Favourite Robert Louis Stevenson Quote: RLSDay 2017

Favourite Robert Louis Stevenson Quote: RLSDay 2017

November 6, 2017

It’s that time of year when Edinburgh comes together to celebrate one of its best-loved authors: Robert Louis Stevenson. This year, the programme of events for RLSDay has been taken over and curated by the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, but we will still be helping to cover the digital side of things.

As part of that, we’re asking people from all over Edinburgh to submit their favourite RLS quote to us. Having written 13 novels, 6 short story collections, as well as an impressive selection of poetry and travel writing throughout his lifetime, there is plenty of source material to choose from. The quote can be from any of his works, and as short or as long as the submitter desires.

How to submit:


To submit your favourite RLS quote:


What Others Say

Sian Bevan, Programme Director at City of Literature Trust
‘One of my top RLS quotes has to be “Man is not truly one, but truly two” from Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Not only does it say a lot about the nature of humans, but of the very character of Edinburgh itself. In fact, you can also see the quote illuminated at Canons’ Gait on the Royal Mile from Thursday onwards, as part of our Stars & Stories project.’

Danny Scott, Digital Marketing Manager at Scottish Book Trust
‘My personal favourite RLS quote is “Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits”. I like to fail in good spirits. I think you have to when you do social media every day!’

Rebecca Raeburn, Communications Assistant at City of Literature Trust
‘Perhaps my favourite quote by RLS would have to be: “Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.” As a lover of fiction I find it to be entirely true.’

Eleanor Livingstone, Director of StAnza
From his poem ‘The Lamplighter’, Eleanor picked:
‘My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It’s time to take the window to see Leerie going by’


#RLSDay in Edinburgh is a moustache-twirling, velvet-clad celebration of the life, loves and work of one of our most famous writers – Robert Louis Stevenson. Every 13th of November – RLS’s ‘unbirthday’ – the whole city joins in walks, talks, tales and teas in his honour. And no matter where you are in the world, you’re invited to the party. This year’s programme is being curated and run by the Robert Louis Stevenson Club. You can still engage with the day using the usual #RLSDay, and as the Trust will be celebrating online, be sure to keep in touch with us on our Twitter and Facebook.