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Sir Scott Quotes

Pride and jealousy there was in his eye, for his life had been spent in asserting rights which were constantly liable to invasion; and the prompt, fiery, and resolute disposition of the man, had been kept constantly upon the alert by the circumstances of his situation.
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#Jealousy

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
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#Acting And Actors

Mary, I believed thee true, And I was blest in thus believing; But now I mourn that ever I knew A girl so fair and so deceiving.
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#Scottish Novelist

O! many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word, at random spoken, May soothe or wound a heart that's broken!
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#Scottish Novelist

Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth
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#Age And Aging

Heap on more wood! the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
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#Christmas

Cats are mysterious kind of folk - there is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
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#Animals

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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#Scottish Novelist

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.
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#Books And Reading

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
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#Scottish Novelist

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
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#Children #Scottish Novelist

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
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#Scottish Novelist #Heaven

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
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#Action

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.
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#Nature

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
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#Scottish Novelist #Discretion

You have power, rank, command, influence; we have wealth, the source both of our strength and weakness . . .
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#Influence

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

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
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#Scottish Novelist #History

Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.
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#Affection

There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.
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#Scottish Novelist #Incredulity

Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
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#Adversity

True love's the gift which God has given to man alone beneath the heaven.
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#God

Vengeance, deep-brooding o'er the slain, Had locked the source of softer woe, And burning pride and high disdain Forbade the rising tear to flow
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#Pride

Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
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#Scottish Novelist #Desire