Robert Louis Stevenson (born 13 November 1850, died 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer whose most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Quotes on writing:
- Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
- The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
- All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
- 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.
- I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.