Robertson Davies was born 28 August 1913, and died 2 December 1995
- Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
- The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
- Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
- The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need.
- The most original thing a writer can do is write like himself. It is also his most difficult task.
- I never heard of anyone who was really literate or who ever really loved books who wanted to suppress any of them.
- 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.
- The love of truth lies at the root of much humour.
- To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
- 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 was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was one of Canada’s best-known and most popular authors. His works include The Salterton Trilogy and The Cornish Trilogy. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Honorary Fellow of Balliol, and received many honorary degrees.
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