Robertson Davies

1913 - 1995

A Quote by Robertson Davies on beauty and kindness

Female beauty in an important Minor Sacrament which cannot be received too often; I am no sure at all that the neglect of it does not constitute a sin of some kind.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on babies, cleverness, labor, men, women, and world

Women say . . . that if men had to have babies there would soon be no babies in the world. . . . I have sometimes wished that some clever man would actually have a baby in some new labor-saving way; then all men could take it up, and one of the oldest taunts in the world would be stilled forever.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on good, horses, and imagination

Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground - not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on future, life, mankind, pessimism, and problems

Pessimism is a very easy way out because it is a short view of life. If you look at what is happening around us today, you can't help but feel that life is a terrible complexity of problems. But if you look back a few thousand years, you realize that we have advanced fantastically. If you take a long view, I do not see how you can be pessimistic about the future of mankind.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on automobiles, evil, good, ideas, life, luck, and rest

In India it is regarded as a good idea to dart in front of an oncoming car, for the car is sure to kill the evil spirits who are pursuing you, and all the rest of your life you will have good luck.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on happiness, life, temperament, and unhappiness

Happiness is always a byproduct. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on children, motherhood, and world

All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on health, knowledge, machines, mind, order, and work

Well, allow me to introduce myself to you as an advocate of Ornamental Knowledge. You like the mind to be a neat machine, equipped to work efficiently, if narrowly, and with no extra bits or useless parts. I like the mind to be a dustbin of scraps of brilliant fabric, odd gems, worthless but fascinating curiosities, tinsel, quaint bits of carving, and a reasonable amount of healthy dirt. Shake the machine and it goes out of order; shake the dustbin and it adjusts itself beautifully to its new position.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: Tempest-Tost (1951)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on humor, lies, love, and truth

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on friendship, government, interest, life, and stupidity

If you attack Stupidity you attack an entrenched interest with friends in government and every walk of public life.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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