Robertson Davies Quotes

It sometimes seems to me, as I look back over my life, that smoking has achieved the status of the Ultimate Curse which was, in my boyhood, conferred upon masturbation. This indulgence, we were assured, would sap the intellect, bring about rot of the spine and loss of the reason, and within measurable time destroy […]

Pessimism is a very easy way out when you’re considering what life really is, because pessimism is a short view of life – If you take a long view, I do not see how you can be pessimistic about the future of man or the future of the world.

Other-directed appears to be nothing more than a sociological term for weak-minded.

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also the most difficult task.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

I once had a friend who was applying for a position in a large financial house… and the Big Boss said, rather truculently, ‘Do you consider yourself a member of the intelligentsia?’ ‘No,’ relied my friend, ‘A member of the intelligentsia is what I aspire some day to be.'”

She has been kissed as often as a police-court Bible, and by much the same class of people.

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.

I do not ‘get’ ideas; ideas get me.

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.