Robertson Davies

1913 - 1995

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 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

Contributed by: Zaady

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 books, church, desires, elderly, people, possessions, and secrets

Real bibliophiles do not put their books on shelves for people to look at or handle. They have no desire to show off their darlings, or to amaze people with their possessions. They keep their prized books hidden away in a secret spot to which they resort stealthily, like a Caliph visiting his harem, or a church elder sneaking into a bar. To be a book collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope-fiend with those of a miser.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Robertson Davies on attitude, cats, charm, devil, egotism, honesty, and responsibility

The great charm of cats is their rampant egotism, their devil may care attitude toward responsibility, and their disinclination to earn an honest dollar.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, difficulty, and love

I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them. Censors only read a book with great difficulty, moving their lips as they puzzle out each syllable, when someone tells them that the book is unfit to read.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on animals, dogs, people, and popularity

The dog is a yes-animal. Very popular with people who can't afford a yes man.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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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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