"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."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Robert Louis Stevenson on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Robert Louis Stevenson on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Robert Louis Stevenson on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Robert Louis Stevenson on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Robert Louis Stevenson on Abraham Lincoln
"Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health."
"Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords."
"The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature."
"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit."
"We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend."