Walter Scott, fully Sir Walter Scott,1st Baronet

Scott, fully Sir Walter Scott,1st Baronet

Scottish Historical Novelist, Playwright and Poet

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Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.

Female forms of exquisite grace and beauty began to mingle in his mental adventures; nor was he long without looking abroad to compare the creatures of his own imagination with the females of actual life.

Great talent has always a little madness mixed up with it.

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

I did not myself set a high estimation on wealth, and had the affectation of most young men of lively imagination, who suppose that they can better dispense with the possession of money, than resign their time and faculties to the labor necessary to acquire it.

If you live according to the requirements of nature, you will never be in want; if according to the fashions of the world you will never be rich.

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

Like the dew on the mountain, Like the foam on the river, Like the bubble on the fountain, Thou art gone, and forever!

My foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor.

O woman! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!

One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should be shot once a-year, just to keep the others on their good behavior.

Rouse the lion from his lair.

Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name.

The abstract idea of a spirit certainly implies that it has neither substance, form, shape, voice, or anything which can render its presence visible or sensible to human faculties.

The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new.

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

Time rolls his ceaseless course.

Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung.

When Prussia hurried to the field, And snatch'd the spear, but left the shield.

Women are but the toys which amuse our lighter hours-ambition is the serious business of life.

Crystal and hearts would lose all their merit in the world if it were not for their fragility.

Fidelity, purchased with money, money can destroy.

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness. The evident consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor.

Heaven know its time; the bullet has its billet.

I dinna ken muckle about the law, answered Mrs Howden; but I ken, when we had a king, and a chancellor, and parliament-men o' our ain, we could aye peeble them wi' stanes when they werena gude bairns - Bit naebody's nails can reach the length o' Lunnon.

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Scottish Historical Novelist, Playwright and Poet