By Nina TorskaThu. 25 Apr. 20243min Read

Our Favourite Robinson Crusoe Quotes

In this blog, we explore key quotes from "Robinson Crusoe," delving into themes of survival, resilience, and self-discovery.
Our Favourite Robinson Crusoe Quotes

In Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," I am consistently captivated by the profound exploration of survival, solitude, and self-reliance.

This novel, often considered one of the first English novels, offers a riveting account of human resilience and ingenuity, wrapped in the adventure of a man who redefines his life in complete isolation from civilization.

"It is never too late to be wise." — Robinson Crusoe

This reflection from Crusoe, after he has faced many trials, speaks to his evolving understanding of wisdom and prudence. It highlights a fundamental human capacity for growth and adaptation, no matter the circumstances.

"I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed rather than what I wanted." — Robinson Crusoe

Here, Crusoe reflects on his shift in perspective during his isolation, which is a poignant reminder of the power of gratitude and focusing on what one has, rather than what is lacking. This quote has inspired me to appreciate the blessings in my own life, regardless of external conditions.

"Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself." — Robinson Crusoe

Crusoe’s observation on fear touches on the often paralyzing effect that anticipation of hardship can have, compared to the reality of facing the hardship itself.

This sentiment resonates with anyone who has experienced anxiety and the realization that facing one’s fears can often be less daunting than the fear itself.

"Thus fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself when apparent to the eyes; and we find the burden of anxiety greater than the evil which we are anxious about." — Robinson Crusoe

Expanding on his thoughts about fear, this quote delves deeper into the psychological impact of anxiety. It’s a profound insight into human nature, one that underscores the emotional and mental challenges that often surpass the actual threats we face.

"How strange a chequer-work of Providence is the life of man!" — Robinson Crusoe

Crusoe’s musing on Providence and the unpredictable nature of life reflects his religious reflections and philosophical ponderings during his solitude. This quote encourages readers to consider the mysterious interplay of fate and free will in their own lives.

"All our discontents about what we want appeared to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have." — Robinson Crusoe

Here, Crusoe identifies a lack of gratitude as a root of dissatisfaction, suggesting that thankfulness can be a remedy for discontent. This idea promotes a philosophy of life that values and cherishes the present moment and one’s current possessions and conditions.

"Society is indeed a contract... it is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection." — Robinson Crusoe


Through his isolation, Crusoe comes to appreciate the value of society and the interconnected nature of human achievements and virtues. This appreciation speaks to the inherent social nature of humans and the benefits derived from communal living and cooperation.

"The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear." — Robinson Crusoe

This metaphor reflects Crusoe’s spiritual and personal growth on the island, comparing the human soul's potential for refinement to a diamond that must be polished. It illustrates his belief in the necessity of trials and challenges to reveal and enhance one's character.

"My island was now peopled, and I thought myself very rich in subjects." — Robinson Crusoe

As Crusoe begins to encounter others on the island, he whimsically considers himself a monarch of his own small kingdom. This quote shows his shift from utter loneliness to a form of leadership and community-building, even in his limited circumstances.

"I was lord of the whole manor; or, if I pleased, I might call myself king or emperor over the whole country which I had possession of." — Robinson Crusoe

Celebrating his domain, Crusoe reflects on his sovereignty over the island. This illustrates the human tendency to create order and hierarchy, even in isolation, and speaks to the desire for control and structure in one's environment.

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