Walter Scott (1771-1832) quotes


  • A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
  • All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
  • But with morning cool repentance came.
  • Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
  • Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
  • For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
  • It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
  • Look back, and smile on perils past.
  • Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, and men below, and saints above; For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
  • One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.
  • 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.
  • To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
  • We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
  • What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.
  • When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.

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