Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) on health and risk taking

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser,
better to live and be done with it, than to die daily in the sick

— Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure IslandKidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.[3] His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis BorgesErnest HemingwayRudyard Kipling,Marcel SchwobVladimir Nabokov,[4] J. M. Barrie,[5] and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he “seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins.”[6] (From Here)


4 responses to “Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) on health and risk taking

  1. yep. I want to go all of a sudden, too. No warning. Just poof!!


    • Dreamming about it, will only take so far. I would jump off the chair, and…go for it, if the urge is such that it cannot be postpone for…10 min! 🙂
      Really, today I decided to go back to Turnbull canyon for a walk and I will NOT put it off!


  2. RLS has always been a favorite poet of mine. When I was a child I had his book of A Child’s Garden of Verses. It had a bright red cover and so many nice illustrations. I don’t know what happened to that book. It probably got worn out. lol
    I know I must have memorized every poem. They are poems that make sense…….at least to me. 🙂


    • Thanks for sharing your story here….Are you sure you looked everywhere for your favorite childhood book?
      After finding that out, I for one, wold rush to a second hand book store, and try and find that “special” edition, because no inner child should be left without their book. 🙂 I for one still have few things from my early life, and while they are not fetishes, they do contain a special memory, about the little boy I once was. Thanks again for your gracious comment mixedupme!


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