Robertson Davies

(1913-1995 / Thamesville)

Robertson Davies Quotes

  • ''Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.''
    Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. "The Table Talk of Robertson Davies," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990).
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  • ''I think of an author as somebody who goes into the marketplace and puts down his rug and says, "I will tell you a story," and then he passes the hat.''
    Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. "The Table Talk of Robertson Davies," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990).
  • ''I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.''
    Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. "The Table Talk of Robertson Davies," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990).
  • ''Many a promising career has been wrecked by marrying the wrong sort of woman. The right sort of woman can distinguish between Creative Lassitude and plain shiftlessness.''
    Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1990). "The Writer's Week," Toronto Daily Star (March 28, 1959).
  • ''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.''
    Robertson Davies (b. 1913), Canadian novelist, journalist. repr. In The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (1979). "Too Much, Too Fast," Peterborough Examiner (Canada, June 16, 1962).

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