Robert Louis Stevenson
(1850-1894) Scottish Writer, Essayist, Poet, Novelist
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Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
A friend is a present you give to yourself.
A generous prayer is never presented in vain; the petition may be refused, but the petitioner is always, I believe, rewarded by some gracious visitation.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
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.
That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
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.
The cruellest lies are often told in silence.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behoves all of us not to talk about the rest of us.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if it be so, why not now, and where you stand?