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Scottish novelist, poet and historian
(1771 - 1832)
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The man, whom I call deserving the name, is one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than himself.
      - [Man]

The monarch drank that happy hour
  The sweetest, noblest draught of power.
      - [Proverbs]

The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one volume.
      - [Bible]

The paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
      - [Virtue]

The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small consequence, but in enlarging, improving and correcting the information you possess by the authority of others.
      - [Conversation]

The progress of a private conversation betwixt two persons of different sexes is often decisive of their fate, and gives it a turn very distinct perhaps from what they themselves anticipated. Gallantry becomes mingled with conversation, and affection and passion come gradually to mix with gallantry. Nobles, as well as shepherd swains, will, in such a trying moment, say more than they intended; and queens, like village maidens, will listen longer than they should.
      - [Conversation]

The race of mankind would perish, did they cease to aid each other. From the time that the mother binds the child's head till the moment that some kind assistant wipes the death-damp from the brow of the dying, we cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-mortals; no one who holds the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
      - [Brotherhood]

The rose is sweetest wash'd with morning dew,
  And love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears.
      - [Proverbs]

The soul too soft its ills to bear,
  Has left our mortal hemisphere,
    And sought in better world the meed
      To blameless life by heaven decreed.
      - [Death]

The stern delight that warriors feel
  In foemen worthy of their steel.
      - [Proverbs]

The stern joy that warriors feel in foemen worthy of their steel.
      - [Soldiers]

The time which passes over our heads so imperceptibly makes the same gradual change in habits, manners and character, as in personal appearance. At the revolution of every five years we find ourselves another and yet the same;--there is a change of views, and no less of the light in which we regard them; a change of motives as well as of action.
      - [Time]

The will to do, the soul to dare.
      - [Daring]

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.
      - [Adversity : Calamities]

Their flag was furled, and mute their drum.
      - [War]

There are those to whom a sense of religion has come in storm and tempest; there are those whom it has summoned amid scenes of revelry and idle vanity; there are those, too, who have heard its "still small voice" amid rural leisure and placid retirement. But perhaps the knowledge which causeth not to err is most frequently impressed upon the mind during the season of affliction.
      - [Religion]

There never did and never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in a character which was a stranger to the exercise of resolute self-denial.
      - [Self-denial]

There's a glide time coming.
      - [Proverbs]

They dance, they revel, and they sing,
  Till the rude turrets shake and ring.
      - [Proverbs]

Those faces which have charmed us most escape us the soonest.
      - [Face]

Those who are too idle to read, save for the purpose of amusement, may in these works acquire some acquaintance with history, which, however inaccurate, is better than none.
      - [Novels]

Those who follow the banners of Reason are like the well-disciplined battalions which, wearing a more sober uniform and making a less dazzling show than the light troops commanded by Imagination, enjoy more safety, and even more honor, in the conflicts of human life.
      - [Reason]

Though wit be very useful, yet unless a wise man has the keeping of it, that knows when, where, and how to apply it, it is like wild-fire, that flies at rovers, runs hissing about, and blows up everything that comes in its way, without any respect or discrimination.
      - [Wit]

Threatened folk live long.
      - [Proverbs]

To beard the lion in his den,
  The Douglas in his hall.
      - [Proverbial Phrases]

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