"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Robert Louis Stevenson on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Robert Louis Stevenson on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Robert Louis Stevenson on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Robert Louis Stevenson on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Robert Louis Stevenson on Joseph Stalin
"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."