Robertson Davies

1913 - 1995

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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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 doubt and fanaticism

Fanaticism is . . . overcompensation for doubt.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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