portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson

All archives
Previous Issue (12 November 2002) | Current month | Next Issue (17 November 2002)

Quotes of the Day for 13 November 2002 – Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson was born at Edinburgh, Scotland on this day in 1850. Expecting to follow in his fathers footsteps as an engineer, he went to the University of Edinburgh, but poor health caused him to change his course of studies to the law. He was admitted to the bar as an advocate at age 25, but had already decided to become a writer. Somewhere he changed the Lewis to Louis, so whichever pronunciation you hear for his second name, it was correct for part of his life. I read a lot of Stevenson when I was young and remember it fondly, he could tell stories of travel and adventure brilliantly.

Van's signature

You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

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

Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.

We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best that we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

Wine is bottled poetry.
     - All from Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 - 1894

Do you see an error on this page? A typo, a character that is messed up, a misattribution? Please let us know!