Robertson Davies Quotes

The people who fear humor – and there are many -are suspicious of its power to present things in unexpected lights to question received opinions and to suggest unforeseen possibilities.

The love that dare not speak its name has become the love that won’t shut up.

The Sin of Sodom, you mean? If you knew boys as I do, you would not suggest anything so grotesque. If Oscar Wilde had pleaded insanity, he would have walked out of court a free man.

The dog is a yes-animal. Very popular with people who can’t afford a yes man.

The devil gave me a look which made me profoundly uneasy. ‘Just because I am enjoying your sympathy, don’t imagine that I cannot read you like a book,’ he said. ‘You think you are cleverer than I; it is a very common academic delusion.’

“The attributes of God have been carefully explored. But the Devil’s attributes have been left vague. I think I’ve found one of them. It is he who puts the prices on things.” – “Doesn’t God put a price on things?” – “No. One of his attributes is magnanimity. But the Devil is a setter of […]

For I was a collaborator with Destiny, not one who put a pistol to its head and demanded particular treasures.

The idea of hidden creativity is a delusion, like talk of ‘mute, inglorious Miltons.’ If there is any genuine creativity it will assert itself early in life, and if someone is mute and inglorious it is foolish to call him a Milton. If you are prepared to put up with that sort of nonsense, I […]

It’s very much easier to be tragic than it is to be comic. I have known people who embrace the tragic view of life, and it is a cop-out. They simply feel rotten about everything, and that is terribly easy.

All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages.