1771-1832, British Novelist, Poet
'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.
Sir Walter Scott – [Christmas]
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.
Sir Walter Scott – [Law and Lawyers]
A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
Sir Walter Scott – [Association]
Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
Sir Walter Scott – [Adversity]
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
Sir Walter Scott – [Ambition]
Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land!
Sir Walter Scott – [Patriotism]
But with morning cool repentance came.
Sir Walter Scott – [Repentance]
Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.
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.
Sir Walter Scott – [Credit]
Death — the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.
Sir Walter Scott – [New Year]
Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
Sir Walter Scott – [Charm]
If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life — if you cannot look back to those whom you owe gratitude, or forward to those to whom you ought to afford protection, still it is no less incumbent on you to move steadily in the path of duty; for your active excretions are due not only to society; but in humble gratitude to the Being who made you a member of it, with powers to save yourself and others.
Sir Walter Scott – [Friends and Friendship]
If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.
Sir Walter Scott – [Discipline]
Is death the last step? No, it is the final awakening.
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
Sir Walter Scott – [Boldness]
Look back, and smile at perils past.
Sir Walter Scott – [Past]
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
Sir Walter Scott – [Alcohol and Alcoholism]
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
Sir Walter Scott – [Deceit]
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, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
Sir Walter Scott – [Participation]