Quotes by 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.
- The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.
- The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
- Their very conservatism is secondhand, and they don't know what they are conserving.
- 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.