Adversity is like the period of the former and of the latter rain, — cold, comfortless, unfriendly to man and to animal; yet from that season have their birth the flower and the fruit, the date, the rose, and the pomegranate.
Topics: Adversity, Difficulties
The race of mankind would perish, did they cease to aid each other. From the time that the mother binds the child’s head till the moment that some kind assistant wipes the death-damp from the brow of the dying, we cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-mortals; no one who holds the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
Topics: Kindness, Giving, Humanity, Service
This world is a dream within a dream; and as we grow older, each step is an awakening. The youth awakes, as he thinks, from childhood; the full-grown man despises the pursuits of youth as visionary; and the old man looks on manhood as a feverish dream. Death the last sleep? No! It is the last and final awakening!
Topics: Death, Dying, World
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.
The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small importance, but in enlarging, improving, and correcting the information you possess, by the authority of others.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
And men below, and saints above:
For love is heaven, and heaven is love.
As good play for nothing, you know, as work for nothing.
A thousand fearful images and dire suggestions glance along the mind when it is moody and discontented with itself. Command them to stand and show themselves, and you presently assert the power of reason over imagination.
A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson Scottish Novelist
- J. M. Barrie Scottish Novelist
- Hugh Blair Scottish Minister, Scholar
- Robert Burns Scottish Poet
- John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir Scottish Novelist
- Tobias Smollett Scottish Poet
- George MacDonald Scottish Christian Author
- Arthur Conan Doyle Scottish Writer
- Thomas Carlyle Scottish Historian, Essayist
- Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey Scottish Judge