Robertson Davies Quotes

Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "Dangerous Jewels," Toronto Daily Star (Oct. 1, 1960). "To be apt in quotation," Davies wrote, "is a splendid and dangerous gift. Splendid, because it ornaments a man's speech with other men's jewels; dangerous, for the same reason."
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "Dylan Thomas and Hector Berlioz," Saturday Night (Canada, June 9, 1956).
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "Mehitabel," Toronto Daily Star (Nov. 21, 1959).
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. Saraceni, in "What Would Not Out of the Flesh?" pt. 4, What's Bred in the Bone (1985).
The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1979). "Shakespeare over the Port," Stratford Papers on Shakespeare (1960).
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. Simon Darcourt, in "Who Asked the Question?" pt. 1, What's Bred in the Bone (1985).
Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged to have large spiritual adventures.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies, "The Table Talk of Robertson Davies," (1990).
A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "The Happy Intervention of Robertson Davies," Opera Canada (Spring, 1982).
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1979). "The Pleasures of Love," Saturday Night (Canada, December 23, 1961).
No people in the world can make you feel so small as the English.
Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. "The Table Talk of Robertson Davies," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990).