Sir Walter Scott Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sir walter scott quotes, sir walter scott sayings, and sir walter scott proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fortune may raise up or abuse the ordinary mortal, but the sage and the soldier should have minds beyond her control.     

Sir Walter Scott

Look back, and smile at perils past.     

Sir Walter Scott

Affection can withstand very severe storms of vigor, but not a long polar frost of indifference.     

Sir Walter Scott

O, what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive!      

Sir Walter Scott

The faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.     

Sir Walter Scott

The faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.     

Sir Walter Scott

There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial.     

Sir Walter Scott

Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We'll keep our Christmas merry still.      

Sir Walter Scott

O, what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive!     

Sir Walter Scott

A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.     

Sir Walter Scott

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.     

Sir Walter Scott

Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger; but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.     

Sir Walter Scott

To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.     

Sir Walter Scott

He that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good which he performs, but for the evil which he forbears.     

Sir Walter Scott

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.     

Sir Walter Scott

November’s sky is chill and drear, / November’s leaf is red and sear.     

Sir Walter Scott

For ne'er was flattery lost on poet's ear; / A simple race! they waste their toil / For the vain tribute of a smile.     

Sir Walter Scott

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?     

Sir Walter Scott

To be always intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it—this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.     

Sir Walter Scott

On Christmas eve the bells were rung; / On Christmas eve the mass was sung; / That only night in all the year, / Saw the stole priest the chalice rear.     

Sir Walter Scott