Walter Scott

Literary Birthday – 15 August – Walter Scott

Walter Scott was born 15 August 1771, and died 21 September 1832.

Seven Quotes

  1. 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.
  2. All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
  3. O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
  4. 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 honour or observation.
  5. For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.
  6. There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.
  7. Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.

Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet. He was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime. His works include IvanhoeRob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake. Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession.

Source for Image: Thomas Lawrence, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 15th August 2013