I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

Profession: Author
Nationality: Scottish

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The world has no room for cowards.

A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation.

Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?

You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.

Though so profound a double-dealer, I was in no sense a hypocrite; both sides of me were in dead earnest; I was no more myself when I laid aside restraint and plunged in shame, than when I laboured, in the eye of day, at the furtherance of knowledge or the relief of sorrow and suffering.

Take a cutlass, him that dares, and I'll see the colour of his inside, crutch and all, before that pipe's empty.

I am not afraid of the truth, if any one could tell it me, but I am afraid of parts of it impertinently uttered.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.

Men on the dead mans chest - yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.

I often think the happiest consequences seem to follow when a gentelman consults his lawyer, and takes all the law allows him.

A friend is a gift you give yourself.

Well, sir, the two ran into one another naturally enough at the corner; and then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground. It sounds nothing to hear, but it was hellish to see. It wasn't like a man; it was like some damned Juggernaut.

The last, I think; for, O my poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan's signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend.

The veil of self-indulgence was rent from head to foot. I saw my life as a whole.