Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Robert Louis Stevenson (185094)
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies. Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors. If it may not, give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving one to another.
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, prayer For Success, Vailima Papers and a Footnote to History, p. 7 (1925).
This was used by Adlai E. Stevenson on his Christmas card in 1962.