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Robert Louis Stevenson Quotes

47 of the best book quotes from Robert Louis Stevenson
  1. #1
    “You start a question, and it’s like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others...”
  2. #2
    “There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.”
  3. #3
    “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.”
  4. #4
    “His affections, like ivy, were the growth of time, they implied no aptness in the object.”
  5. #5
    “The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance.”
  6. #6
    “Strange as my circumstances were, the terms of this debate
    are as old and commonplace as man; much the same inducements and
    alarms cast the die for any tempted and trembling sinner; and it
    fell out with me, as it falls with so vast a majority of my
    fellows, that I chose the better part and was found wanting in the
    strength to keep to it.”
  7. #7
    “Under the strain of this continually impending doom and by the sleeplessness to which I now condemned myself, ay, even beyond what I had thought possible to man, I became, in my own person, a creature eaten up and emptied by fever, languidly weak both in body and mind, and solely occupied by one thought: the horror of my other self.”
  8. #8
    “She had an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy; but her manners were excellent.”
  9. #9
    “Jekyll had more than a father’s interest; Hyde had more than a son’s indifference.”
  1. #10
    “I incline to Cain’s heresy,” he used to say quaintly: “I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.”
  2. #11
    “I had learned to dwell with pleasure as a beloved daydream on the
    thought of the separation of these elements. If each I told myself could be housed in separate identities life would be relieved of all that was unbearable the unjust might go his way delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path doing the good things in which he found his pleasure and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil.”
  3. #12
    “O my poor old Harry Jekyll, if ever I read Satan’s signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend.”
  4. #13
    “To cast in it with Hyde was to die a thousand interests and aspirations.”
  5. #14
    “If it comes to swinging, swing all, say I.”
  6. #15
    I remember him looking round the cover and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards:
    “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest—
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
  7. #16
    “My father was always saying the inn would be ruined, for people would soon cease coming there to be tyrannized over and put down, and sent shivering to their beds; but I really believe his presence did us good. People were frightened at the time, but on looking back they rather liked it; it was a fine excitement in a quiet country life . . . ”
  8. #17
    “Dead men don’t bite.”
  9. #18
    “There’s never a man looked me between the eyes and seen a good day a’terwards . . . ”

Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Treasure Island book
Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Ingpen
Chapter book
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A Child's Garden of Verses book
Robert Louis Stevenson, Gyo Fujikawa
Picture book
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My Shadow book
Robert Louis Stevenson, Glenna Lang
Picture book
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The Bottle Imp book
Robert Louis Stevenson, Jacqueline Mair
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From a Railway Carriage book
Robert Louis Stevenson
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The Land of Counterpane book
Robert Louis Stevenson, Nancy Harrison
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde book
Robert Louis Stevenson
Chapter book
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  1. #19
    I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow—a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man, his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulder of his soiled blue coat, his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails, and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white.
  2. #20
    “We must go on, because we can’t turn back.”
  3. #21
    “It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it. ”
  4. #22
    “With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”
  5. #23
    “You must suffer me to go my own dark way.”
  6. #24
    “If he be Mr. Hyde,” he had thought, “I shall be Mr. Seek.”
  7. #25
    “If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.”
  8. #26
    “I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”
  9. #27
    “I sometimes think if we knew all, we should be more glad to get away.”
  1. #28
    “Some day...after I am dead, you may perhaps come to learn the right and wrong of this. I cannot tell you.”
  2. #29
    “This was the shocking thing; that the slime of the pit seemed to utter cries and voices; that the amorphous dust gesticulated and sinned; that what was dead, and had no shape, should usurp the offices of life. And this again, that that insurgent horror was knit to him closer than a wife, closer than an eye; lay caged in his flesh, where he heard it mutter and felt it struggle to be born; and at every hour of weakness, and in the confidence of slumber, prevailed against him, and deposed him out of life.”
  3. #30
    “Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.”
  4. #31
    “It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face?”
  5. #32
    “I like that boy, now; I never seen a better boy than that. He’s more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house, and what I say is this: let me see him that’ll lay a hand on him—that’s what I say, and you may lay to it.”
  6. #33
    “I’ve sailed the seas and seen good and bad, better and worse, fair weather and foul, provisions running out, knives going, and what not. Well, now I tell you, I never seen good come o’ goodness yet. Him as strikes first is my fancy; dead men don’t bite; them’s my views—amen, so be it.”
  7. #34
    I’m cap’n here because I’m the best man by a long sea-mile.
  8. #35
    This grove that was now so peaceful must then have rung with cries, I thought; and even with the thought I could believe I heard it ringing still.
  9. #36
    But it was not its size that now impressed my companions; it was the knowledge that seven hundred thousand pounds in gold lay somewhere buried below its spreading shadow. The thought of the money, as they drew nearer, swallowed up their previous terrors. Their eyes burned in their heads; their feet grew speedier and lighter; their whole soul was bound up in that fortune, that whole lifetime of extravagance and pleasure, that lay waiting there for each of them.
  1. #37
    “Seaward, ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.”
  2. #38
    “If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!”
  3. #39
    “How many it had cost in the amassing, what blood and sorrow, what good ships scuttled on the deep, what brave men walking the plank blindfold, what shot of cannon, what shame and lies and cruelty, perhaps no man alive could tell.”
  4. #40
    But what is the black spot, captain?
  5. #41
    Then it was that there came into my head the first of the mad notions that contributed so much to save our lives.
  6. #42
    [T]hese gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17__ and go back to the time when my father kept the Admiral Benbow inn and the brown old seaman with the sabre cut first took up his lodging under our roof.
  7. #43
    “Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.”
  8. #44
    “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest—
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
    Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
  9. #45
    “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest—
    Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
  10. #46
    Between Silver and myself we got together in a few days a company of the toughest old salts imaginable—not pretty to look at, but fellows, by their faces, of the most indomitable spirit.
  11. #47
    The captain has said too much or he has said too little, and I’m bound to say that I require an explanation of his words.
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