Walter Scott

(Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet)

Walter Scott
Walter Scott
  • Born: August 15, 1771
  • Died: September 21, 1832
  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Profession: Novelist









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A great part of the law of nations stands upon the usage and practice of nations. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! Miscellaneous
The only method of advertising known to the ancients was the word of mouth. The merchant who had wares to offer brought them to the gate of a city and there cried aloud, making the worth of his goods known to those who were entering the city, and who might be induced to turn aside and purchase them…. As soon as printed symbols were invented the advertising man made use of them to give publicity to his merchandise. We find advertisements engraved on walls and tombs, written on parchment and papyrus, and printed by the first printing presses. …. Postells, painted signs, street-car placards, booklets, calendars, almanacs, handbills, magazine and newspaper advertising have now become forms of advertising so well established that we look upon them as a necessity, and are surprised to learn that most of them are modern innovations…. The first advertisement printed in English appeared in the Imperial Intelligencer in March, 1648. Advertising in magazines was not begun until comparatively recent times. For instance, the first advertisement appeared in Harper's Magazine in 1864. Business, Commerce & Finance
There has been in England a gradual and progressive system of assuming the management of affairs entirely and exclusively proper to Scotland, as if we were totally unworthy of having the management of our own concerns. States. Nations & Nationhood
You have power, rank, command, influence; we have wealth, the source both of our strength and weakness. Power
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy. Truth
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life. Life
Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer. Time ;New Years
Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Success
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Power
He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. Families, Children & Parenting
If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.
Look back, and smile on perils past.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.
O! 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! Moving On
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
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. Life
Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep. Success
Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities. Success ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary. Literature, Writers & Writing
The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me. Life
The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt. Power
There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine. Religion & God
To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.
Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn. Nature
We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.
What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.
When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.