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Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

The physician ... is the flower (such as it is) of our civilization. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Ye are a great piper. I'm not fit to blow in the same kingdom with ye. Body of me! ye have mair music in your sporran than I have in my head; And though it still stick in my mind that I could maybe show you another of it with the cold steel, I warn you beforehand-it'll no be fair! It would go against my heart to haggle a man that can blow the pipes as you can! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

It is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

You deal with me very frankly, and I thank you for it,' said I. 'I will try on my side to be no less honest. I believe these deep duties may lie upon your lordship; I believe you may have laid them on your conscience when you took the oaths of the high office which you hold. But for me, who am just a plain man
or scarce a man yet
the plain duties must suffice. I can think but of two things, of a poor soul in the immediate and unjust danger of a shameful death, and of the cries and tears of his wife that still tingle in my head. I cannot see beyond, my lord. It's the way I am made. If the country has to fall, it has to fall. And I pray God, if this is wilful blindness, that He may enlighten me before too late. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

There is but one art, to omit. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Although I express myself with some degree of pleasantry, the purport of my words is entirely serious. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

But of works of art little can be said.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Our affections and beliefs are wiser than we; the best that is in us is better than we can understand; for it is grounded beyond experience, and guides us, blindfold but safe, from one age on to another. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Things looked at patiently from one side after another generally end by showing a side that is beautiful. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

To be honest ... here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I consider the success of my day based on the seeds I sow, not the harvest I reap. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Had be been Shakespeare, he would then have written Troilus and Cressidato brand the offending sex; but being only a little dog, he began to bite them. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

And this shall be for music when no one else is near,
The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!
That only I remember, that only you admire,
Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Times are changed with him who marries; there are no more by-path meadows where you may innocently linger, but the road lies long and straight and dusty to the grave — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Andy Warhol

The teachers liked me. In grade school, they make you copy pictures from books. I think the first one was Robert Louis Stevenson. — Andy Warhol

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Captain," said I, — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

If we take matrimony at it's lowest, we regard it as a sort of friendship recognised by the police. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

To cast in my lot with Jekyll, was to die to those appetites which I had long secretly indulged and had of late begun to pamper. To cast it in with Hyde, was to die to a thousand interests and aspirations, and to become, at a blow and forever, despised and friendless. The bargain might appear unequal; but there was still another consideration in the scales; for while Jekyll would suffer smartingly in the fires of abstinence, Hyde would be not even conscious of all that he had lost. Strange as my circumstances were, the terms of this debate are as old and commonplace as man; much the same inducements and alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner; and it fell out with me, as it falls with so vast a majority of my fellows, that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the strength to keep to it. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

When I suffer in mind, stories are my refuge; I take them like opium; and consider one who writes them as a sort of doctor of the mind. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

That is the bitterness of art: you see a good effect, and some nonsense about sense continually intervenes. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I am painfully situated, Utterson; my position is a very strange--a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking. ~Jekyll — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no music like a little river's ... It takes the mind out-of-doors ... and ... it quiets a man down like saying his prayers. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Alas! in the clothes of the greatest potentate, what is there but a man? — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

A man met a lad weeping. "What do you weep for?" he asked. "I am weeping for my sins," said the lad. "You must have little to do," said the man. The next day, they met again. Once more the lad was weeping. "Why do you weep now?" asked the man. "I am weeping because I have nothing to eat," said the lad. "I thought it would come to that," said the man. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside.
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown-
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Yes," he thought; "he is a doctor, he must know his own state and that his days are counted; and the knowledge is more than he can bear. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

The Flowers
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames
These must all be fairy names!
Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!
Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Well, now I tell you, I never seen good come o' goodness yet. Him as strikes first is my fancy; dead men don't bite; them's my views - amen, so be it. And — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

The man's tongue is fit to frighten the French. Another fever."
Ah, there," said Morgan, "that comed of sp'iling Bibles."
That comed
as you call it
of being arrant asses. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

You have no idea, unless you have tried it, how endlessly long is a summer's day, that you measure out only by hunger, and bring to an end only when you are drowsy. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I have never seen the sea quiet round Treasure Island. The sun might blaze overhead, the air be without a breath, the surface smooth and blue, but still these great rollers would be running along all the external coast, thundering and thundering by day and night; and I scarce believe there is one spot in the island where a man would be out of earshot of their noise. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

I cannot tell if I was more tired or more grateful. Both at least, I was: tired as I never was before that night; and grateful to Gd as I trust I have been often, though never with more cause. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Ice and iron cannot be welded. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Alan," cried I, "what makes ye so good to me? What makes ye care for such a thankless fellow?"
Deed, and I don't, know" said Alan. "For just precisely what I thought I liked about ye, was that ye never quarrelled: - and now I like ye better! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

But the truth of his teaching would seem to be this: in our own person and fortune, we should be ready to accept and to pardon all; it is our cheek we are to turn, our coat that we are to give away to the man who has taken our cloak. But when another's face is buffeted, perhaps a little of the lion will become us best. That we are to suffer others to be injured, and stand by, is not conceivable and surely not desirable. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Children are certainly too good to be true. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and the rain are flying,
Blows the wind on the moors to-day and now,
Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying,
My heart remembers how! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

It is the property of things seen for the first time, or for the first time after long, like the flowers in spring, to reawaken in us the sharp edge of sense and that impression of mystic strangeness which otherwise passes out of life with the coming of years; but the sight of a loved face is what renews a man's character from the fountain upwards. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

he belonged to that class of men who think a weak head the ornament of women - an opinion invariably punished in this life. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Old is the tree and the fruit good,
Very old and thick the wood.
Woodman, is your courage stout?
Beware! the root is wrapped about
Your mother's heart, your father's bones;
And like the mandrake comes with groans. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Joseph B. Wirthlin

I agree with Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote, 'The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life'. — Joseph B. Wirthlin

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Must we to bed indeed? Well then,
Let us arise and go like men,
And face with an undaunted tread
The long black passage up to bed. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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But what is the black spot, captain? — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged. With a transport of glee, I mauled the unresisting body, tasting delight from every blow; and it was not till weariness had begun to succeed, that I was suddenly, in the top fit of my delirium, struck through the heart by a cold thrill of terror. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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The world was made before English language, and seemingly upon a different design. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Suicide carried off many. Drink and the devil took care of the rest — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

All day he hung round the cove or upon the cliffs with a brass telescope; — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

And he began to understand what a wild game we play in life; he began to understand that a thing once done cannot be undone nor changed by saying I am sorry! — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Since hate poisons the soul, don't cherish enmities or grudges: avoid people who make you unhappy. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Them that die'll be the lucky ones. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

This I said in the Irish way, about which there is allowed to be something very engaging. It's a remarkable thing, and a testimony to the love with which our nation is regarded, that this address scarce ever fails in a handsome fellow. I cannot tell how often I have seen a private soldier escape the horse, or a beggar wheedle out a good alms, by a touch of the brogue. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

My idea of man's chief end was to enrich the world with things of beauty, and have a fairly good time myself while doing so. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

My dear," said my mother suddenly, "take the money and run on. I am going to faint." This was certainly the end for us both, I thought. How I cursed the cowardice of the neigbors; how I blamed my poor mother for her honesty and her greed, for her past foolhardiness and present weakness! We were just at the little bridge, by good fortune, and I helped her, tottering as she was, to the edge of the bank, where, sure enough, she gave a sigh and fell on my shoulder. I do not know how I found the strength to do it all, and I am afraid it was roughly done, but I managed to drag her down to the bank and a little way under the arch. Farther I could not mover her, for the bridge was too low to let me do more than crawl below it. So there we had to stay--my mother almost entirely visible and both of us within earshot of the inn. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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The most racking pangs succeeded: a grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death. Then these agonies began swiftly to subside, and I came to myself as if out of a great sickness. There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but innocent freedom of the soul. I knew myself, at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil and the thought, in that moment, braced and delighted me like wine. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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A proposition of geometry does not compete with life; and a proposition of geometry is a fair and luminous parallel for a work of art. Both are reasonable, both untrue to the crude fact; both inhere in nature, neither represents it. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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... Bear up until you see you're gaining. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

To My Mother
You too, my mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

To miss the joy is to miss everything. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

But at a certain stage of prosperity, as in a balloon ascent, the fortunate person passes through a zone of clouds, and sublunary matters are thenceforward hidden from his view. He sees nothing but the heavenly bodies, all in admirable order, and positively as good as new. He finds himself surrounded in the most touching manner by the attentions of Providence, and compares himself involuntarily with the lilies and the skylarks. He does not precisely sing, of course; but then he looks so unassuming in his open landau! If all the world dined at one table, this philosophy would meet with some rude knocks. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

To be feared of a thing and yet to do it, is what makes the prettiest kind of a man. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

And indeed bad as his clothes were and coarsely as he spoke, he had none of the appearance of a man who sailed before the mast, but seemed like a mate or skipper accustomed to be obeyed or to strike. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Hosts loved to detain the dry lawyer, when the light-hearted and loose-tongued had already their foot on the threshold; they liked to sit awhile in his unobtrusive company, practicing for solitude, sobering their minds in the man's rich silence after the expense and strain of gaiety. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;
She shines on thieves on the garden wall,
On streets and fields and harbour quays,
And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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I wish these flies would piss off. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By David P. Gushee

Let kindness go from us to others with every gift, and good desires with every Christmas greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with a clear heart. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen. - ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON — David P. Gushee

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Ah, said Silver, it were fortunate for me that I had Hawkins here. You would have let old john be cut to bits, and never given it a thought, doctor.
'Not a thought,' replied Dr. Livesey cheerily. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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The saddest object in civilization, and to my mind the greatest confession of its failure, is the man who can work, who wants work, and who is not allowed to work. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Don't ever confuse motion with progress. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

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. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Anyone can carry their burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one day. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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I who all the Winter through,
Cherished other loves than you
And kept hands with hoary policy in marriage-bed and pew;
Now I know the false and true,
For the earnest sun looks through,
And my old love comes to meet me in the dawning and the dew. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Youth now flees on feathered foot. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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If thy morals make thee dreary, depend upon it they are wrong — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Nobody speaks of a beautifful view for 5 minutes — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by. — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Hope looks for unqualified success; but Faith counts certainly on failure, and takes honorable defeat to be a form of victory. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson Robert Louis Quotes By Robert Louis Stevenson

Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child. — Robert Louis Stevenson