The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
We live in an ascending scale when we live happily, one thing leading to another in an endless series.
You could read Kant by yourself, if you wanted; but you must share a joke with some one else.
To become what we are capable of becoming is the only end in life.
You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
No man is useless while he has a friend.
The truth that is suppressed by friends is the readiest weapon of the enemy.
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.
There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
So long as we love, we serve; 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.
You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition; but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes, or staring when you were in a fit of laughter, would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.
You can kill the body but not the spirit.
When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion.
When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.
The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
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.
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
Once you are married, there is nothing left for you, not even suicide.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.
Marriage is like life - it is a field of battle, not a bed of roses.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.
If your morals make you dreary, depend on it, they are wrong.
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
Well, well, Henry James is pretty good, though he is of the nineteenth century, and that glaringly.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Even if the doctor does not give you a year, even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
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.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
When it comes to my own turn to lay my weapons down, I shall do so with thankfulness and fatigue, and whatever be my destiny afterward, I shall be glad to lie down with my fathers in honor. It is human at least, if not divine.
To be idle requires a strong sense of personal identity.
The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
Robert Louis Balfour Stevensonwas a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses...