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Blud's thicker than water. -- Walter Scott
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Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell. -- Walter Scott
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Mr. Sampson, you forget the difference between Plato and Zenocrates. -- Walter Scott
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The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small consequence, but in enlarging, improving and correcting the information you possess by the authority of others. -- Walter Scott
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The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me? -- Walter Scott
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Thou hast had thty day, old dame, but thy sun has long been set. Thou art now the very emblem of an old warhorse turned out on the barren heath; thou hast had thy paces in thy time, but now a broken amble is the best of them. -- Walter Scott
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God forgive me for having thought it possible that a schoolmaster could be out and out a rational being. -- Walter Scott
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Of all the train, none escaped except Wamba, who showed upon the occasion much more courage than those who pretended to greater sense. -- Walter Scott
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Who o'er the herd would wish to reign, Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain! Vain as the leaf upon the stream, And fickle as a changeful dream; Fantastic as a woman's mood, And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd blood. Thou many-headed monster thing, Oh who would wish to be thy king! -- Walter Scott
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Loud o'er my head though awful thunders roll, And vivid lightnings flash from pole to pole, Yet 'tis Thy voice, my God, that bids them fly, Thy arm directs those lightnings through the sky. Then let the good Thy mighty name revere, And hardened sinners Thy just vengeance fear. -- Walter Scott
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Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, Dream of battled fields no more. Days of danger, nights of waking. -- Walter Scott
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O Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood; Land of the mountain and the flood! -- Walter Scott
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I am she, O most bucolical juvenal, under whose charge are placed the milky mothers of the herd. -- Walter Scott
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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! -- Walter Scott
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O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar? -- Walter Scott
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I'll dream no more
by mainly mind
Not even in sleep is well resigned.
My midnight orisons said o'er,
I'll turn to rest and dream no more. -- Walter Scott
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Thus aged men, full loth and slow, The vanities of life forego, And count their youthful follies o'er, Till Memory lends her light no more. -- Walter Scott
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Oh, on that day, that wrathful day,
When man to judgment wakes front clay,
Be Thou, O Christ, the sinner's stay,
Though heaven and earth shall pass away. -- Walter Scott
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When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone. -- Walter Scott
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Thou and I are but the blind instruments of some irresistible fatality, that hurries us along, like ships driving before the storm, which are dashed against each other, and so perish -- Walter Scott
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We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt. -- Walter Scott
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From my experience, not one in twenty marries the first love; we build statues of snow and weep to see them melt. -- Walter Scott
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I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time? -- Walter Scott
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The gaudy colouring with which she veiled her unhappiness afforded as little real comfort as the gay uniform of the soldier when it is drawn over his mortal wound. -- Walter Scott
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Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, and men below, and the saints above, for love is heaven, and heaven is love. -- Walter Scott
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But if I accept these conditions," said Fosti, "what shall be the compensation of the king of Norway, my ally 'i" " Seven feet of English land," answered the envoy; "or, as Hardrada is a giant, perhaps a little more. -- Walter Scott
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It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty. -- Walter Scott
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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 labour necessary to acquire it. -- Walter Scott
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It is only when I dally with what I am about, look back and aside, instead of keeping my eyes straight forward, that I feel these cold sinkings of the heart. -- Walter Scott
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Nothing perhaps increases by indulgence more than a desultory habit of reading, especially under such opportunities of gratifying it. -- Walter Scott
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Volume I Chapter I Introductory -- Walter Scott
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Where, where was Roderick then? One blast upon his bugle horn Were worth a thousand men. -- Walter Scott
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How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. -- Walter Scott
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In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster. -- Walter Scott
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In the wide pile, by others heeded not,
Hers was one sacred solitary spot,
Whose gloomy aisles and bending shelves contain
For moral hunger food, and cures for moral pain. -- Walter Scott
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I HAVE already hinted that the dainty, squeamish, and fastidious taste acquired by a surfeit of idle reading, had not only rendered our hero unfit for serious and sober study, but had even disgusted him in some degree with that in which he had hitherto indulged. He -- Walter Scott
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Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers. -- Walter Scott
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Ambition is no cure for love! -- Walter Scott
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The playbill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out. -- Walter Scott
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Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest. -- Walter Scott
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Here is neither want of appetite nor mouths,
Pray heaven we be not scant of meat or mirth. -- Walter Scott
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You will, I trust, resemble a forest plant, which has indeed, by some accident, been brought up in the greenhouse, and thus rendered delicate and effeminate, but which regains its native firmness and tenacity, when exposed for a season to the winter air. -- Walter Scott
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The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored , and unsung.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) -- Walter Scott
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Lawyer's anxiety about the fate of the most interesting cause has seldom spoiled either his sleep or digestion. -- Walter Scott
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When true friends meet in adverse hour; 'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower. A watery way an instant seen, The darkly closing clouds between. -- Walter Scott
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'Tis an old tale, and often told; But did my fate and wish agree, Ne'er had been read, in story old, Of maiden true betray'd for gold, That loved, or was avenged, like me! -- Walter Scott
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For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears. -- Walter Scott
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Vacant heart, and hand, and eye, Easy live and quiet die. -- Walter Scott
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It will be just like Duncan Mac-Girdie's mare,' said Evan, 'if your ladyships please, he wanted to use her by degrees to live without meat, and just as he had put her on a straw a day the poor thing died! -- Walter Scott
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What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it. -- Walter Scott
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Come he slow or come he fast it is but death that comes at last -- Walter Scott
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I will tear this folly from my heart, though every fibre bleed as I rend it away! -- Walter Scott
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Commend me to sterling honesty though clad in rags. -- Walter Scott
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For deadly fear can time outgo, and blanch at once the hair. -- Walter Scott
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True love's the gift which God has given To man alone beneath the heaven: It is not fantasy's hot fire, Whose wishes soon as granted fly; It liveth not in fierce desire. -- Walter Scott
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By profession an observer of tones and gestures, -- Walter Scott
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Ridicule, the weapon of all others most feared by enthusiasts of every description, and which from its predominance over such minds, often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble. -- Walter Scott
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I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as it was said to me. -- Walter Scott
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Some touch of Nature's genial glow. -- Walter Scott
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For monarchs seldom sigh in vain. -- Walter Scott
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Meat eaten without either mirth or music is ill of digestion. -- Walter Scott
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There is a southern proverb - fine words butter no parsnips. -- Walter Scott
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Chivalry!
why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection
the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant
Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword. -- Walter Scott
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As living in this ideal world became daily more delectable to our hero, interruption was disagreeable in proportion. The -- Walter Scott
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Upon subjects which interested him, and when quite at ease, he possessed that flow of natural, and somewhat florid eloquence, which has been supposed as powerful as figure, fashion, fame, or fortune, in winning the female heart. There -- Walter Scott
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Call it not vain: they do not err Who say that when the poet dies Mute Nature mourns her worshipper, And celebrates his obsequies. -- Walter Scott
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Come forth, old man,
thy daughter's side
Is now the fitting place for thee:
When time has quell'd the oak's bold pride,
The youthful tendril yet may hide,
The ruins of the parent tree. -- Walter Scott
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Adversity is like the period of the rain ... cold, comfortless, unfriendly to people and to animals; yet from that season have their birth the flower, the fruit, the date, the rose and the pomegranate. -- Walter Scott
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The seat of the Celtic Muse is in the mist of the secret and solitary hill, and her voice in the murmur of the mountain stream. -- Walter Scott
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Good even, good fair moon, good even to thee. I prithee, dear moon, now show to me the form and the features, the speech and degree, of the man that true lover of mine shall be. -- Walter Scott
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He that would soothe sorrow must not argue on the vanity of the most deceitful hopes. -- Walter Scott
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In man's most dark extremity Oft succour dawns from Heaven. -- Walter Scott
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Give me an honest laugher. -- Walter Scott
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Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening. -- Walter Scott
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But I would have vengeance to fall on the head, not on the hand; on the tyrannical and oppressive government which designed and directed these premeditated and reiterated insults, not on the tools of office which they employed in the execution of the injuries they designed you. -- Walter Scott
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My dear, be a good man be virtuous be religious be a good man. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here ... God bless you all. -- Walter Scott
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Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth. -- Walter Scott
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Hurry no man's cattle; you may come to own a donkey yourself -- Walter Scott
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Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness. -- Walter Scott
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When Israel, of the Lord belov'd, Out of the land of bondage came, Her fathers' God before her mov'd, An awful guide in smoke and flame. -- Walter Scott
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Oh, what a tangled web we weave ... when first we practice to deceive. -- Walter Scott
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A fool's wild speech confounds the wise. -- Walter Scott
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And please return it. You may think this a strange request, but I find that although my friends are poor arithmeticians, they are nearly all of them good bookkeepers. -- Walter Scott
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Where shall the lover rest,
Whom the fates sever
From his true maiden's breast,
Parted for ever?
Where, through groves deep and high,
Sounds the far billow,
Where early violets die,
Under the willow. -- Walter Scott
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And children know,
Instinctive taught, the friend and foe. -- Walter Scott
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It was in the beginning of the month of November, 17
, when a young English gentleman, who had just left the university of Oxford, made use of the liberty afforded him, to visit some parts of the north of England; and curiosity extended his tour into the adjacent frontier of the sister country. -- Walter Scott
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The summer dawn's reflected hue To purple changed Lock Katrine blue, Mildly and soft the western breeze Just kiss'd the lake, just stirr'd the trees, And the pleased lake, like maiden coy, Trembled but dimpled not for joy. -- Walter Scott
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I pretend not to be a champion of that same naked virtue called truth, to the very outrance. I can consent that her charms be hidden with a veil, were it but for decency's sake. -- Walter Scott
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One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name -- Walter Scott
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Heaven know its time; the bullet has its billet -- Walter Scott
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What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are. -- Walter Scott
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Heap on more wood! - the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still. -- Walter Scott
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Earth walks on Earth, Glittering in gold; Earth goes to Earth, Sooner than it wold; Earth builds on Earth, Palaces and towers; Earth says to Earth, Soon, all shall be ours. -- Walter Scott
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But there stands the sword of my ancestor Sir Richard Vernon, slain at Shrewsbury, and sorely slandered by a sad fellow called Will Shakspeare, whose Lancastrian partialities, and a certain knack at embodying them, has turned history upside down, or rather inside out. -- Walter Scott
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Such a visage, joined to the brawny form of the holy man, spoke rather of sirloins and haunches than of pease and pulse. -- Walter Scott
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On his bold visage middle age Had slightly press'd its signet sage, Yet had not quench'd the open truth And fiery vehemence of youth: Forward and frolic glee was there, The will to do, the soul to dare. -- Walter Scott
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Here he produced two immense folded packets, which appeared each to contain a whole ream of closely written manuscript. They had been the labour of the worthy man's whole life; and never were labour and zeal more absurdly wasted. -- Walter Scott
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It is the privilege of tale-tellers to open their story in an inn, the free rendezvous of all travellers, and where the humour of each displays itself, without ceremony or restraint. -- Walter Scott
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Those who follow the banners oreason are like the well-disciplined battalions which, wearing a more sober uniform and making a less dazzling show than the light troops commanded by imagination, enjoy more safety, and even more honor, in the conflicts ohuman life. -- Walter Scott
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We do that in our zeal our calmer moment would be afraid to answer. -- Walter Scott
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The rose is fairest when 't is budding new, And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. The rose is sweetest wash'd with morning dew, And love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears. -- Walter Scott
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Vengeance to God alone belongs; But, when I think of all my wrongs My blood is liquid flame! -- Walter Scott
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Here eglantine embalm'd the air, Hawthorne and hazel mingled there; The primrose pale, and violet flower, Found in each cliff a narrow bower; Fox-glove and nightshade, side by side, Emblems of punishment and pride, Group'd their dark hues with every stain The weather-beaten crags retain. -- Walter Scott
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The sun never sets on the immense empire of Charles V. -- Walter Scott
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Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives! Fight on; death is better than defeat! Fight on brave knights! for bright eyes behold your deeds! -- Walter Scott
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Steady of heart and stout of hand. -- Walter Scott
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High minds, of native pride and force, Most deeply feel thy pangs, Remorse; Fear, for their scourge, means villains have, Thou art the torturer of the brave! -- Walter Scott
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"Lambe them, lads! lambe them!" a cant phrase of the time derived from the fate of Dr. Lambe, an astrologer and quack, who was knocked on the head by the rabble in Charles the First's time. -- Walter Scott
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He turn'd his charger as he spake, Upon the river shore, He gave his bridle reins a shake, Said, "Adieu for evermore, my love, And adieu for evermore." -- Walter Scott
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We often praise the evening clouds, And tints so gay and bold, But seldom think upon our God, Who tinged these clouds with gold. -- Walter Scott
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To all, to each, a fair good-night, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light. -- Walter Scott
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Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, morn of toil, nor night of waking. -- Walter Scott
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Spur not an unbroken horse; put not your plowshare too deep into new land. -- Walter Scott
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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. -- Walter Scott
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Love will subsist on wonderfully little hope but not altogether without it. -- Walter Scott
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How nearly can what we most despise and hate, approach in outward manner to that which we most venerate! -- Walter Scott
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Literature is a great staff, but a very sorry crutch. -- Walter Scott
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Lightly from fair to fair he flew, And loved to plead, lament, and sue; Suit lightly won, and short-lived pain, For monarchs seldom sigh in vain. -- Walter Scott
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The way was long, the wind was cold, The Minstrel was infirm and old; His withered cheek, and tresses gray, Seemed to have know a better day. -- Walter Scott
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These pearls are orient, but they yield in whiteness to your teeth; the diamonds are brilliant, but they cannot match your eyes; and ever since I have taken up this wild trade, I have made a vow to prefer beauty to wealth. -- Walter Scott
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As long as the Fates permit, live cheerfully. -- Walter Scott
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Are ye come light-handed, ye son of a toom whistle? -- Walter Scott
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Craigengelt, you are either an honest fellow in right good earnest, and I scarce know how to believe that; or you are cleverer than I took you for, and I scarce know how to believe that either. -- Walter Scott
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Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn. -- Walter Scott
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One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should be shot once a-year, just to keep the others on their good behavior. -- Walter Scott
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Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. -- Walter Scott
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The Book of Books Within this ample volume lies The mystery of mysteries. Happiest they of human race To whom their God has given grace To read, to fear, to hope, to pray, To lift the latch, to force the way; But better had they ne'er been born That read to doubt or read to scorn. -- Walter Scott
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Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities. -- Walter Scott
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He that climbs a ladder must begin at the first round. -- Walter Scott
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Love, to her ear, was but a name,
Combin'd with vanity and shame;
Her hopes, her fears, her joys, were all
Bounded within the cloister wall. -- Walter Scott
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Warriors! and where are warriors found, If not on martial Britain's ground? And who, when waked with note of fire, Love more than they the British lyre? -- Walter Scott
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There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine. -- Walter Scott
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Threatened folk live long. -- Walter Scott
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Thou are boot for many a bruise,
And healest many a wound;
In our Lady's blessed name,
I take thee from the ground. -- Walter Scott
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The sickening pang of hope deferr'd. -- Walter Scott
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As hope and fear alternate chase
Our course through life's uncertain race. -- Walter Scott
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We resign to civil society our natural rights of self-defence only on condition that the ordinances of law should protect us. -- Walter Scott
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Stood for his country's glory fast, And nailed her colors to the mast! -- Walter Scott
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The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one volume. -- Walter Scott
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In listening mood she seemed to stand, The guardian Naiad of the strand. -- Walter Scott
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And ne er did Grecian chisel trace A Nymph, a naiad or a grace Of finer form or lovelier face ... -- Walter Scott
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Wounds sustained for the sake of conscience carry their own balsam with the blow. -- Walter Scott
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Trade has all the fascination of gambling without its moral guilt. -- Walter Scott
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As he offered to advance, she exclaimed, Remain where thou art, proud Templar, or at thy choice advance!
one foot nearer, and I plunge myself from the precipice; my body shall be crushed out of the very form of humanity upon the stones of that courtyard ere it become the victim of thy brutality! -- Walter Scott
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Respect was mingled with surprise, And the stern joy which warriors feel In foemen worthy of their steel. -- Walter Scott
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Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue. -- Walter Scott
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Jock, when ye hae naething else to do, ye may be aye sticking in a tree; it will be growing, Jock, when ye 're sleeping. -- Walter Scott
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Art thou a friend to Roderick? -- Walter Scott
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Colonel Talbot? he is a very disagreeable person, to be sure. He looks as if he thought no Scottish woman worth the trouble of handing her a cup of tea. -- Walter Scott
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I'll listen, till my fancy hears
The clang of swords' the crash of spears!
These grates, these walls, shall vanish then
For the fair field of fighting men,
And my free spirit burst away,
As if it soared from battle fray. -- Walter Scott
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A ruin should always be protected but never repaired - thus may we witness full the lingering legacies of the past. -- Walter Scott
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Many a law, many a commandment have I broken, but my word never. -- Walter Scott
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Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of. -- Walter Scott
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he was too proud a man to be a vain one. -- Walter Scott
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Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer. -- Walter Scott
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"Charge, Chester, charge! on, Stanley, on!" Were the last words of Marmion. -- Walter Scott
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Oh, many a shaft at random sent
Finds mark the archer little meant!
And many a word at random spoken
May soothe, or wound, a heart that's broken! -- Walter Scott
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To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so. -- Walter Scott
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Nothing could be more gracefully majestic than his step and manner, had they not been marked by a predominant air of haughtiness, easily acquired by the exercise of unresisted authority. -- Walter Scott
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For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war, Was to wed the fair Ellen of Lochinvar. -- Walter Scott
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We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart. -- Walter Scott
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Merrily, merrily goes the bark On a breeze from the northward free, So shoots through the morning sky the lark, Or the swan through the summer sea. -- Walter Scott
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The chain of friendship, however bright, does not stand the attrition of constant close contact. -- Walter Scott
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As system virtualization becomes mainstream, IT managers will find a greater need for disk imaging for disaster recovery and systems deployment,. -- Walter Scott
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Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. -- Walter Scott
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It is more difficult to look upon victory than upon battle. -- Walter Scott
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The education of our hero, Edward Waverley, was of a nature somewhat desultory. In infancy his health suffered, or was supposed to suffer (which is quite the same thing), by the air of London. -- Walter Scott
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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. -- Walter Scott
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Lucy Ashton, in short, was involved in those mazes of the imagination which are most dangerous to the young and the sensitive. Time, it is true, absence, change of place and of face, might probably have destroyed the illusion in her instance as it has done in many others. -- Walter Scott
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Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit. -- Walter Scott
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Sir Richard Glendale lifted the fatal paper, read it, and saying, 'Now all is indeed over,' handed it to Maxwell, who said aloud, 'Black Colin Campbell ... -- Walter Scott
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Who, noteless as the race from which he sprung,
Saved others' names, but left his own unsung. -- Walter Scott
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And my father!-oh, my father! evil is it with his daughter, when his grey hairs are not remembered because of the golden locks of youth! -- Walter Scott
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In the lost battle, Borne down by the flying, Where mingles war's rattle With groans of the dying. -- Walter Scott
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Good wine needs neither bush nor preface to make it welcome. And they drank the red wine through the helmet barr'd. -- Walter Scott
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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. -- Walter Scott
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What a strange scene if the surge of conversation could suddenly ebb like the tide, and show us the real state of people's minds. -- Walter Scott
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Affection can withstand very severe storms of vigor, but not a long polar frost of indifference. -- Walter Scott
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Thus do men throw on fate the issue of their own wild passions. -- Walter Scott
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Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking. -- Walter Scott
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Well, then
our course is chosen
spread the sail
Heave oft the lead, and mark the soundings well
Look to the helm, good master
many a shoal
Marks this stern coast, and rocks, where sits the Siren
Who, like ambition, lures men to their ruin. -- Walter Scott
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What skilful limner e'er would choose To paint the rainbow's varying hues, Unless to mortal it were given To dip his brush in dyes of heaven? -- Walter Scott
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He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit. -- Walter Scott
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Those who are too idle to read, save for the purpose of amusement, may in these works acquire some acquaintance with history, which, however inaccurate, is better than none. -- Walter Scott
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Great talent has always a little madness mixed up with it. -- Walter Scott
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there are stratagems in law as well as war. -- Walter Scott
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Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port, and let me gang free, And it's room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee! -- Walter Scott
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simplicity may be improved, but pride and conceit never. Well, -- Walter Scott
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Mellow nuts have the hardest rind. -- Walter Scott
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He that follows the advice of reason has a mind that is elevated above the reach of injury; that sits above the clouds, in a calm and quiet ether, and with a brave indifferency hears the rolling thunders grumble and burst under his feet. -- Walter Scott
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Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences? -- Walter Scott
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As good play for nothing, you know, as work for nothing. -- Walter Scott
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Never was flattery lost on a poet's ear; a simple race, they waste their toil for the vain tribute of a smile. -- Walter Scott
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If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once. -- Walter Scott
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The race of humankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. -- Walter Scott
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A thousand fearful images and dire suggestions glance along the mind when it is moody and discontented with itself. Command them to stand and show themselves, and you presently assert the power of reason over imagination. -- Walter Scott
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cared for no rogues but their own, -- Walter Scott
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Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much. -- Walter Scott
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The lover's pleasure, like that of the hunter, is in the chase, and the brightest beauty loses half its merit, as the flower its perfume, when the willing hand can reach it too easily. There must be doubt; there must be difficulty and danger. -- Walter Scott
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I am not sure if the ladies understand the full value of the influence of absence, nor do I think it wise to teach it them, lest, like the Clelias and Mandanes of yore, they should resume the humour of sending their lovers to banishment. -- Walter Scott
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All my life long I have been more melted by the distress under which a strong, proud, and powerful mind is compelled to give way, than by the more easily excited sorrows of softer dispositions. -- Walter Scott
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Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung. -- Walter Scott
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Thy resolution may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion, but mine is anchored on the Rock of Ages. -- Walter Scott
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My foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor. -- Walter Scott
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Every hour has its end. -- Walter Scott
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That day of wrath, that dreadful day. When heaven and earth shall pass away. -- Walter Scott
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So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like young Lochinvar. -- Walter Scott
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I was not always a man of woe. -- Walter Scott
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Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief. -- Walter Scott
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Like the dew on the mountain, like the foam on the river, like the bubble on the fountain, thou art gone, and for ever! -- Walter Scott
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Treason seldom dwells with courage. -- Walter Scott
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Now, it is well known, that a man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach either of real good breeding or of good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute point of fashionable etiquette. -- Walter Scott
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Blessed be his name, who hath appointed the quiet night to follow the busy day, and the calm sleep to refresh the wearied limbs and to compose the troubled spirit. -- Walter Scott
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Still are the thoughts to memory dear. -- Walter Scott
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Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed! -- Walter Scott
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In prosperous times I have sometimes felt my fancy and powers of language flag, but adversity is to me at least a tonic and bracer. -- Walter Scott
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We are like the herb which flourisheth most when trampled upon -- Walter Scott
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I was born a Scotsman and a bare one. Therefore I was born to fight my way in the world. -- Walter Scott
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There is no better antidote against entertaining too high an opinion of others than having an excellent one of ourselves at the very same time. -- Walter Scott
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Still from the sire the son shall hear Of the stern strife, and carnage drear, Of Flodden's fatal field, When shiver'd was fair Scotland's spear, And broken was her shield! -- Walter Scott
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I envy thee not thy faith, which is ever in thy mouth but never in thy heart nor in thy practice -- Walter Scott
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What an ornament and safeguard is humor! Far better than wit for a poet and writer. It is a genius itself, and so defends from the insanities. -- Walter Scott
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Look at a gown of gold, and you will at least get a sleeve of it. -- Walter Scott
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Sleep in peace, and wake in joy. -- Walter Scott
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Godfrey Bertram of Ellangowan succeeded to a long pedigree and a short rent-roll, like many lairds of that period. -- Walter Scott
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It is from the well of St. Dunstan' said he, 'In which betwixt sun and sun, he baptised five hundred heathen Danes and Britons - blessed be his name!' And applying his black beard to the pitcher, he took a draught much more moderate in quantity than his encomium seemed to warrant. -- Walter Scott
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A glass of good wine is a gracious creature, and reconciles poor mortality to itself and that is what few things can do. -- Walter Scott
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The tear, down childhood's cheek that flows, Is like the dewdrop on the rose; When next the summer breeze comes by And waves the bush, the flower is dry. -- Walter Scott
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But woe awaits a country when She sees the tears of bearded men. -- Walter Scott
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The man who is deserving the name is the one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than for himself. -- Walter Scott
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See yonder rock from which the fountain gushes; is it less compact of adamant, though waters flow from it? Firm hearts have moister eyes. -- Walter Scott
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Then hush thee, my darling, take rest while you may, For strife comes with manhood, and waking with day. -- Walter Scott
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God will raise me up a champion."
~ Rebecca (Ivanhoe) -- Walter Scott
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But search the land of living men, Where wilt thou find their like again? -- Walter Scott
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The paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace. -- Walter Scott
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Her blue eyes sought the west afar,
For lovers love the western star. -- Walter Scott
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There are few more melancholy sensations than those with which we regard scenes of past pleasure when altered and deserted. -- Walter Scott
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What!" said Bois-Guilbert, "so soon?" "Ay," replied the preceptor, "trial moves rapidly on when the judge has determined the sentence beforehand. -- Walter Scott
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It is the pest of our profession that we seldom see the best side of human nature. -- Walter Scott
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He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. -- Walter Scott
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The worst evil which befalls our race is, that when we are wronged and plundered, all the world laughs around, and we are compelled to suppress our sense of injury, and to smile tamely, when we would revenge bravely. -- Walter Scott
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What can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier? -- Walter Scott
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The lovers of the chase say that the hare feels more agony during the pursuit of the greyhounds, than when she is struggling in their fangs. -- Walter Scott
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I will not slip my dog before the game's a-foot. - But, -- Walter Scott
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And better had they ne'er been born, Who read to doubt, or read to scorn. -- Walter Scott
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I have heard men talk about the blessings of freedom," he said to himself, "but I wish any wise man would teach me what use to make of it now that I have it. -- Walter Scott
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The heart-sick faintness of the hope delayed! -- Walter Scott
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adversity bends the heart as fire bends the stubborn steel, and those who are no longer their own governors, and the denizens of their own free independent state, must crouch before strangers. -- Walter Scott
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Mystery has great charms for womanhood. -- Walter Scott
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Chapter XX Happy's the wooing That's not long a-doing -- Walter Scott
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A good deal of philanthropy arises in general from mere vanity and love of distinction gilded over to others and to themselves with some show of benevolent sentiment. -- Walter Scott
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In love quarrels the party that loves the most is always most willing to acknowledge the greater fault. -- Walter Scott
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The will to do, the soul to dare. -- Walter Scott
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For Love will still be lord of all. -- Walter Scott
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No word of commiseration can make a burden feel one feather's weight lighter to the slave who must carry it. -- Walter Scott
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Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland? -- Walter Scott
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Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. -- Walter Scott
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Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control. -- Walter Scott
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He that is without name,without friend,without coin,without country,is still at least a man;and he that has all these is no more -- Walter Scott
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Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band That knits me to thy rugged strand! -- Walter Scott
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The schoolmaster is termed, classically, Ludi Magister, because he deprives boys of their play. -- Walter Scott
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Chess is a sad waste of brains. -- Walter Scott
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No scene of mortal life but teems with mortal woe. -- Walter Scott
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Sordid selfishness doth contract and narrow our benevolence, and cause us, like serpents, to infold ourselves within ourselves, and to turn out our stings to the entire world besides. -- Walter Scott
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It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, son as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
It is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
In body and in soul can bind. -- Walter Scott
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The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention ... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. -- Walter Scott
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To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. -- Walter Scott
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Necessity
thou best of peacemakers, As well as surest prompter of invention. -- Walter Scott
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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. -- Walter Scott
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He who indulges his sense in any excesses renders himself obnoxious to his own reason; and, to gratify the brute in him, displeases the man, and sets his two natures at variance. -- Walter Scott
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I forgive you, Sir Knight," said Rowena, "as a Christian."
"That means," said Wamba, "that she does not forgive him at all. -- Walter Scott
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I will but confess the sins of my green cloak to my grey friar's frock, and all shall be well again. -- Walter Scott
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Covetousness bursts the sack and spills the grain. -- Walter Scott
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In civilised society law is the chimney through which all that smoke discharges itself that used to circulate through the whole house, -- Walter Scott
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Fear to do base unworthy things is valour; If they be done to us, to suffer them Is valour too. -- Walter Scott
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Woman's faith and woman's trust, Write the characters in dust. -- Walter Scott
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Sensibility is nature's celestial spring. -- Walter Scott
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Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger; but in being prompt to confront and disarm it. -- Walter Scott
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Nothing is more the child of art than a garden. -- Walter Scott
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Saint George and the Dragon!-Bonny Saint George for Merry England!-The castle is won! -- Walter Scott
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He hath a share of man's intelligence, but no share of man's falsehood. -- Walter Scott
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Look not thou on beauty's charming;
Sit thou still when kings are arming;
Taste not when the wine-cup glistens;
Speak not when the people listens -- Walter Scott
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Welcome as the flowers in May. -- Walter Scott
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It is a great disgrace to religion, to imagine that it is an enemy to mirth and cheerfulness, and a severe exacter of pensive looks and solemn faces. -- Walter Scott
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A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity. -- Walter Scott
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Though varying wishes, hopes, and fears,
Fever'd the progress of these years,
Yet now, days, weeks, and months but seem
The recollection of a dream. -- Walter Scott
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I have sought but a kindred spirit to share it, and I have found such in thee. -- Walter Scott
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If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors. -- Walter Scott
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If you keep a thing seven years, you are sure to find a use for it. -- Walter Scott
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Tell that to the marines - the sailors won't believe it. -- Walter Scott
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Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer. -- Walter Scott
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so wondrous wild, the whole might seem
the scenery of a fairy dream -- Walter Scott
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Rebecca! she who could prefer death to dishonor must have a proud and powerful soul! -- Walter Scott
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I am the very child of caprice and folly. -- Walter Scott
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There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial. -- Walter Scott
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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 honour or observation. -- Walter Scott
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Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life. -- Walter Scott
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Fools should not have chapping sticks'; that is, weapons of offence. -- Walter Scott
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November's sky is chill and drear, November's leaf is red and sear. -- Walter Scott
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Oh, poverty parts good company. -- Walter Scott
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God of Jacob! it is the meeting of two fierce tides - the conflict of two oceans moved by adverse winds! -- Walter Scott
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Normans both; but Norman or Saxon, the hospitality of Rotherwood must not be impeached: they are welcome, since they have chosen to halt; more welcome would they have been to have ridden further on their way. -- Walter Scott
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Women are but the toys which amuse our lighter hours
ambition is the serious business of life. -- Walter Scott
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A few drops sprinkled on the torch of love make the flame blaze the brighter. -- Walter Scott
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Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains, Winning from Reason's hand the reins, Pity and woe! for such a mind Is soft contemplative, and kind. -- Walter Scott
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Hunger and fear are excellent casuists. -- Walter Scott
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War is the only game in which both sides lose. -- Walter Scott
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Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges -- Walter Scott
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God in his goodness sent the grapes
To cheer both great and small;
Little fools will drink too much
And great fools none at all! -- Walter Scott
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Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep. -- Walter Scott
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A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year. -- Walter Scott
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Spangling the wave with lights as vain As pleasures in the vale of pain, That dazzle as they fade. -- Walter Scott
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In the name of God!" said Gurth, "how came they prisoners? and to whom?"
"Our master was too ready to fight," said the Jester, "and Athelstane was not ready enough, and no other person was ready at all. -- Walter Scott
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Tears are the softening showers which cause the seed of heaven to spring up in the human heart. -- Walter Scott
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Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven. -- Walter Scott
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Hail to the chief in triumph advances. -- Walter Scott
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Hard toil can roughen form and face, And want call quench the eye's bright grace. -- Walter Scott
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Honour is a homicide and a bloodspiller, that gangs about making frays in the street; but Credit is a decent honest man, that sits at hame and makes the pat play. -- Walter Scott
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When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone. -- Walter Scott
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A sinful heart makes feeble hand. -- Walter Scott
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Hospitality to the exile, and broken bones to the tyrant. -- Walter Scott
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I like a highland friend who will stand by me not only when I am in the right, but when I am a little in the wrong. -- Walter Scott
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She felt in her mind the consciousness that she was entitled to hold a higher rank from her merit, than the arbitrary despotism of religious prejudice permitted her to aspire to. -- Walter Scott
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Oh, Brignall banks are wild and fair, And Greta woods are green, And you may gather garlands there Would grace a summer's queen. -- Walter Scott
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But he had only received that sort of answer usually given by those who are more obstinate in following their own course, than strong in justifying it. -- Walter Scott
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Contentions fierce, Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause. -- Walter Scott
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Revenge is a feast for the
gods! -- Walter Scott
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Come one, come all! this rock shall fly
From its firm base, as soon as I. -- Walter Scott
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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. -- Walter Scott
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Within that awful volume lies The mystery of mysteries! -- Walter Scott
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Profan'd the God-given strength, and marr'd the lofty line. -- Walter Scott
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Dear to me is my bonnie white steed; Oft has he helped me at pinch of need. -- Walter Scott
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For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. -- Walter Scott
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Where lives the man that has not tried How mirth can into folly glide, And folly into sin! -- Walter Scott
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It was Zenocrates, not Plato, who denied that pain was an evil. -- Walter Scott
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Certainly," quoth Athelstane, "women are the least to be trusted of all animals, monks and abbots excepted. -- Walter Scott
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But with morning cool repentance came. -- Walter Scott
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My hope, my heaven, my trust must be,
My gentle guide, in following thee. -- Walter Scott
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Silence, maiden; thy tongue outruns thy discretion. -- Walter Scott
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Fair play is a jewel. -- Walter Scott
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All is possible for those who dare to die! -- Walter Scott
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I wish to Heaven these scoundrels were condemned to be squeezed to death in their own presses. I am told there are not less than a dozen of their papers now published in town, and no wonder that they are obliged to invent lies to find sale for their journals. -- Walter Scott
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Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land. -- Walter Scott
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Crystal and hearts would lose all their merit in the world if it were not for their fragility. -- Walter Scott
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My mind to me a kingdom is. I am rightful monarch; and, God to aid, I will not be dethroned by any rebellious passion that may rear its standard against me. -- Walter Scott
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Time rolls his ceaseless course. -- Walter Scott
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Ambition, policy, bravery, all far beyond their sphere, here learned the fate of mortals. -- Walter Scott
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Caution comes too late when we are in the midst of evils. -- Walter Scott
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All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. -- Walter Scott
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If a faultless poem could be produced, I am satisfied it would tire the critics themselves; and annoy the whole reading world with the spleen. -- Walter Scott
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It was woman that taught me cruelty, and on woman therefore I have exercised it. -- Walter Scott
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A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy. -- Walter Scott
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Each must drain
His share of pleasure, share of pain. -- Walter Scott