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Robert Louis Stevenson

Fecha de nacimiento: 13. Noviembre 1850
Fecha de muerte: 3. Diciembre 1894
Otros nombres:Robert L. Stevenson

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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson fue un novelista, poeta y ensayista escocés. Su legado es una vasta obra que incluye crónicas de viaje, novelas de aventuras e históricas, así como lírica y ensayos. Se lo conoce principalmente por ser el autor de algunas de las historias fantásticas y de aventuras más clásicas de la literatura juvenil, como La isla del tesoro, la novela histórica La flecha negra y la popular novela de horror El extraño caso del doctor Jekyll y el señor Hyde, dedicada al tema de los fenómenos de la personalidad escindida y que puede ser clasificada como novela psicológica de horror. Varias de sus novelas continúan siendo muy famosas y algunas de ellas han sido llevadas varias veces al cine del siglo XX, en parte adaptadas para niños. Fue importante también su obra ensayística, breve pero decisiva en lo que se refiere a la estructura de la moderna novela de peripecias. Fue muy apreciado en su tiempo y siguió siéndolo después de su muerte. Tuvo continuidad en autores como Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, G. K. Chesterton y H. G. Wells y en los argentinos Adolfo Bioy Casares y Jorge Luis Borges.

Frases Robert Louis Stevenson

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„All who have meant good work with their whole hearts, have done good work, although they may die before they have the time to sign it. Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: All who have meant good work with their whole hearts, have done good work, although they may die before they have the time to sign it. Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind. And even if death catch people, like an open pitfall, and in mid-career, laying out vast projects, and planning monstrous foundations, flushed with hope, and their mouths full of boastful language, they should be at once tripped up and silenced: is there not something brave and spirited in such a termination? and does not life go down with a better grace, foaming in full body over a precipice, than miserably straggling to an end in sandy deltas? 316.

„The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances.“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances. To love playthings well as a child, to lead an adventurous and honourable youth, and to settle when the time arrives, into a green and smiling age, is to be a good artist in life and deserve well of yourself and your neighbour. Crabbed Age and Youth.

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„Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life. A Gossip on Romance, printed in Longman's Magazine (November 1882).

„Fifteen men on the dead man's chest —
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: Fifteen men on the dead man's chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Ch. 1, The Old Sea-dog at the Admiral Benbow.

„For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over.“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: All error, not merely verbal, is a strong way of stating that the current truth is incomplete. The follies of youth have a basis in sound reason, just as much as the embarrassing questions put by babes and sucklings. Their most antisocial acts indicate the defects of our society. When the torrent sweeps the man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory. Shelley, chafing at the Church of England, discovered the cure of all evils in universal atheism. Generous lads irritated at the injustices of society, see nothing for it but the abolishment of everything and Kingdom Come of anarchy. Shelley was a young fool; so are these cocksparrow revolutionaries. But it is better to be a fool than to be dead. It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind. For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself! As for the others, the irony of facts shall take it out of their hands, and make fools of them in downright earnest, ere the farce be over. There shall be such a mopping and a mowing at the last day, and such blushing and confusion of countenance for all those who have been wise in their own esteem, and have not learnt the rough lessons that youth hands on to age. If we are indeed here to perfect and complete our own natures, and grow larger, stronger, and more sympathetic against some nobler career in the future, we had all best bestir ourselves to the utmost while we have the time. To equip a dull, respectable person with wings would be but to make a parody of an angel. Crabbed Age and Youth.

„Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.“

— Robert Louis Stevenson
Context: There is a strong feeling in favour of cowardly and prudential proverbs. The sentiments of a man while he is full of ardour and hope are to be received, it is supposed, with some qualification. But when the same person has ignominiously failed and begins to eat up his words, he should be listened to like an oracle. Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity. And since mediocre people constitute the bulk of humanity, this is no doubt very properly so. But it does not follow that the one sort of proposition is any less true than the other, or that Icarus is not to be more praised, and perhaps more envied, than Mr. Samuel Budgett the Successful Merchant. The one is dead, to be sure, while the other is still in his counting-house counting out his money; and doubtless this is a consideration. But we have, on the other hand, some bold and magnanimous sayings common to high races and natures, which set forth the advantage of the losing side, and proclaim it better to be a dead lion than a living dog. It is difficult to fancy how the mediocrities reconcile such sayings with their proverbs. According to the latter, every lad who goes to sea is an egregious ass; never to forget your umbrella through a long life would seem a higher and wiser flight of achievement than to go smiling to the stake; and so long as you are a bit of a coward and inflexible in money matters, you fulfil the whole duty of man. Crabbed Age and Youth.

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