65 Sir Walter Scott Quotes On Success In Life

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet FRSE FSAScot was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and Scottish literature. Famous titles include the novels Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, Old Mortality (or The Tale of Old Mortality), The Heart of Mid-Lothian, and The Bride of Lammermoor, and the narrative poems The Lady of the Lake and Marmion. These Walter Scott quotes will motivate you.

Best Walter Scott Quotes

  1. “A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.” ~ Walter Scott
  2. “O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” ~ Walter Scott
  3. “Look back, and smile on perils past.” ~ Walter Scott
  4. “The will to do, the soul to dare..” ~ Walter Scott

  5. “Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue.” ~ Walter Scott
  6. “The chain of friendship, however bright, does not stand the attrition of constant close contact.” ~ Walter Scott
  7. “Many a law, many a commandment have I broken, but my word never.” ~ Walter Scott
  8. Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.” ~ Walter Scott
  9. “For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
  10. “He that climbs a ladder must begin at the first round.” ~ Walter Scott
  11. Hope is brightest when it dawns from fears.” ~ Walter Scott

  12. “Cats are a very mysterious kind of folk. There is always more passing in their minds than we are aware of.” ~ Walter Scott
  13. “To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.” ~ Walter Scott
  14. “War is the only game in which both sides lose.” ~ Walter Scott
  15. “Sleep in peace, and wake in joy.” ~ Walter Scott
  16. “Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.” ~ Walter Scott
  17. “Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.” ~ Walter Scott

  18. “November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear.” ~ Walter Scott
  19. “Marry in haste, repent at leisure.” ~ Walter Scott
  20. “If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.” ~ Walter Scott
  21. “Will future ages believe that such stupid bigotry ever existed!” ~ Walter Scott
  22. “One or two of these scoundrel statesmen should be shot once a-year, just to keep the others on their good behavior.” ~ Walter Scott
  23. “Nothing is more completely the child of art than a garden.” ~ Walter Scott

  24. “True love’s the gift which God has given
    To man alone beneath the heaven.
    It is the secret sympathy,
    The silver link, the silken tie,
    Which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
    In body and in soul can bind.” ~ Walter Scott
  25. “We are like the herb which flourisheth most when it is most trampled on.” ~ Walter Scott
  26. “Treason seldom dwells with courage.” ~ Walter Scott

  27. “One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name” ~ Walter Scott
  28. “Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.” ~ Walter Scott
  29. “Great talent has always a little madness mixed up with it.” ~ Walter Scott
  30. “All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.” ~ Walter Scott
  31. “God in his goodness sent the grapes
    To cheer both great and small;
    Little fools will drink too much
    And great fools none at all!” ~ Walter Scott
  32. “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?” ~ Walter Scott

  33. “Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land.” ~ Walter Scott
  34. “Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.” ~ Walter Scott
  35. “Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking.” ~ Walter Scott
  36. “Caution comes too late when we are in the midst of evils.” ~ Walter Scott
  37. “Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges” ~ Walter Scott
  38. “Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.” ~ Walter Scott
  39. “We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.” ~ Walter Scott

  40. “Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.” ~ Walter Scott
  41. “I was born a Scotsman and a bare one. Therefore I was born to fight my way in the world.” ~ Walter Scott
  42. “Blessed be his name, who hath appointed the quiet night to follow the busy day, and the calm sleep to refresh the wearied limbs and to compose the troubled spirit.” ~ Walter Scott
  43. “As long as the Fates permit, live cheerfully.” ~ Walter Scott
  44. “Heaven know its time; the bullet has its billet” ~ Walter Scott

  45. “A glass of good wine is a gracious creature, and reconciles poor mortality to itself and that is what few things can do.” ~ Walter Scott
  46. “The man who is deserving the name is the one whose thoughts and exertions are for others rather than for himself.” ~ Walter Scott
  47. “He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.” ~ Walter Scott
  48. “He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.” ~ Walter Scott
  49. “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to the mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~ Walter Scott
  50. “To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.” ~ Walter Scott

  51. “Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland?” ~ Walter Scott
  52. “Hurry no man’s cattle; you may come to own a donkey yourself” ~ Walter Scott
  53. “There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.” ~ Walter Scott
  54. “What a strange scene if the surge of conversation could suddenly ebb like the tide, and show us the real state of people’s minds.” ~ Walter Scott Quotes
  55. “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.” ~ Walter Scott
  56. “Each age has deemed the newborn year the fittest time for festal cheer.” ~ Walter Scott

  57. “Silence, maiden; thy tongue outruns thy discretion.” ~ Walter Scott
  58. “Steady of heart and stout of hand.” ~ Walter Scott
  59. “It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.” ~ Walter Scott
  60. “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” ~ Walter Scott
  61. “The happy combination of fortuitous circumstances.” ~ Walter Scott
  62. “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk.” ~ Walter Scott

  63. “Heap on more wood! – the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.” ~ Walter Scott
  64. “A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man’s heart through half the year.” ~ Walter Scott
  65. “Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, As home his footsteps he hath turn’d From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go mark him well; For him no Minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.” ~ Walter Scott

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