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99 Best Sir Walter Scott Quotes

Famous As: Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake
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'.

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

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.

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

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

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

Walter Scott
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, and men below, and the saints above, for love is heaven, and heaven is love.

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
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.

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.

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Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.

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

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

Walter Scott
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?

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

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.

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

Walter Scott
We are like the herb which flourisheth most when trampled upon

We are like the herb which flourisheth most when trampled upon

Walter Scott
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!

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!

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I have heard men talk about the blessings of freedom,

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.

Silence, maiden; thy tongue outruns thy discretion.

Walter Scott
I envy thee not thy faith, which is ever in thy mouth but never in thy heart nor in thy practice

I envy thee not thy faith, which is ever in thy mouth but never in thy heart nor in thy practice

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 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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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.

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.

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Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed!

Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed!

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

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

Walter Scott
Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land.

Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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)

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
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.

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
No word of commiseration can make a burden feel one feather's weight lighter to the slave who must carry it.

No word of commiseration can make a burden feel one feather's weight lighter to the slave who must carry it.

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

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

Walter Scott
He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.

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

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

Walter Scott
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

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

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

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

Walter Scott
Certainly,

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

Walter Scott
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.

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

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.

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

Walter Scott
I forgive you, Sir Knight,

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

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

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

Walter Scott
Look back, and smile on perils past!

Look back, and smile on perils past!

Walter Scott
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.

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!

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
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.

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

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

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

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

Walter Scott
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

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

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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God will raise me up a champion.

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

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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.

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

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

Walter Scott
Of all the train, none escaped except Wamba, who showed upon the occasion much more courage than those who pretended to greater sense.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Walter Scott
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.

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.

...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.

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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
By profession an observer of tones and gestures,

By profession an observer of tones and gestures,

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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...

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Walter Scott
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.

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
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!

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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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!

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
Cared for no rogues but their own,

Cared for no rogues but their own,

Walter Scott
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.

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
A fool's wild speech confounds the wise.

A fool's wild speech confounds the wise.

Walter Scott
There are stratagems in law as well as war.

There are stratagems in law as well as war.

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

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

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

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

Walter Scott
Hunger and fear are excellent casuists.

Hunger and fear are excellent casuists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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