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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Robert Louis Stevenson. (1850–1894)
 
 
1
    Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,
  Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask: the heaven above
  And the road below me.
          The Vagabond.
2
    In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
          Bed in Summer.
3
    The pleasant Land of Counterpane.
          The Land of Counterpane.
4
    Youth now flees on feathered foot.
          To Will H. Low.
5
    The world is so full of a number of things,
I ’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.
          Couplet.
6
    Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live, and gladly die,
  And I laid me down with a will.


This be the verse you grave for me:
“Here he lies, where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
  And the hunter home from the hill.”
          Requiem (and Epitaph).
7
      The cruelest lies are often told in silence.
          Virginibus Puerisque.
8
      Old and young we are all on our last cruise.
          Crabbed Age and Youth.
9
      For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
          Crabbed Age and Youth.
10
      Youth is wholly experimental.
          A Letter to a young Gentleman.
  
  
  
11
      Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
          Prince Otto.
12
    Let any man speak long enough, he will get believers.
          The Master of Ballantrae.
 

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