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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Novelist
Nation: Scottish
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To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.

Tags: Impossible, Seems, Timid

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.

Tags: History, Knowledge, May

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.

Tags: Empty, Farmer, Leaves

Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.

Tags: Drinking, Greatness, Vices

What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.

Tags: Eyelashes, Far

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.

Tags: Life, Mean, Men

The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me.

Tags: Between, Eyes, Life

What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.

Tags: Rule, Student, Useful

Look back, and smile on perils past.

Tags: Past, Perils, Smile

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

Tags: Deceive, Weave, Web

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.

Tags: Ability, Attitude, Success

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

Tags: Best, Greatest, Power

Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.

Tags: Attitude, Business, Success

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.

Tags: Mind, Poetry, Wisdom

Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.

Tags: Age, Time

Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.

Tags: Away, Dark, Door

We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.

Tags: Build, Snow, Weep

Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.

Tags: Charmed, Escape, Faces

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

Tags: Education, Men, Worth

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Tags: Nature, Spring, Unless

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

Tags: Compass, Faithful, Truth

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.

Tags: Heaven, Love, Men

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!

Tags: Heart, May, Moving On
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Success - keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.

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To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.

Tags: Dreams, Fair, Light

When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.

Tags: Alone, Ourselves, Thinking

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.

Tags: Cannot, Help, Power

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

Tags: Honor, Perfection, True

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.

Tags: Life, Perfection, Reason

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.

Tags: Fruit, Tree, Won

If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.

Tags: After, Once, Turn

It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance that we are doing our duty.

Tags: Energy, Strength, Wonderful

There is a vulgar incredulity, which in historical matters, as well as in those of religion, finds it easier to doubt than to examine.

Tags: Doubt, Matters, Religion
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