Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

“I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as it was said to me.”

“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”

“A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.”

“Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.”

“True love’s the gift which God has given to man alone beneath the heaven.”

“Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land!”

“Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”

“Of all the vices drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.”

“Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,

And men below, and saints above:

For love is heaven, and heaven is love.”

“When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.”

“A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”

“One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.”

“There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.”

“Court not the critic’s smile nor dread his frown”

“Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.”

“It is more than probable that the average man could, with no injury to his health, increase his efficiency fifty percent.”

“If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over.”

“Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.”

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: “Think things through – then follow through.”

“He that climbs a ladder must begin at the first round.”

“To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.”

“The consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor.”

“The will to do, the soul to dare.”

“Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.”

“I am enamoured of my journal.”

“Tis plain that there is not in nature a point of stability to be found: everything either ascends or declines. When wars are ended abroad, sedition begins at home, and when men are freed from fighting for necessity, they quarrel through ambition.”

“Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.”

“What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.”

“Meat eaten without either mirth or music is ill of digestion”

“Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger; but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.”

“He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”

“It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.”

“The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”


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