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Robert Louis Stevenson Facts

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Conan Doyle, Cesare Pavese, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." (1850 – 1894)

Quotes by Robert Louis Stevenson

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The obscurest epoch is today.
Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

We must accept life for what it actually is - a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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