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Robertson Davies Quote: “Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.”


Robertson Davies Quote: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “The great charm of cats is their rampant egotism, their devil-may-care attitude toward responsibility, their disinclination to earn an honest dollar...”

Robertson Davies Quote: “Everything matters. The Universe is approximately fifteen billion years old, and I swear that in all that time, nothing has ever happened that has not mattered, has not contributed in some way to the totality.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “A Library goes on as far as thought can reach.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “I don’t suppose God laughs at the people who think He doesn’t exist. He’s above jokes. But the devil isn’t. That’s one of his most endearing qualities.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “Oh hearts! Nobody gets through life without a broken heart. The important thing is to break the heart so that when it mends it will be stronger than before.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “It seemed to me as if the stones sang, in the strangest voices, in the language of Ultima Thule.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “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 Quote: “After all, we are human beings, and not creatures of infinite possibilities.”


Robertson Davies Quote: “Some countries you love. Some countries you hate. Canada is a country you worry about.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “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 Quote: “This is the Great Theatre of Life. Admission is free, but the taxation is mortal. You come when you can, and leave when you must. The show is continuous. Goodnight.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them...”

Robertson Davies Quote: “The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “One can always tell it’s summer when one sees school teachers hanging about the streets idly, looking like cannibals during a shortage of missionaries.”

Robertson Davies Quote: “All art is holy. Not that it is all long-faced and miserable; it can be wild and wooly. But if it transforms you, it is art. And it is holy.”

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