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60 Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes on Life (WRITING)

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“The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of 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.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
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.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.
The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.

5 Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes on Happiness

“A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note. He or she is a radiating focus of goodwill; and their entrance into a room is as though another candle had been lighted.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.

5 Wise Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes on Writing

It takes hard writing to make easy reading.
It takes hard writing to make easy reading.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.
Do not write merely to be understood. Write so you cannot possibly be misunderstood.
Do not write merely to be understood. Write so you cannot possibly be misunderstood.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

13 WiseRobert Louis Stevenson Quotes to Live By (WISDOM)

“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.
Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.
There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.
There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.
You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
Be what you are, and become what you are capable of becoming.
Be what you are, and become what you are capable of becoming.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me; all I ask, the heavens above, and the road below me.
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me; all I ask, the heavens above, and the road below me.

3 Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes on Love and Relationship

So long as we love we serve; 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.
So long as we love we serve; 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.
Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.

2 Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes on Success

If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question ofsuccess or fame, the gods have called him.
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.

8 Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes About Life and Traveling

“In each of us, two natures are at war – the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose – what we want most to be we are.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
There is nothing but God's grace. We walk upon it; we breathe it; we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe.
There is nothing but God’s grace. We walk upon it; we breathe it; we live and die by it; it makes the nails and axles of the universe.

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

Robert Louis Stevenson
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
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.
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.

14 Thought-provoking Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes that Will Make You Think

“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
The bold may not live long, but the timid never live at all.
The bold may not live long, but the timid never live at all.
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.
It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable, in retrospect.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable, in retrospect.
All sorts of allowances are made for the illusions of youth; and none, or almost none, for the disenchantments of age.
All sorts of allowances are made for the illusions of youth; and none, or almost none, for the disenchantments of age.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.
You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.
Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.
Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
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 minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Wine is bottled poetry.
Wine is bottled poetry.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
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.
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.

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