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 :: 1850-1895, Scottish Essayist, Poet, Novelist

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

 

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It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catch words.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Vocabulary]

 

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Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Marriage]

 

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Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Proverbs]

 

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Night is a dead monotonous period under a roof; but in the open world it passes lightly, with its stars and dews and perfumes, and the hours are marked by changes in the face of Nature. What seems a kind of temporal death to people choked between walls and curtains, is only a light and living slumber to the man who sleeps afield.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Night]

 

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No man is useless while he has a friend.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Marriage]

 

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Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Failure]

 

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

 

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Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Quite 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 - [Meditation]

 

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So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Acceptance]

 

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Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Consequences]

 

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Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Communication]

 

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The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson - [Lies and Lying]

 

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