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Walter Scott

Birthdate: 15. August 1771
Date of death: 21. September 1832

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, FRSE was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright and poet. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation as Clerk of Session and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire.

A prominent member of the Tory establishment in Edinburgh, Scott was an active member of the Highland Society and served a long term as President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh .

Works

Marmion
Marmion
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Ivanhoe
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Rokeby
Rokeby
Walter Scott
The Monastery
The Monastery
Walter Scott
Waverley
Walter Scott
The Betrothed
The Betrothed
Walter Scott
Rob Roy
Rob Roy
Walter Scott
Woodstock
Walter Scott
The Talisman
The Talisman
Walter Scott
Quentin Durward
Quentin Durward
Walter Scott
The Antiquary
The Antiquary
Walter Scott
Old Mortality
Old Mortality
Walter Scott
Guy Mannering
Walter Scott
The Abbot
The Abbot
Walter Scott
Redgauntlet
Walter Scott

„Revenge is the sweetest morsel to the mouth, that ever was cooked in hell.“

—  Walter Scott

The Heart of Midlothian', Ch. 30 (1818).
Source: The Heart of Mid-Lothian

„All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.“

—  Walter Scott

Letter to J. G. Lockhart (c. 16 June 1830), in H. J. C. Grierson (ed.), Letters of Sir Walter Scott, Vol. II (1936), as reported in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999), p. 652

„O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!“

—  Walter Scott, Marmion

Canto VI, st. 17.
Variant: Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive
Source: Marmion (1808)

„Time will rust the sharpest sword,
Time will consume the strongest cord“

—  Walter Scott, Harold the Dauntless

Harold the Dauntless (1817), Canto I, st. 4.
Context: Time will rust the sharpest sword,
Time will consume the strongest cord;
That which molders hemp and steel,
Mortal arm and nerve must feel.

„True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven“

—  Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel

Canto V, stanza 13.
The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)
Context: True love's the gift which God has given
To man alone beneath the heaven:
It is not fantasy's hot fire,
Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly;
It liveth not in fierce desire,
With dead desire it doth not die;
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.

„The will to do, the soul to dare“

—  Walter Scott

Canto I, stanza 21.
The Lady of the Lake http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3011 (1810)
Context: On his bold visage middle age
Had slightly pressed its signet sage,
Yet had not quenched the open truth
And fiery vehemence of youth;
Forward and frolic glee was there,
The will to do, the soul to dare,
The sparkling glance, soon blown to fire,
Of hasty love or headlong ire.

„Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, and men below, and the saints above, for love is heaven, and heaven is love.“

—  Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel

Canto III, stanza 2.
The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)
Context: In peace, Love tunes the shepherd's reed;
In war, he mounts the warrior's steed;
In halls, in gay attire is seen;
In hamlets, dances on the green.
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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