Robert Louis Stevenson (b. November 13): “Always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in…”

13 Nov

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 IslandKidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Quotes on writing:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. 
  4. 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. 
  5. I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.

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