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Robertson Davies Quotes

30 Robertson Davies quotes:

"Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"It isn't everybody who is the hero of his own romance, and when we meet one he is likely to be a fascinating monster"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Romance Quotes
"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact a return to the idealized past"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Future Quotes
"I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"The people who are always monkeying with these great books to make them fully (comprehensible) have no friend in me, for in their realm the fully comprehensible is not worth comprehending"
"To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"Only a fool expects to be happy all the time."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Fools And Foolishness Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Vision Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Ideas Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Circumstance Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"For I was a collaborator with Destiny, not one who put a pistol to its head and demanded particular treasures"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Destiny Quotes
"Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Animals Quotes
"Female beauty is an important Minor Sacrament which cannot be received too often; I am not at all sure that neglect of it does not constitute a sin of some kind"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"I think of an author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, ''I will tell you a story,'' and then he passes the hat."
"The love of truth lies at the root of much humor"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Humorous Quotes
"One of the most difficult tasks for the educated and sophisticated mind is to recognize that some clichés are also important truths"
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Mind Quotes
"The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed - and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet."
"Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time."
Author: Davies Quotes Category: Achievement Quotes Canadian Novelist Quotes
"If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language."

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