Robertson Davies Quotes

Robertson Davies Quotes: Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.
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Robertson Davies Quote: It is lost, lovely child, somewhere in the ragbag that I laughingly refer to as my memory.
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Quotes about Robertson Davies: The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.
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Quote about Robertson Davies: The first principle, when you don't know anything about the subject of a thesis, is to let the candidate talk, nodding now and then with an ambiguous smile. He thinks you know, and are counting his mistakes, and it unnerves him... the second principle of conducting an oral, ... is to pretend ignorance, and ask for explanations of very simple points. Of course your ignorance is real, but the examinee thinks you are being subtle, and that he is making an ass of himself, and this rattles him.
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Robertson Davies Sayings: If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear. . .
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Robertson Davies Saying: And I say to you that if you bring curiosity to your work it will cease to be merely a job and become a door through which you enter the best that life has to give you.
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Sayings about Robertson Davies: I still have trouble identifying grammatical structures by name, though I know them as matters of usage.
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Saying about Robertson Davies: Women always think that if they tell a man not to be pompous that will shut him up, but I am an old hand at that game. I know that if a man bides his time his moment will come.
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Robertson Davies Quotes: It seemed to me as if the stones sang, in the strangest voices, in the language of Ultima Thule.
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Robertson Davies Quote: Although there may be nothing new under the sun, what is old is new to us and so rich and astonishing that we never tire of it. If we do tire of it, if we lose our curiosity, we have lost something of infinite value, because to a high degree it is curiosity that gives meaning and savour to life.
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Quotes about Robertson Davies: The young are often accused of exaggerating their troubles; they do so, very often, in the hope of making some impression upon the inertia and the immovability of the selfish old.
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Quote about Robertson Davies: Sometimes there was a serious article on a hot topic, and I especially remember one by a bishop headed
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Robertson Davies Sayings: If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow-creature s let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.
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Robertson Davies Saying: That is the operatic problem; the singer must keep up a big head of steam while trying to appear secretive, or seductive, or consumptive. Some ingenious composer should write an opera about a group of people who were condemned by a cruel god to scream all the time; it would be an instantaneous success, and a triumph of versimilitude.
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Sayings about Robertson Davies: She has been kissed as often as a police-court Bible, and by much the same class of people.
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Saying about Robertson Davies: The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.(...) Every hour is filled with such moments, big with significance for someone.
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Robertson Davies Quotes: The US, for historical reasons, mistrusts the concept of a welfare state, and this mistrust shows itself nakedly under present US government, which commits uncounted billions of the national wealth to what it calls defence, and is close-fisted in giving money to plans which would ameliorate the grinding poverty of a great part of its people. Quite simply, in Canada you could not get away with that.
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Robertson Davies Quote: Canada was settled, in the main, by people with a lower middle-class outlook, and a respect, rather than an affectionate familiarity, for the things of the mind.
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