Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Robert Burns, aka Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard

Scottish Poet and Lyricist, Pioneer of the Romantic Movement

"A mind conscious of integrity scorns to say more than it means to perform."

"And Man, whose heav'n-erected face the smiles of love adorn - Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn."

"Architecture has much to teach about the art of staying married, for the basic laws of building are, likewise, the basic laws of the home. A good foundation and balanced proportion are essential. Honest materials are needed, for you cannot build a noble building out of cheap, unworthy materials and you cannot build a home to stand against the stormy winds or worries unless you build it with the simple virtues of faithfulness and loyalty to one another."

"Nature's mighty law is change."

"No man can tether time or tide."

"Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others - this is my criterion of goodness. And whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it - this is my measure of iniquity."

"My love is like a red, red rose That's newly sprung in June: My love is like the melody That's sweetly played in tune. How fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in love am I; And I will love thee still, my dear, Till all the seas gang dry. Till all the seas gang dry, my dear, And the rocks melt with the sun; I will love thee still, my dear, While the sands of life shall run. And fare thee weel, my only love. And fare thee weel awhile! And I will come again, my love, Though it were ten thousand mile. "

"But to see her was to love her, Love but her, and love forever. Had we never lou'd sae kindly, Had we never lou'd sae blindly, Never met - or never parted - We had ne'er been broken hearted "

"Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit. "

"Had we never lov'd sae kindly, Had we never lov'd sae blindly, Never met -- or never parted -- we had ne'er been broken-hearted. "

"O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion. "

"Ye Hypocrites, are these your pranks To murder men and gie God thanks Desist for shame, proceed no further God won't accept your thanks for murder. "

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne."

"By Oppression's woes and pains! By your sons in servile chains! We will drain our dearest veins, But they shall be free! Lay the proud usurpers low! Tyrants fall in every foe! Liberty's in every blow! Let us do or die! "

"While Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things, The fate of empires and the fall of kings; While quacks of State must each produce his plan, And even children lisp the Rights of Man; Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention, The Rights of Woman merit some attention."

"But little Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy! Still you are blest, compared with me!"

"But deep this truth impress'd my mind: Thro' all His works abroad, The heart benevolent and kind The most resembles God."

"And man, whose heav'n-erected face The smiles of love adorn Man's inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn."

"The great Creator to revere Must sure become the creature; But still the preaching cant forbear, And ev'n the rigid feature: Yet ne'er with wits profane to range Be complaisance extended; An atheist laugh's a poor exchange For deity offended."

"Literary - Ae fond kiss, and then we sever! A farewell, and then forever! Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. Who shall say that Fortune grieves him, While the star of hope she leaves him? Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me, Dark despair around benights me. "

"The great Creator to revere Must sure become the creature; But still the preaching cant forbear, And ev'n the rigid feature: Yet ne'er with wits profane to range Be complaisance extended; An atheist laugh's a poor exchange For deity offended. "

"A fig for those by law protected! Liberty's a glorious feast!Courts for cowards were erected, churches built to please the priest."

"A gaudy dress and gentle air may slightly touch the heart; but it's innocence and modesty that polished the dart."

"A man's a man for a' that!"

"A prince can mak a belted knight, A marquis, duke, and a' that; But an honest man's aboon his might: Guid faith, he maunna fa' that."

"Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!A farewell, and then forever!Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,While the star of hope she leaves him?Me, nae cheerful twinkle lights me,Dark despair around benights me. - Ae Fond Kiss."

"Ae fond kiss, and then we sever; ae farewell, alas, forever!"

"Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; a brother to relieve,?how exquisite the bliss!"

"Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet to think how monie counsels sweet, how monie lengthened, sage advices, the husband frae the wife despises!"

"Ah, Tam! Ah! Tam! Thou'll get thy fairin! In hell they'll roast you like a herrin!"

"All-cheering Plenty, with her flowing horn, Led yellow Autumn, wreath'd with nodding corn."

"An Atheist's laugh's a poor exchange For Deity offended!"

"An' there began a lang digression about the lords o' the creation."

"And let us mind, faint heart ne'er wan A lady fair. Wha does the utmost that he can Will whyles do mair."

"And like a passing thought, she fled in light away."

"And may you better reck the rede, Than ever did th' adviser."

"And there begins a lang digression about the lords o' the creation."

"And wild-scatter'd cowslips bedeck the green dale."

"Anticipation forward points the view."

"As Tammie glow'red, amazed and curious, The mirth and fun grew fast and furious."

"At length his lonely cot appears in view, Beneath the shelter of an aged tree; Th' expectant wee-things, toddling, stacher thro' To meet their Dad, wi' flichterin noise an' glee."

"Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears her noblest work she classes, O: her prentice han' she tried on man, an' then she made the lasses, O."

"Ayr, gurgling, kissed his pebbled shore, O'erhung with wild woods, thickening green; The fragrant birch and hawthorn hoar Twined amorous round the raptures scene."

"Be Briton still to Britain true, Among oursel's united; For never but by British hands Maun British wrangs be righted."

"Beauty's of a fading nature has a season and is gone!"

"Beneath the milk-white thorn that scents the evening gale."

"But pleasures are like poppies spread; You seize the flower, its bloom is shed. Or like the snow falls in the river, a moment white--then melts forever."

"But to see her was to love her; Love but her, and love for ever. Had we never lov'd sae kindly,"

"But, oh! fell death's untimely frost, that nipt my flower sae early."

"Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure thrill the deepest notes of woe."