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Robert Stevenson
(8 Jun 1772 - 12 Jul 1850)

Scottish civil engineer.


Science Quotes by Robert Stevenson (7 quotes)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
— Robert Stevenson
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Science quotes on:  |  Harvest (27)  |  Judge (108)  |  Plant (295)  |  Reap (17)  |  Seed (93)

Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits probably Arboreal.
— Robert Stevenson
'Pastoral'. Memories and Portraits (1887, 1915), 7.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Ancestor (61)  |  Arboreal (8)  |  Top (96)  |  Tree (246)

He sows hurry and reaps indigestion.
— Robert Stevenson
In 'An Apology For Idlers', The Living Age (1877), 134, 436.
Science quotes on:  |  Hurry (15)  |  Indigestion (5)  |  Reap (17)  |  Sow (11)

I never know whether to be more surprised at Darwin himself for making so much of natural selection, or at his opponents for making so little of it.
— Robert Stevenson
Selections from His Notebook. Reprinted in Memories and Portraits, Memoirs of Himself and Selections from His Notebook (1924, 2003), 184.
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The sun is not a-bed, when I
At night upon my pillow lie;
Still round the earth his way he takes,
And morning after morning makes.
— Robert Stevenson
In poem, 'The Sun’s Travels', A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), 36
Science quotes on:  |  Around (7)  |  Bed (23)  |  Earth (998)  |  Lie (364)  |  Morning (94)  |  Night (120)  |  Pillow (4)  |  Still (613)  |  Sun (387)  |  Travel (114)  |  Way (1216)

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
— Robert Stevenson
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Science quotes on:  |  Foreign (45)  |  Land (115)  |  Traveler (30)

We inhabit a dead ember swimming wide in the blank of space, dizzily spinning as it swims, and lighted up from several million miles away by a more horrible hell-fire than was ever conceived by the theological imagination. Yet the dead ember is a green, commodious dwelling-place; and the reverberation of this hell-fire ripens flower and fruit and mildly warms us on summer eves upon the lawn.
— Robert Stevenson
In Lay Morals, collected in Works: Letters and Miscellanies of Robert Louis Stevenson: Sketches, Criticism, Etc. (1898) Vol. 22, 552.
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