Quotes by Walter Scott
- 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.
- 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.
- Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.
- For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
- He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
- 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.
- O! 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!
- One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.
- Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
- Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
- Teach you children poetry it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
- 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.
- There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.
- To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
- Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
- When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.