The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson to His Family and Friends, Volume 2

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C. Scribner's sons, 1907
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Page 22 - I am glad you took to it. Many find it dull ; Henry James could not finish it ; all I can say is, it nearly finished me. It was like having an illness.
Page 130 - I am one of the few people in the world who do not forget their own lives. Good-bye, then, my dear fellow, and please write us a word; we expect to have three mails in the next two months : Honolulu, Tahiti, and Guayaquil. But letters will be forwarded from Scribner's, if you hear nothing more definite directly. In ^ (three) days I leave for San Francisco.
Page 290 - slow study,' and sit for a long while silent on my eggs. Unconscious thought, there is the only method: macerate your subject, let it boil slow, then take the lid off and look in — and there your stuff is — good or bad.
Page 441 - If I had to begin again — I know not — si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait ... I know not at all — I believe I should try to honour Sex more religiously. The worst of our education is that Christianity does not recognise and hallow Sex. It looks askance at it, over its shoulder, oppressed as it is by reminiscences of hermits and Asiatic self-tortures. It is a terrible hiatus in our modern religions that they cannot see and make venerable that which they ought to see first and hallow most....
Page 187 - It seemed to cheer her up; but indeed I had scarce said it when we were at the landing-stairs, and there was a great crowd, hundreds of (God save us!) pantomime masks in poor human flesh, waiting to receive the sisters and the new patients.
Page 184 - I have at length finished the Master; it has been a sore cross to me ; but now he is buried, his body's under hatches, — his soul, if there is any hell to go to, gone to hell ; and I forgive him ; it is harder to forgive Burlingame for having induced me to begin the publication, or myself for suffering the induction.
Page 10 - YOUTH now flees on feathered foot, Faint and fainter sounds the flute, Rarer songs of gods; and still Somewhere on the sunny hill, Or along the winding stream, Through the willows, flits a dream...
Page 380 - I am sensitive to criticism, if it be hostile; I am sensitive indeed, when it is friendly; and when I read such criticism as yours, I am emboldened to go on and praise God. You are still young, and you may live to do much. The little artificial popularity of style in England tends, I think, to die out; the British pig returns to his true love, the love of the style-less, of the shapeless, of the slapdash and the disorderly.
Page 191 - The girls have all dolls, and love dressing them. You who know so many ladies delicately clad, and they who know so many dressmakers, please make it known it would be an acceptable gift to send scraps for doll dressmaking to the Reverend Sister Maryanne, Bishop Home, Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaiian Islands. I have seen sights that cannot be told, and heard stories that cannot be repeated : yet I never admired my poor race so much, nor (strange as it may seem) loved life more than in the settlement....
Page 283 - Bailey can hardly fail to attract the indulgence of the Bench. — Yours very truly, ROBERT Louis STEVENSON. I, Robert Louis Stevenson, Advocate of the Scots Bar, author of

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