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Robertson Davies Quotes and Sayings

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Their very conservatism is secondhand,
and they don't know what they are conserving.
- Robertson Davies

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Students today are a pretty solemn lot.
One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth
century has been to make the young old before their time.
- Robertson Davies

The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is,
I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning,
and from that irreverence love may spring.
- Robertson Davies

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog;
fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest
survive when attacked by a mad notion.
- Robertson Davies

 

I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me.
- Robertson Davies

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself.
It is also his most difficult task.
- Robertson Davies

What we call luck is the inner man externalized.
We make things happen to us.
- Robertson Davies

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No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.
- Robertson Davies

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
- Robertson Davies

Pornography is rather like trying to find out about
a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about
it and perhaps hum a few bars.
- Robertson Davies

A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
- Robertson Davies

A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
- Robertson Davies

I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern,
rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears
and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.
- Robertson Davies

Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
- Robertson Davies

Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
- Robertson Davies

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
- Robertson Davies

You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.
- Robertson Davies

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said,
however inexperienced the writer.
- Robertson Davies

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is,
in fact, a return to the idealised past.
- Robertson Davies

Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.
- Robertson Davies

Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged
to have large spiritual adventures.
- Robertson Davies

We wanted to meet him, for though we were neither of
us naive people we had not wholly lost our belief that
it is delightful to meet artists who have given us pleasure.
- Robertson Davies

The drama may be called that part of theatrical art
which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion:
what is left is theater.
- Robertson Davies

Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did.
They'd have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.
- Robertson Davies

To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics
of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
- Robertson Davies

If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional,
and common sense continual.
- Robertson Davies

I never heard of anyone who was really literate or
who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
- Robertson Davies

May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down:
write down what you feel.
It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
- Robertson Davies

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
- Robertson Davies

Authors like cats because they are such quiet,
lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- Robertson Davies

Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible
circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
- Robertson Davies

A truly great book should be read in youth,
again in maturity and once more in old age,
as a fine building should be seen by morning light,
at noon and by moonlight.
- Robertson Davies

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not,
at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with
every weapon of communal stupidity.
- Robertson Davies

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a
curious belief that every author longs to extend the
boundaries of literary art,
wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit,
and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
- Robertson Davies

Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody.
I have seen such diets at work.
I have known people who have actually read all,
or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books.
God save us from reading nothing but the best.
- Robertson Davies

The great book for you is the book that has the most
to say to you at the moment when you are reading.
I do not mean the book that is most instructive,
but the book that feeds your spirit.
And that depends on your age, your experience,
your psychological and spiritual need.
- Robertson Davies

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We get to CHOOSE the meaning for our lives.
Our lives mean exactly what we say they do - no more, no less.
Each of us chooses their path in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most common way people give up their power
is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

No, they don't appreciate you - and it's not their job.
It's your own job to appreciate yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
- George Bernard Shaw

Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Men are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it.
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
- Epictetus

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
they turn their efforts toward changing it.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

All endeavors which are directed to a purely worldly end,
contain within themselves the seeds of their own corruption.
- Theodore H. White

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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