Robert W. Service Quotes

A promise made is a debt unpaid.

Avoid extremes: be moderate In saving and in spending; An equable and easy gait Will win an easy ending.

Be sure your wisest words are those you do not say.

His life, though none too long, Was never dull: Of woman, wine and song Bill had his full.

I have an intense dislike for artificial society. In France, one could lead a free life – to do what one wanted to do without interference or criticism from one’s neighbors.

I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that’s not too new.

I remember little of the Yukon or what I wrote there.

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race.

No man can be a failure if he thinks he’s a success; If he thinks he is a winner, then he is.

The only society I like is rough and tough, and the tougher the better. There’s where you get down to bedrock and meet human people.

Write verse, not poetry. The public wants verse. If you have a talent for poetry, then don’t by any means mother it, but try your hand at verse.