows he will sooner or later be robbed upon a journey he will have a bottle of the best in every inn and look upon all his extravagances as so much gained upon the thieves.

Wine is bottled poetry.

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

A bottle of good wine like a good act shines ever in the retrospect.

Let first the onion flourish there Rose among roots the maiden-fair Wine-scented and poetic soul Of the capacious salad bowl.

One more touch of the bow smell of the virginal Green - one more and my bosom Feels new life with an ecstasy.

Faster than fairies faster than witches Bridges and houses hedges and ditches; And charging along like troops in a battle All through the meadows the horses and cattle

There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.

Bright is the ring of words When the right man rings them.

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

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

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.

O my poor old Harry Jekyll if ever I read Satan's signature upon a face it is on that of your new friend.

Do not write merely to be understood. Write so you cannot possibly be misunderstood.

Hope looks for unqualified success; but Faith counts certainly on failure and takes honorable defeat to be a form of victory.

To be is a task for all that a man has of fortitude.

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

Of what shall we be proud of if we are not proud of our friends?

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

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

The true success is to labour.

To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.

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

I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow not the harvest I reap.

Cruel children crying babies All grow up as geese and gabies Hated as their age increases By their nephews and their nieces.

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.

Make up your mind to be happy.

To forget oneself is to be happy.

Like a bird singing in the rain let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.

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

Being happy enables you to be free from domination by the outside world.

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

I had learned to dwell with pleasure as a beloved daydream on the thought of the separation of these elements.

To believe in immortality is one thing but it is first needful to believe in life.

When I say writing O believe me it is rewriting that I have chiefly in mind.

Let any man speak long enough he will get believers.

My idea of man's chief end was to enrich the world with things of beauty and have a fairly good time myself while doing so.

Be what you are and become what you are capable of becoming.

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

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

Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Dogs live with man as courtiers 'round a monarch steeped in the flattery of his notice ... to push their favor in this world of pickings and caresses is perhaps the business of their lives.

The smack of California earth shall linger on the palate of your grandson.

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

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.

But that is the object of long living that man should cease to care about life.

It is not enough to be ready to go where duty calls. A man should stand around where he can hear the call!

Well well Henry James is pretty good though he is of the nineteenth century and that glaringly.

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.

Children are certainly too good to be true.

The true wisdom is to be always seasonable and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances.

Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese--toasted mostly.

You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you now? No? Well many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese-toasted mostly-and woke up again and here I were.

Marriage is one long conversation chequered by disputes.

Since hate poisons the soul don't cherish enmities or grudges: avoid people who make you unhappy.

If I am the chief of sinners I am the chief of sufferers also.

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!

A knowledge that another has felt as we have felt and seen things not much otherwise than we have seen them will continue to the end to be one of life's choicest blessings.

When Christ came into my life I came about like a well-handled ship.

Every book is in an intimate sense a circular-letter to the friends of him who writes it.

The the flower (such as it is) of our civilization.

The San Francisco Stock Exchange was the place that continuously pumped up the savings of the lower classes into the pockets of the millionaires.

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.

We should strive to go on in fortune and misfortune like a clock during a thunderstorm.

It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.

My devil had been long caged he came out roaring

I incline to Cain's heresy " he used to say quaintly: "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.

Happiness eternal or temporal is not the reward that mankind seeks Happinesses are but his wayside companions. His soul is in the journey and in the struggle.

Teacher tender comrade wife A fellow-farer true through life.

Ice and iron cannot be welded.

The saddest object in civilization and to my mind the greatest confession of its failure is the man who can work who wants work and who is not allowed to work.

Don't ever confuse motion with progress.

You're either my ship's cook-and then you were treated handsome-or Cap'n Silver a common mutineer and pirate and then you can go hang!

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

A good conscience is eight parts of courage.

A great part of life consists of contemplating what we cannot cure.

Doubtless the world is quite right in a million ways; but you have to be kicked about a little to convince you of the fact.

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

Death is given in a kiss; the dearest kindnesses are fatal; and into this life where one thing preys upon another the child too often makes its entrance from the mother's corpse.

He recollected his courage.

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.

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

The world has no room for cowards.

We do not go to cowards for tender dealing; there is nothing so cruel as panic; the man who has least fear for his own carcase has most time to consider others.

Once I guessed right And I got credit by't; Thrice I guessed wrong And I kept my credit on.

Life is not a matter of holding good cards

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

This grove that was now so peaceful must then have rung with cries I thought; and even with the thought I could believe I heard it ringing still.

Take care of each other.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Friends: People who know you well but like you anyway. The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

Old and young we are all on our last cruise.

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.

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

Away with funeral music-set The pipe to powerful lips- The cup of life's for him that drinks And not for him that sips.

All error not merely verbal is a strong way of stating that the current truth is incomplete.

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.

Every man is his own doctor of divinity in the last resort.

I am told there are people who do not care for maps and I find it hard to believe.

Sightseeing is the art of disappointment.

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.

You have no idea unless you have tried it how endlessly long is a summer's day that you measure out only by hunger and bring to an end only when you are drowsy.

Some day...after I am dead you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. I cannot tell you.

It is better to be a fool than to be dead.

We fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of fear and pain.

Times are changed with him who marries; there are no more by-path meadows where you may innocently linger but the road lies long and straight and dusty to the grave

Saints are sinners who kept on going.

This profusion of eccentricities this dream in masonry and living rock is not a drop scene in a theatre but a city in the world of reality.

...with a strong strong glow of courage drank off the potion.

Wild horses wouldn't draw it from you?

When your toil has been a pleasure you have not earned money merely but money health delight and moral profit all in one.

The spirit of delight comes in small ways.

Sir with no intention to take offence I deny your right to put words into my mouth.

I believe in an ultimate decency of things.

If this is death it is easier than life.

The obscurest epoch is to-day.

To make our 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.

You must suffer me to go my own dark way.

If they only married when they fell in love most people would die unwed.

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

The difficulty is not to write but to write what you mean.

The world was made before English language and seemingly upon a different design.

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

The Devil can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.

It takes hard writing to make easy reading.

Everyday life is a stimulating mixture of order and haphazardry. The sun rises and sets on schedule but the wind bloweth where it listeth.

Everyone lives by selling something.

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.

The first experience can never be repeated. The first love the first sun-rise the first South Sea Island are memories apart and touched a virginity of sense.

Youth is wholly experimental.

The essence of love is kindness.

The existence of a man is so small a thing to take so mighty a thing to employ

A friend is somebody who loves us with understanding as well as emotion.

Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.

The obscurest epoch is today.

Everything is true; only the opposite is true too; you must believe both equally or be damned.

A man should stop his ears against paralyzing terror and run the race that is set before him with a single mind.

The greatest engineering is the engineering of men.

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.

There is no foreign land; it is the traveller only that is foreign.

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

I've a grand memory for forgetting.

The ideal story is that of two people who go into love step for step with a fluttered consciousness like a pair of children venturing together into a dark room.

Youth now flees on feathered foot.

Live life to the fullest.

No man is useless while he has a friend.

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

That child of Hell had nothing human; nothing lived in him but fear and hatred.

To be feared of a thing and yet to do it is what makes the prettiest kind of a man.

Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child.

We got together in a few days a company of the toughest old salts imaginable--not pretty to look at but fellows by their faces of the most indomitable spirit.

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

If you want a person's faults go to those who love him. They will not tell you but they know.

Jekyll had more than a father's interest; Hyde had more than a son's indifference.

Do not forget that even as "to work is to worship" so to be cheery is to worship also and to be happy is the first step to being pious.

I wish these flies would piss off.

I have seen wicked men and fools a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.

I know what happiness is for I have done good work.

There are two things that men should never weary of goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold proud people.

In the harsh face of life faith can read a bracing gospel.

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.

It is a great thing if you can persuade people that they are somehow or other partakers in a mystery. It makes them feel bigger.

Loving God help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angels the gladness of the shepherds and the worship of the wise men.

Give us courage and gaiety and the quient mind . . .

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

Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head.

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.

Lastly (and this is perhaps the golden rule) no woman should marry a man who does not smoke.

And every day when I've been good I get an orange after food.

There's never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a'terward" - Long John Silver

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

There is nothing but God's grace. We walk upon it; we breathe it; we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe.

In the law of God there is no statute of limitations.

It was for one minute that I saw him but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir if that was my master why had he a mask upon his face?

An intelligent person looking out of his eyes and hearkening in his ears with a smile on his face all the time will get more true education than many another in a life of heroic vigils".

When the teeth are shut the tongue is at home.

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.

If he be Mr. Hyde" he had thought "I shall be Mr. Seek.

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

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.

A hanging in a good quarrel is an easy death they say though I could never hear of any that came back to say so.

I hazard the guess that man will be ultimately known for a mere polity of multifarious incongruous and independent denizens.

Do not measure success by today's harvest. Measure success by the seeds you plant today.

Really don't choose every day from the harvest you experience but from the seeds you plant

I hate to write but I love to have written.

You start a question and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes starting others...

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.

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.

The problem of education is twofold: first to know and then to utter. Everyone who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks.

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

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.

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.

This is still the strangest thing in all man's travelling that he should carry about with him incongruous memories.

The less I understood of this farrago the less I was in a position to judge of its importance.

Fear is the strong passion; it is with fear that you must trifle if you wish to taste the intensest joys of living.

To miss the joy is to miss everything.

Nothing like a little judicious levity.

I kept always two books in my pocket one to read one to write in.

The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.

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

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

Sit loosely in the saddle.

No human being ever spoke of scenery for above two minutes at a time which makes me suspect that we hear too much of it in literature.

Go little book and wish to all Flowers in the garden meat in the hall A bin of wine a spice of wit A house with lawns enclosing it A living river by the door A nightingale in the sycamore!

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

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

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

Truth in spirit not truth to the letter is the true veracity.

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

We are not content to pass away entirely from the scenes of our delight; we would leave if but in gratitude a pillar and a legend.

There is no music like a little river's . . . It takes the mind out-of-doors . . . and . . . it quiets a man down like saying his prayers.

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.

To the old our mouths are always partly closed; we must swallow our obvious retorts and listen. They sit above our heads on life's raised dais and appeal at once to our respect and pity.

The spirit Sir is one of mockery.

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

I lived on rum I tell you. It's been meat and drink and man and wife to me.

Nobody speaks of a beautifful view for 5 minutes

-I am not sure whether he's sane. -If there's any doubt about the matter he is.

The child that is not clean and neat With lots of toys and things to eat He is a naughty child I'm sure-- Or else his dear Papa is poor.

We can only know others by ourselves.

The full truth of this odd matter is what the world has long been looking for and the public curiosity is sure to welcome.

To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall.

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.

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

Don't you know Poole you and I are about to place ourselves in a position of some peril?

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?

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

After all the commonplaces are the great poetic truths.

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

And the true realism always and everywhere is that of the poets: to find out where joy resides and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all.

The rain is falling all around It falls on field and tree It rains on the umbrellas here And on the ships at sea. - Rain

But of works of art little can be said.

If you would grow great and stately You must try to walk sedately.

Going for character: why not now and where you stand?

To be overwise is to ossify; and the scruple-monger ends by standing stockstill.

If it comes to a swinging swing all say I.

I am not afraid of the truth if any one could tell it me but I am afraid of parts of it impertinently uttered.

Courage the footstool of the Virtues upon which they stand.