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Scottish novelist, poet and historian
(1771 - 1832)
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Death is dreadful, but in the first springtime of youth, to be snatched forcibly from the banquet to which the individual has but just sat down is peculiarly appalling.
      - [Death]

Dinna curse him, sir; I have heard a good man say that a curse was like a stone flung up to the heavens, and maist like to return on his head that sent it.
      - [Curses]

Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?
      - [Astrology]

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

Each must drain
  His share of pleasure, share of pain.
      - [Proverbs]

Equity judgeth with lenity, laws with extremity. In all moral cases, the reason of the law is the law.
      - [Law]

Every hour has its end.
      - [End]

Fill the bright goblet, spread the festive board!
      - [Proverbs]

For deadly fear can time outgo, and blanch at once the hair.
      - [Hair]

For, wake where'er he may, man wakes to care and coil.
      - [Proverbs]

From my experience, not one in twenty marries the first love; we build statues of snow and weep to see them melt.
      - [Matrimony]

From the white-thorn the May-flower shed
  Its dewy fragrance round our head;
    Not Ariel lived more merrily
      Under the blossom'd bough than we.
      - [Country]

Give me an honest laugher.
      - [Laughter]

Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking.
      - [Intemperance]

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
      - [Guilt]

Hard toll can roughen form and face,
  And want can quench the eye's bright grace.
      - [Work]

He that follows the advice of reason has a mind that is elevated above the reach of injury; that sits above the clouds, in a calm and quiet ether, and with a brave indifferency hears the rolling thunders grumble and burst under his feet.
      - [Reason]

He that would soothe sorrow must not argue on the vanity of the most deceitful hopes.
      - [Sorrow]

He who indulges his sense in any excesses renders himself obnoxious to his own reason; and, to gratify the brute in him, displeases the man, and sets his two natures at variance.
      - [Excess]

Heap on more wood! the wind is chill!
  But let it whistle as it will,
    We'll keep up Christmas merry still.
      - [Proverbs]

Heaven know its time; the bullet has its billet.
      - [Heaven]

Here is neither want of appetite nor mouths,
  Pray heaven we be not scant of meat or mirth.
      - [Appetite]

His eyebrow dark, and eye of fire, showed spirit proud, and prompt to ire.
      - [Eyes]

His face was of that doubtful kind,
  That wins the eye but not the mind.
      - [Face]

His soul, like bark with rudder lost,
  On passion's changeful tide was tost;
    Nor vice nor virtue had the power
      Beyond th' impression of the hour;
        And O, when passion rules, how rare
          The hours that fall to virtue's share!
      - [Passion]

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