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Robertson Davies quotes: Any theologian understands martyrdom, but only the martyr experiences the fire. Any theologian understands martyrdom, but only the martyr experiences the fire.
Robertson Davies quotes: Boredom and stupidity and patriotism, especially when combined, are three of the greatest evils of the world we live in. Boredom and stupidity and patriotism, especially when combined, are three of the greatest evils of the world we live in.
Robertson Davies quotes: The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
Robertson Davies quotes: You'll go far. How do I know? Because life is goosing you so hard you'll never stop climbing. You'll go far. How do I know? Because life is goosing you so hard you'll never stop climbing.
Robertson Davies quotes: Love affairs are for emotional sprinters; the pleasures of love are for the emotional marathoners. Love affairs are for emotional sprinters; the pleasures of love are for the emotional marathoners.
Robertson Davies quotes: I cannot remember a time when I did not take it as understood that everybody has at least two, if not twenty-two sides to him. I cannot remember a time when I did not take it as understood that everybody has at least two, if not twenty-two sides to him.
Robertson Davies quotes: A world without corruption would be a strange world indeed - and a damned bad world for lawyers, let me say. A world without corruption would be a strange world indeed - and a damned bad world for lawyers, let me say.
Robertson Davies quotes: Conversation in its true meaning isn't all wagging the tongue; sometimes it is a deeply shared silence. Conversation in its true meaning isn't all wagging the tongue; sometimes it is a deeply shared silence.
Robertson Davies quotes: Nobody who looks as though he enjoyed life is ever called distinguished, though he is a man in a million. Nobody who looks as though he enjoyed life is ever called distinguished, though he is a man in a million.
Robertson Davies quotes: Very few [doctors] are men of science in any very serious sense; they're men of technique. Very few [doctors] are men of science in any very serious sense; they're men of technique.
Robertson Davies quotes: Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving. Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.
Robertson Davies quotes: Wisdom may be rented ... on the experience of other people, but we buy it at an inordinate price before we make it our own forever. Wisdom may be rented ... on the experience of other people, but we buy it at an inordinate price before we make it our own forever.
Robertson Davies quotes: I don't think Emily was quite up to the demands of being everything to Chips. Love lays heavy burdens on the loved one, sometimes I don't think Emily was quite up to the demands of being everything to Chips. Love lays heavy burdens on the loved one, sometimes
Robertson Davies quotes: Women tell men things that men are not very likely to find out for themselves. Women tell men things that men are not very likely to find out for themselves.
Robertson Davies quotes: To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser. To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Robertson Davies quotes: Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Robertson Davies quotes: Be not another if thou canst be thyself. Be not another if thou canst be thyself.
Robertson Davies quotes: Some countries you love. Some countries you hate. Canada is a country you worry about. Some countries you love. Some countries you hate. Canada is a country you worry about.
Robertson Davies quotes: "There is no disputing about tastes," says the old saw. In my experience there is little else. "There is no disputing about tastes," says the old saw. In my experience there is little else.
Robertson Davies quotes: Myself: But wasn't the decision a right one? Am I not here? What more could Feeling have achieved than was brought about by Reason? Myself: But wasn't the decision a right one? Am I not here? What more could Feeling have achieved than was brought about by Reason?
Robertson Davies quotes: All eras of history are an equal distance from eternity. All eras of history are an equal distance from eternity.
Robertson Davies quotes: No one needs a word processor if he has an efficient secretary. No one needs a word processor if he has an efficient secretary.
Robertson Davies quotes: I was afraid and did not know what I feared, which is the worst kind of fear. I was afraid and did not know what I feared, which is the worst kind of fear.
Robertson Davies quotes: Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground - not a flying carpet to set you free from probability. Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground - not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.
Robertson Davies quotes: Subtle wits like to refresh themselves with a whiff of mild indecency. Subtle wits like to refresh themselves with a whiff of mild indecency.
Robertson Davies quotes: If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow-creature s let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself. If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow-creature s let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.
Robertson Davies quotes: God, youth is a terrible time! So much feeling and so little notion of how to handle it! God, youth is a terrible time! So much feeling and so little notion of how to handle it!
Robertson Davies quotes: You can't persuade most of the public that education and making a living aren't the same thing. You can't persuade most of the public that education and making a living aren't the same thing.
Robertson Davies quotes: A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
Robertson Davies quotes: Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.
Robertson Davies quotes: When a man is down on his luck he seems to consume all he can get of coffee and doughnuts. When a man is down on his luck he seems to consume all he can get of coffee and doughnuts.
Robertson Davies quotes: I just am a Canadian. It is not a thing which you can escape from. It is like having blue eyes I just am a Canadian. It is not a thing which you can escape from. It is like having blue eyes
Robertson Davies quotes: Geordie wrote a letter to Mr. Webster in which the shrieking figure of Apology was hounded through a labyrinth of agonized syntax. Geordie wrote a letter to Mr. Webster in which the shrieking figure of Apology was hounded through a labyrinth of agonized syntax.
Robertson Davies quotes: There is absolutely no point in sitting down to write a book unless you feel that you must write that book, or else go mad, or die. There is absolutely no point in sitting down to write a book unless you feel that you must write that book, or else go mad, or die.
Robertson Davies quotes: Wake up! Be yourself, not a bad copy of something else! Wake up! Be yourself, not a bad copy of something else!
Robertson Davies quotes: Fiction is not photography, it's oil painting. Fiction is not photography, it's oil painting.
Robertson Davies quotes: So Leola thought that a modest romance with a hero in embryo could do no harm - might even be a patriotic duty. So Leola thought that a modest romance with a hero in embryo could do no harm - might even be a patriotic duty.
Robertson Davies quotes: What an amusing drama life is when one is not obliged to be one of the characters! What an amusing drama life is when one is not obliged to be one of the characters!
Robertson Davies quotes: Life itself is too great a miracle for us to make so much fuss about potty little reversals of what we pompously assume to be the natural order. Life itself is too great a miracle for us to make so much fuss about potty little reversals of what we pompously assume to be the natural order.
Robertson Davies quotes: The nature of happiness is such that happiness retreats the more intensely you pursue it. The nature of happiness is such that happiness retreats the more intensely you pursue it.
Robertson Davies quotes: Sometimes fear could be forgotten, but never for long. Sometimes fear could be forgotten, but never for long.
Robertson Davies quotes: The gods destroy the heroes with a sudden blow, but they grind us mediocrities for weary, weary years. The gods destroy the heroes with a sudden blow, but they grind us mediocrities for weary, weary years.
Robertson Davies quotes: A big man is always accused of gluttony, whereas a wizened or osseous man can eat like a refugee at every meal, and no one ever notices his greed. A big man is always accused of gluttony, whereas a wizened or osseous man can eat like a refugee at every meal, and no one ever notices his greed.
Robertson Davies quotes: When one is traveling, one must expect to spend a certain amount of money foolishly. When one is traveling, one must expect to spend a certain amount of money foolishly.
Robertson Davies quotes: 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. 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.
Robertson Davies quotes: The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task. The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
Robertson Davies quotes: Here are some homosexuals whom we would do well to take seriously. Here are some homosexuals whom we would do well to take seriously.
Robertson Davies quotes: But what I knew then was that nobody-not even my mother-was to be trusted in a strange world that showed very little of itself in the surface. But what I knew then was that nobody-not even my mother-was to be trusted in a strange world that showed very little of itself in the surface.
Robertson Davies quotes: The division between art and deviousness and crime is sometimes as thin as a cigarette paper. The division between art and deviousness and crime is sometimes as thin as a cigarette paper.
Robertson Davies quotes: The Alexander Technique keeps the body alive, at ages when many people have resigned themselves to irreversible decline. The Alexander Technique keeps the body alive, at ages when many people have resigned themselves to irreversible decline.
Robertson Davies quotes: Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
Robertson Davies quotes: The only people who make any sense in the world are those who know that whatever happens to them has its roots in what they are. The only people who make any sense in the world are those who know that whatever happens to them has its roots in what they are.
Robertson Davies quotes: The inert mind is a greater danger than the inert body, for it overlays and stifles the desire to live. The inert mind is a greater danger than the inert body, for it overlays and stifles the desire to live.
Robertson Davies quotes: If you don't hurry up and let life know what you want, life will damned soon show you what you'll get. If you don't hurry up and let life know what you want, life will damned soon show you what you'll get.
Robertson Davies quotes: You are certainly unique. Everyone is unique. Nobody has ever suffered quite like you before because nobody has ever been you before. You are certainly unique. Everyone is unique. Nobody has ever suffered quite like you before because nobody has ever been you before.
Robertson Davies quotes: Inactivity and deprivation of all accustomed stimulus is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb Inactivity and deprivation of all accustomed stimulus is not rest; it is a preparation for the tomb
Robertson Davies quotes: I was not sure I wanted to issue orders to life; I rather liked the Greek notion of allowing Chance to take a formative hand in my affairs. I was not sure I wanted to issue orders to life; I rather liked the Greek notion of allowing Chance to take a formative hand in my affairs.
Robertson Davies quotes: Which was complimentary but unhelpful, because the librarians were tough. Which was complimentary but unhelpful, because the librarians were tough.