Robert Louis Stevenson Quote

To be honest, to be kind — to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation — above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself — here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy. He has an ambitious soul who would ask more; he has a hopeful spirit who should look in such an enterprise to be successful. There is indeed one element in human destiny that not blindness itself can controvert: whatever else we are intended to do, we are not intended to succeed; failure is the fate allotted.


Ch. XII, A Christmas Sermon. - Across the Plains (1892)

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To be honest, to be kind — to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when...

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To be honest, to be kind — to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when...

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To be honest, to be kind — to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when...

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To be honest, to be kind — to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence, to renounce when...