Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894

A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on friendship and self

A friend is a present you give yourself.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on breathe, breathing, life, living, stars, light, and work

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.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

To look back upon the past year, and see how little we have striven and to what small purpose: and how often we have been cowardly and hung back, or temerarious and rushed unwisely in; and how every day and all day long we have transgressed the law of kindness;-it may seem a paradox, but in the bitterness of these discoveries, a certain consolation resides. Life is not designed to minister to a man's vanity. He goes upon his long business most of the time with a hanging head, and all the time like a blind child. Full of rewards and pleasures as it is-so that to see the day break or the moon rise, or to meet a friend, or to hear the dinner-call when he is hungry, fills him with surprising joys-this world is yet for him no abiding city. Friendships fall through, health fails, weariness assails him; year after year, he must thumb the hardly varying record of his own weakness and folly. It is a friendly process of detachment. When the time comes that he should go, there need be few illusions left about himself. 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 (1850 - 1894)

Source: Robert Louis Stevenson's Christmas Sermon

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

[T]he kingdom of heaven is of the childlike, of those who are easy to please, who love and who give pleasure. Mighty men of their hands, the smiters and the builders and the judges, have lived long and done sternly and yet preserved this lovely character; and among our carpet interests and twopenny concerns, the shame were indelible if we should lose it. Gentleness and cheerfulness, these come before all morality; they are the perfect duties.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Source: Robert Louis Stevenson's Christmas Sermon

Contributed by: Boniva

A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson

There is indeed one element in human destiny that not blindness itself can controvert: whatever else we are intended to do, we are not intended to succeed; failure is the fate allotted. It is so in every art and study; it is so above all in the continent art of living well.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Source: A Christmas Sermon by Robert Louis Stevenson

Contributed by: Boniva

A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on travel, moving, and perspective

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

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on vegetarianism

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.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on life, priorities, appreciation, and path

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 before you.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on fate, secret, and fools

...even I ... if I had sat down to think, instead of raging at my fate, must have soon guessed the secret, and got free...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.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Source: Kidnapped (Penguin Classics)

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on http www famous-quotes-and-inspirational-quotes co

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 one is useless while they have a friend.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Source: love, friend, serve, service

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

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