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Type: Novelist
Nationality: Scottish
Date of Birth: 08/14/1771




 

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Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
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Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.
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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.
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Mary, I believed thee true, And I was blest in thus believing; But now I mourn that ever I knew A girl so fair and so deceiving.
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Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
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We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.
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To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
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He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
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To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
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But with morning cool repentance came.
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A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
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Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.
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There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.
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Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
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O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
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When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.
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What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.
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If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
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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.
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Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.
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Look back, and smile on perils past.
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He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
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For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
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Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
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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!
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