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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Scottish essayist, poet and novelist
(1850 - 1894)
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An aspiration is a joy for ever, a possession as solid as a landed estate.
      - [Aspiration]

And my heart springs anew,
  Bright and confident and true,
    And the old love comes to meet me, in the dawning and the dew.
      - a poem [Love]

Away with funeral music--set
  The pipe to powerful lips--
    The cup of life's for him that drinks
      And not for him that sips.
      - at Boulogne [Life]

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
      - [Beginnings]

Every one lives by selling something, whatever be his right to it.
      - [Salesmanship]

Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
      - [Consequences]

Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
      - [Beginnings]

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
      - [Travel]

Give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
      - [Brain]

Give us courage and gaiety and the quient mind . . .
      - [Gifts]

I regard you with an indifference bordering on aversion.
      - [Aversion]

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.
      - a poem [Love]

I, whom Apollo sometime visited,
  Or feigned to visit, now, my day being done,
    Do slumber wholly, nor shall know at all
      The weariness of changes; nor perceive
        Immeasurable sands of centuries
          Drink up the blanching ink, or the loud sound
            Of generations beat the music down.
      - epitaph for himself [Epitaphs]

If you wish the pick of men and women, take a good bachelor and a good wife.
      - [People]

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
      - [Courage]

Let any man speak long enough, he will get believers.
      - [Belief]

Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.
      - [Adaptation]

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords.
      - [Words]

Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese--toasted, mostly.
      - [Cheese]

Marriage is like life in this--that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses.
      - [Matrimony]

Now when the number of my years
  Is all fulfilled and I
    From sedentary life
      Shall rouse me up to die,
        Bury me low and let me lie
          Under the wide and starry sky.
            Joying to live, I joyed to die,
              Bury me low and let me die.
      - a poem [Epitaphs]

Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
      - [Life]

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
      - [Business]

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
      - [Politics]

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.
      - [Quiet]


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