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Sir Walter Scott Quotes

(1771-1832), British Novelist, Poet

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

Category: Adversity

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

Category: Adversity

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.

Category: Aid And Assistance

Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.

Category: Ambition

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

Category: Association

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

Category: Boldness

Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.

Category: Charm

'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year.

Category: Christmas

The will to do, the soul to dare.

Category: Courage

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.

Category: Credit

Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.

Category: Death And Dying

Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.

Category: Death And Dying

Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.

Category: Death And Dying

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

Category: Deceit