Robertson Davies Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Robertson Davies quotes, Robertson Davies sayings, and Robertson Davies proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Robertson Davies
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Robertson Davies
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us. Robertson Davies
Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. Robertson Davies
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. Robertson Davies
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. Robertson Davies
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. 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
To be apt in quotation is a splendid and dangerous gift. Splendid, because it ornaments a man's speech with other men's jewels; dangerous, for the same reason. Robertson Davies
Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged to have large spiritual adventures. Robertson Davies
The really great eccentrics are all inimitable; they are not possessed by a single oddity; they are, in their deepest selves, unlike the generality of mankind. Robertson Davies
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Robertson Davies
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons. Robertson Davies
Art is wine and experience is the brandy we distill from it. Robertson Davies
A Library goes on as far as thought can reach. Robertson Davies
The ideal companion in bed is a good book. Robertson Davies
Nothing grows old-fashioned so fast as modernity. Robertson Davies
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery. Robertson Davies
If you attack Stupidity you attack an entrenched interest with friends in government and every walk of public life. Robertson Davies
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. 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
I just am a Canadian. It is not a thing which you can escape from. It is like having blue eyes. Robertson Davies
Music is like wine..the less people know about it, the sweeter they like it. Robertson Davies
The egotist is all surface underneath is a pulpy mess and a lot of self doubt. But the egoist may be yielding and even deferential in things he doesn't consider important; in anything that touches his core, he is remorseless. Robertson Davies
The sight of people getting married exhilarates me; I think that they are ding a fine thing, and I admire them for it. Robertson Davies
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt. Robertson Davies
The kitten has a luxurious, Bohemian, unpuritanical nature. It eats six meals a day, plays furiously with a toy mouse and a piece of rope, and suddenly falls into a deep sleep whenever the fit takes it. It never feels the necessity to do anything to justify its existence; it does not want to be a Good Citizen; it has never heard of Service. It knows that it is beautiful and delightful, and it considers that a sufficient contribution to the general good. And in return for its beauty and charm it expects fish, meat, and vegetables, a comfortable bed, a chair by the grate fire, and endless petting. Robertson Davies
Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground—not a flying carpet to set you free from probability. Robertson Davies
Money, it is often said, does not bring happiness; it must be added, however, that it makes it possible to support unhappiness with exemplary fortitude. Robertson Davies