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To know what you prefer
by Robert Louis Stevenson

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Related topics: Values Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Freedom Choice

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds that you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Live life to the fullest.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

 

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a present you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose,
and the eyes will take care of themselves.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner:
that,
in the dinner, the sweets come last.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise
is to have succeeded in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The world is full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can kill the body but not the spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder,
you must expect him to scream, and you need not be
surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing like a little judicious levity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

That man is a success who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Wine is bottled poetry.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The body is a house of many windows:
there we all sit,
showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I've a grand memory for forgetting.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical,
an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style,
that is the foundation of the art of literature.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Nothing made by brute force lasts.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than
to waste it like a miser.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go
on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace,
like a clock during a thunderstorm.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We live in an ascending scale when we live happily,
one thing leading to another in an endless series.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude,
and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

If a man loves the labour of his trade,
apart from any question of success or fame,
the gods have called him.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The obscurest epoch is today.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Well, well, Henry James is pretty good,
though he is of the nineteenth century,
and that glaringly.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to;
but you must share a joke with someone else.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
- 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

Even if the doctor does not give you a year,
even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave
push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It is one thing to mortify curiosity,
another to conquer it.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business
is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

To forget oneself is to be happy.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle,
not a bed of roses.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Once you are married, there is nothing left for you,
not even suicide.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every one lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child;
it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
- 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

I never weary of great churches.
It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery.
Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your eyes open to your mercies.
The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

It's a pleasant thing to be young, and have ten toes.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I find it useful to remember, everyone lives by selling something.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

Our business in life is not to succeed,
but to continue to fail in good spirits.
- 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

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

No man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson


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