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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson in 1893 by Henry Walter Barnett
Robert Louis Stevenson in 1893 by Henry Walter Barnett

Born

Robert Lewis Balfour Stevenson13 November 1850 Edinburgh, Scotland

Died

3 December 1894 Vailima, Samoa

Occupation

Novelist, poet, travel writer

Nationality

Scottish

Citizenship

United Kingdom

Education

1857 Mr. Henderson's School, Edinburgh 1857 Private tutors 1859 Return to Mr. Henderson's School 1861 Edinburgh Academy 1863 Boarding school in Isleworth, Middlesex 1864 Robert Thomson's School, Edinburgh 1867 University of Edinburgh

Period

Victorian era

Notable works

Treasure Island A Child's Garden of Verses Kidnapped Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Spouse

Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne

Relatives

Thomas StevensonMargaret Isabella Balfour

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses.

Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely, in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. His travels took him to France, America and Australia, before he finally settled in Samoa, where he died.

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Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.

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Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.

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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. - Robert Louis Stevenson

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.

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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

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.

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

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

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Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

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

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

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Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.

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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

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.

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Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

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

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

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Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.

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It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. - Robert Louis Stevenson

It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.

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There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. - Robert Louis Stevenson

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

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Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.

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Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.

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