96 Total Quotes

Robertson Davies Quotes

Robertson Davies
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Luck

Robertson Davies
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.
Robertson Davies
#Writers And Writing

Robertson Davies
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.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Achievement

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Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged to have large spiritual adventures.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Canada

Robertson Davies
She has been kissed as often as a police-court Bible, and by much the same class of people
Robertson Davies
#Class

Robertson Davies
Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did. They'd have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist

Robertson Davies
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons
Robertson Davies
#Animals

Robertson Davies
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.
Robertson Davies
#Happiness

Robertson Davies
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.
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#Canadian Novelist #Doctrine

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.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Age And Aging

Robertson Davies
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Books And Reading

Robertson Davies
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Doubt

Robertson Davies
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Art

Robertson Davies
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.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist #Pornography

Robertson Davies
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.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist

Robertson Davies
The young are often accused of exaggerating their troubles; they do so, very often, in the hope of making some impression upon the inertia and the immovability of the selfish old.
Robertson Davies
#Hope

Robertson Davies
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional and common sense continual.
Robertson Davies
#Common Sense

Robertson Davies
May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist

Robertson Davies
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist

Robertson Davies
In my experience tact is usually worse than the brutalities of truth
Robertson Davies
#Experience

Robertson Davies
The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist