Robertson Davies

« Page 1 from 11, showing 1 - 25 from 257 »

Robertson Davies

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.More Robertson Davies [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Robertson Davies [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.More Robertson Davies [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.More Robertson Davies [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.More Robertson Davies [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.More Robertson Davies [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.More Robertson Davies [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

« Page 1 from 11, showing 1 - 25 from 257 »

Quotes of the month

Anatoly Yurkin Avatar the circumstances. (Anatoly Yurkin) [03/04/2020 06:03:16] More


Anatoly Yurkin Being is a project formed in being, and what is achieved is realized by alienation. (Anatoly Yurkin) [03/17/2020 05:03:20] More


Anatoly Yurkin Avatar time. (Anatoly Yurkin) [03/21/2020 12:03:49] More


Anatoly Yurkin The map of the world is not visible because of the grid of borders for someone who has not mastered the skill of alienation. (Anatoly Yurkin) [03/23/2020 10:03:47] More


Anatoly Yurkin Prudence in choosing enemies reaches record levels in those who do not have friends. (Anatoly Yurkin) [03/24/2020 01:03:21] More