Robertson Davies

1913 - 1995

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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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, drugs, lies, lovers, people, reality, and thought

Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command. They want books as a Turk is thought to want concubines - not to be hastily deflowered, but to be kept at their master's call, and enjoyed more often in thought than in reality.

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

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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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