Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

Profession: Author
Nationality: Scottish

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Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.

STORY OF THE DOOR Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable. At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something.

Partly from the damping influence of this alarm, partly to rest Silver and the sick folk, the whole party sat down as soon as they had gained the brow of the ascent.

Captain, said the squire, the house is quite invisible from the ship. It must be the flag they are aiming at. Would it not be wiser to take it in? Strike my colours! cried the captain. No, sir, not I; and, as soon as he had said the words, I think we all agreed with him.

The horror with which blind and unjust law regards an action never attaches to the doer in the eyes of those who love him.

In short, if youth is not quite right in its opinions, there is a strong probability that age is not much more so. Undying hope is co-ruler of the human bosom with infallible credulity. A man finds he has been wrong at every preceding stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.

And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life.

To flee was more than I could find courage for; but I registered a vow of unsleeping circumspection.

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

To know what you prefer rather than simply saying 'amen' to what the world tells that you should prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

There is no foreign land; it is the traveller only that is foreign.

Her eyes took hold upon mine and clung there, and bound us together like the joining of hands; and the moments we thus stood face to face, drinking each other in, were sacramental and the wedding of souls.

Let any one speak long enough, he will get believers.