Robert Louis Stevenson

Quotations

For God’s sake, give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.

…the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend. He is a fortunate voyager who finds many. We travel, indeed, to find them. They are the end and the reward of life. They keep us worthy of ourselves; and when we are alone, we are only nearer to the absent.

Travels with a Donkey in the Cevenne, introduction; letter to Sidney Colvin

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.

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

“And, Jim”–looking all round him and lowering his voice to a whisper–“I’m rich.”
I now felt sure that the poor fellow had gone crazy in his solitude, and I suppose I must have shown the feeling in my face, for he repeated the statement hotly: “Rich! Rich! I says. And I’ll tell you what: I’ll make a man of you, Jim. Ah, Jim, you’ll bless your stars, you will, you was the first that found me!”

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

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labour.

El Dorado (Chapter VI of Virginibus Puerisque and Other Essays)