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A collection of Walter Scott Quotes about friendship, life, success, poetry, love, and much more.

99 Best Sir Walter Scott Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist

Born On: August 15, 1771

Died On: September 21, 1832

Born In: Edinburgh, Scotland

Died At Age: 61

Walter Scott was a Scottish biographer, poet, novelist and historian. He earned his degree from Edinburg University of Arts and Law. He devoted his time in exploring the Border country to learn about the world around him. Even the childhood illness that left him lame in one leg couldn't prevent him from producing remarkable works in Scottish literature, mainly Romanticism. His famous works include Waverly, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, The Bride of Lammermoor and The Heart of Midlothian. Scott is known for his remarkable writing. He sketched his characters and plots in such a way that it reflected the lives of ordinary people, whether rich or poor, who got caught up in life-changing violent, dramatic incidents in history. Tolerance and social equality were the major themes of his historical works. He believed that every human being, regardless of his ancestry, class, religion and political views, must live an upright life. He was the first novelist to express the conflicts of opposing cultures. He portrayed kings, soldier, merchants and peasants quite realistically. The 18th century enlightenment had a major influence on Scott's work. Despite believing in social progress, he didn't reject his past traditions. Here are some of the most famous quotes by Sir Walter Scott. Most of Scott's popular quotes are from 'Ivanhoe' and 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel'.

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Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.

Walter Scott

All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.

Walter Scott

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

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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.

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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

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.

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

Walter Scott

Many a law, many a commandment have I broken, but my word never.

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Each age has deemed the new-born year The fittest time for festal cheer.

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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

We are like the herb which flourisheth most when trampled upon

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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?

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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.

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Silence, maiden; thy tongue outruns thy discretion.

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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

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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

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.

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Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed!

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It was woman that taught me cruelty, and on woman therefore I have exercised it.

Walter Scott

Love will subsist on wonderfully little hope but not altogether without it.

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Come he slow or come he fast it is but death that comes at last

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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

Heap on more wood! - the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.

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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.

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Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.

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I will tear this folly from my heart, though every fibre bleed as I rend it away!

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One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name

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Wounds sustained for the sake of conscience carry their own balsam with the blow.

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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

One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should be shot once a-year, just to keep the others on their good behavior.

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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

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)

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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.

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A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man's heart through half the year.

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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.

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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.

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My hope, my heaven, my trust must be, My gentle guide, in following thee.

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I have sought but a kindred spirit to share it, and I have found such in thee.

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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

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How nearly can what we most despise and hate, approach in outward manner to that which we most venerate!

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Certainly," quoth Athelstane, "women are the least to be trusted of all animals, monks and abbots excepted.

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Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

Walter Scott

To all, to each, a fair good-night, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.

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Rebecca! she who could prefer death to dishonor must have a proud and powerful soul!

Walter Scott

Look back, and smile on perils past!

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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.

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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!

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O, the tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive.

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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

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

I forgive you, Sir Knight," said Rowena, "as a Christian." "That means," said Wamba, "that she does not forgive him at all.

Walter Scott

Thy resolution may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion, but mine is anchored on the Rock of Ages.

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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

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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

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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.

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God will raise me up a champion." ~ Rebecca (Ivanhoe)

Walter Scott

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.

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The schoolmaster is termed, classically, Ludi Magister, because he deprives boys of their play.

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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

...crystal and hearts would lose all their merit in the world if it were not for their fragility.

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Thus do men throw on fate the issue of their own wild passions.

Walter Scott

I will but confess the sins of my green cloak to my grey friar's frock, and all shall be well again.

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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.

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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.

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Nothing perhaps increases by indulgence more than a desultory habit of reading, especially under such opportunities of gratifying it.

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Trade has all the fascination of gambling without its moral guilt.

Walter Scott

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

Revenge is a feast for the gods!

Walter Scott

To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life, Is worth an age without a name.

Walter Scott

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

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

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

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.

Walter Scott

By profession an observer of tones and gestures,

Walter Scott

We resign to civil society our natural rights of self-defence only on condition that the ordinances of law should protect us.

Walter Scott

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

Are ye come light-handed, ye son of a toom whistle?

Walter Scott

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

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.

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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

God of Jacob! it is the meeting of two fierce tides - the conflict of two oceans moved by adverse winds!

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

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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.

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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!

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Fear to do base unworthy things is valour;      If they be done to us, to suffer them      Is valour too.

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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.

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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!

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Cared for no rogues but their own,

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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.

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A fool's wild speech confounds the wise.

Walter Scott

There are stratagems in law as well as war.

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Lawyer's anxiety about the fate of the most interesting cause has seldom spoiled either his sleep or digestion.

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It was Zenocrates, not Plato, who denied that pain was an evil.

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Hunger and fear are excellent casuists.

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Mr. Sampson, you forget the difference between Plato and Zenocrates.

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Fools should not have chapping sticks'; that is, weapons of offence.

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There are few more melancholy sensations than those with which we regard scenes of past pleasure when altered and deserted.

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Godfrey Bertram of Ellangowan succeeded to a long pedigree and a short rent-roll, like many lairds of that period.

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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.

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