Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson, (1850-1895) Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote

“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Ratings and Comments

John-Douglas, Nassau

Right on!

SK, Oklahoma City

Why do we think the world knows what we ought to prefer better than we do, anyway?

Mike, Norwalk

The patrons of today's occupying statis theocracy infesting this land have no inkling of what liberty is thus, having no ability to make a choice - a preference is not available in the question. That innate issue of liberty that is intrinsic to the being has so skillfully and stealthfully been hidden that the only preference offered is between left and right / communism and fascism / liberal and conservative, etc. A knowledge of that which is, in its whole, is a great start to keep the subject matter soul alive - the truth will set you free.

E Archer, NYC

From cradle to grave we are constantly being urged to embody someone else's vision of reality and life's purpose. "'Who am I and why am I here?" If the answer will not come from you, then from whom will it come?

Ronw13, Yachats Or

The thoughts, of the right are right, let an unrighteous man turn from his thoughts ! With my whole heart have I sought the. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I might know thy testimonies. It is time for the, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore does my heart keep them. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them forever. The right of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding and I shall live. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy right is an everlasting right and thy law is the truth. I rejoice at thy word of Liberty as one that finds great spoil. There are set thrones of God's judgment. God is in the garden. Give me Liberty or give me death. lit and fig. Liberty vs socialism.

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The true dignity of a human being resides in the singularity of his or her individuality, which was ordained to be, and ought to be universally understood to be, inviolable.


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