Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.— Walter Scott
The most staggering Walter Scott quotes that are little-known but priceless
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, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
The willow which bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak which resists it.
To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
O woman! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!
Adversity is like the period of the rain.
. . cold, comfortless, unfriendly to people and to animals; yet from that season have their birth the flower, the fruit, the date, the rose and the pomegranate.
Look back, and smile on perils past.
Treason seldom dwells with courage.
To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
War is the only game in which both sides lose.
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
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.
Cats are a very mysterious kind of folk.
There is always more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.
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?
Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed!
Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.
Heap on more wood! - the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.
Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band That knits me to thy rugged strand!
Who o'er the herd would wish to reign, Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain! Vain as the leaf upon the stream, And fickle as a changeful dream; Fantastic as a woman's mood, And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd blood. Thou many-headed monster thing, Oh who would wish to be thy king!
The will to do, the soul to dare.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port, and let me gang free, And it's room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee!
Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.
If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.
...crystal and hearts would lose all their merit in the world if it were not for their fragility.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!
Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword.
Vengeance to God alone belongs; But, when I think of all my wrongs My blood is liquid flame!
For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
The tear, down childhood's cheek that flows, Is like the dewdrop on the rose;
When next the summer breeze comes by And waves the bush, the flower is dry.
Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
See yonder rock from which the fountain gushes;
is it less compact of adamant, though waters flow from it? Firm hearts have moister eyes.
Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger;
but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.
Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.
'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.
The faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
The happy combination of fortuitous circumstances.
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man's heart through half the year.
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.