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“To part is the lot of all mankind. The world is a scene of constant leave-taking, and the hands that grasp in cordial greeting today, are doomed ere long to unite for the the last time, when the quivering lips pronounce the word - 'Farewell”
R.M. Ballantyne
“Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system... They ought to practice leaping off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession...”
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“...in all my writings I have always tried — how far successfully I know not — to advance the cause of Truth and Right and to induce my readers to put their trust in the love of God our Saviour, for this life as well as the life to come.”
R.M. Ballantyne, Personal Reminiscences In Book Making: and Some Short Stories
“I began my tale in the hope that I might produce something to interest the young (perchance, also, the old) in a most momentous case—the total abolition of the African slave-trade. I close it with the prayer that God may make it a tooth in the file which shall eventually cut the chain of slavery, and set the black man free.”
R.M. Ballantyne, Black Ivory: A Tale Of Adventure Among The Slavers Of East Africa
“Cat," said Peterkin, turning his head a little on one side, "I love you.”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island
“It is of no use mincing the matter; Dr John Marsh, after being regarded by his friends at home as hopelessly unimpressible—in short, an absolute woman-hater—had found his fate on a desolate isle of the Southern seas, he had fallen—nay, let us be just—had jumped over head and ears in love with Pauline Rigonda! Dr Marsh was no sentimental die-away noodle who, half-ashamed, half-proud of his condition, displays it to the semi-contemptuous world. No; after disbelieving for many years in the power of woman to subdue him, he suddenly and manfully gave in—sprang up high into the air, spiritually, and so to speak, turning a sharp somersault, went headlong down deep into the flood, without the slightest intention of ever again returning to the surface.”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Island Queen: Dethroned by Fire and Water: A Tale of the Southern Hemisphere
“and I have always found, though I am unable to account for it, that daylight banishes many of the fears that are apt to assail us in the dark.”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island
“Fear is not cowardice. Acting in a wrong and contemptible
manner because of our fear is cowardice.”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Dog Crusoe: A Tale of the Western Plains
“All truth is worth knowing and labouring after. No one can tell to what useful results the discovery of even the smallest portion of truth may lead.”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Ocean and its Wonders
“When a bad shot points a bad gun at you, your best plan is to stand still and take your chance. In such a case the chance is not a bad one. - Jack”
R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters


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