Quotes by Robertson Davies

A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
– Robertson Davies
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
– Robertson Davies
Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
– Robertson Davies
Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.
– Robertson Davies
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
– Robertson Davies
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
– Robertson Davies
Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
– Robertson Davies
He types his labored column - weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.
– Robertson Davies
I do not 'get' ideas; ideas get me.
– Robertson Davies
I heard his library burned down and both books were destroyed - and one of them hadn't even been colored in yet.
– Robertson Davies
I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
– Robertson Davies
I think of an author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, I will tell you a story, and then he passes the hat.
– Robertson Davies
If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
– 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
Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.
– Robertson Davies
May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
– Robertson Davies
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
– Robertson Davies
Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.
– Robertson Davies
Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.
– 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