Robertson Davies Quotes

Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.

Robertson Davies

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.

Robertson Davies

Several children present me with scraps of paper for autographs: obviously don't know who I am and don't care. I sign "Jackie Collins" and they go away quite content.

Robertson Davies

The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.

Robertson Davies

Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.

Robertson Davies

The love of truth lies at the root of much humour.

Robertson Davies

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.

Robertson Davies

The clerisy are those who read for pleasure, but not for idleness; who read for pastime but not to kill time; who love books, but do not live by books

Robertson Davies

There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.

Robertson Davies

The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.

Robertson Davies

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Robertson Davies

Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time.

Robertson Davies

The young are often accused of exaggerating their troubles; they do so, very often, in the hope of making some impression upon the inertia and the immovability of the selfish old.

Robertson Davies

The wit of a graduate student is like champagne. Canadian champagne.

Robertson Davies

A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.

Robertson Davies

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