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 :: 1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

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The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Sin]

 

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All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Speech]

 

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To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Success]

 

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To make our idea of morality center on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Taboos]

 

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For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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He travels best that knows when to return. Middleton 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 - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Truth]

 

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Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catch words.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Vocabulary]

 

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You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Weakness]

 

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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Present]

 

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The obscurest epoch is to-day.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Present]

 

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Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Proverbs]

 

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Everyone lives by selling something.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Sales]

 

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To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Intelligence and Intellectuals]

 

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If a man loves the labor of his trade apart from any question of success or fame, the Gods have called him.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Labor]

 

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Lies and Lying]

 

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