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Robert Louis Stevenson
1850 - 1894

Scottish writer. Though remembered first for his adventurous novels (Treasure Island (1884), Kidnapped (1886) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)) Stevenson was also the prodigious and wide-ranging author of essays, poetry (A Child's Garden of Verses (1885)), criticism, plays, fables, and other works.

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... the political soil itself steals forth by imperceptible degrees, like a travelling glacier, carrying on its bosom not only political parties but their flag-posts and cantonments; so that what appears to be an eternal city founded on hills is but a flying island of Laputa. It is for this reason in particular that we are all becoming Socialists without knowing it ...

Apr. 1887 - from "The Day After Tomorrow", published in Contemporary Review
The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

1881 - from Virginibus Puerisque
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.