While Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things, The fate of empires and the fall of kings; While quacks of State must each produce his plan, And even children lisp the Rights of Man; Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention, The Rights of Woman merit some attention.

— Robert Burns

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My heart 's in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart 's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.


I love drinking now and then. It defecates the standing pool of thought. A man perpetually in the paroxysm and fears of inebriety is like a half-drowned stupid wretch condemned to labor unceasingly in water; but a now-and-then tribute to Bacchus is like the cold bath, bracing and invigorating.


There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

Robert Burns quote Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

Dare to be honest and fear no labor.


The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn.


But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, it's bloom is shed;

Or, like the snow-fall in the river, A moment white, then melts forever.


Dare to be honest and fear no labor.


The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men, Gang aft a-gley, And leave us nought but grief and pain, For promised joy.


Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!


Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.


Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to min?


Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit.


Pleasures are like poppies spread: You seize the flow'r, its bloom is shed.


About Robert Burns

Quotes 187 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

But to see her was to love her, Love but her, and love forever.

Had we never lou'd sae kindly, Had we never lou'd sae blindly, Never met - or never parted - We had ne'er been broken hearted


To make a happy fireside clime To weans and wife, That's the true pathos and sublime Of human life.


My dear, my native soil! For whom my warmest wish to Heav'n is sent, Long may thy hardy sons of rustic toil Be blest with health, and peace, and sweet content!


The golden hours on angel wings Flew o'er me and my dearie, For dear to me as light and life Was my sweet Highland Mary.


A women can make an average man great, and a great man average.


But to see her was to love her, Love but her, and love forever.


I look on the opposite sex with something like the admiration with which I regard the starry sky on a frosty December night. I admire the beauty of the Creator's workmanship, I am charmed with the wild but graceful eccentricity of the motions, and then I wish both of them goodnight.


If there's another world, he lives in bliss; if there is none, he made the best of this.


I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.


Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess.

I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.


Oh my luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June;

Oh my luve's like the melodie That's sweetly played in tune.


And O! be sure to fear the Lord alway, And mind your duty, duly, morn and night;

Lest in temptation's path ye gang astray, Implore His counsel and assisting might: They never sought in vain that sought the Lord aright.


Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!


Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman;

Though they may gang a kennin' wrang, To step aside is human.


God help the teacher, if a man of sensibility and genius, when a booby father presents him with his booby son, and insists on lighting up the rays of science in a fellow's head whose skull is impervious and inaccessible by any other way than a positive fracture with a cudgel.


Go fetch to me a pint o' wine, An' fill it in a silver tassie.


Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root.


O, my luve is like a red, red rose.


It 's guid to be merry and wise, It 's guid to be honest and true, It 's guid to support Caledonia's cause, And bide by the buff and the blue.


She is a winsome wee thing, She is a handsome wee thing, She is a bonny wee thing, This sweet wee wife o' mine.


The best laid plans take 40 years to complete.


O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion.


Even thou who mournst the daisy's fate, That fate is thine--no distant date;

Stern Ruin's ploughshare drives, elate, Full on thy bloom, Till crushed beneath the furrow's weight Shall be thy doom!


Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash; Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash; Some rhyme to court the countra clash, An' raise a din; For me, an aim I never fash; I rhyme for fun.


Burns' Hog-Weighing Method: (1) Get a perfectly symmetrical plank and balance it across a sawhorse. (2) Put the hog on one end of the plank. (3) Pile rocks on the other end until the plank is again perfectly balanced. (4) Carefully guess the weight of the rocks.


His locked, lettered, braw brass collar, Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.


But Mousie, thou art no thy lane In proving foresight may be vain The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft agley An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain For promis'd joy!


Ambition is a meteor-gleam; Fame a restless airy dream; Pleasures, insects on the wing Round Peace, th' tend rest flow'r of spring.


I'm truly sorry man's dominion has broken Nature's social union.


Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white-then melts for ever . . .


Misled by fancy's meteor ray, By passion driven;

But yet the light that led astray Was light from heaven.


My Son, these maxims make a rule An lump them ay thegither: The Rigid Righteous is a fool, The Rigid Wise anither.


Gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new.


O Scotia! my dear, my native soil! For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent


Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O'er a' the ills o' life victorious.


Yon rosebuds in the morning-dew, how pure amang the leaves sae green!


A eunuch is a man who has had his work cut out for him.