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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'.

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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.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.

Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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!

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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!

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott
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.

Walter Scott