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Born in January 25, 1759 / Died in July 21, 1796 / United Kingdom / English

Quotes by Robert Burns

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.
Ah, gentle dames! it gars we greet, To think how mony consels sweet, How mony lengthened, sage advices, The husband frae the wife despises.
Nae man can tether time or tide.
Prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom's root.
To liken them to your auld-warld squad, I must needs say comparisons are odd.
Suspense is worse than disappointment.
Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.
The snowdrop and primrose our woodlands adorn, and violets bathe in the wet o' the morn.
And there begins a lang digression about the lords o' the creation.
His locked, lettered, braw brass collar, Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.
Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
And may you better reck the rede, than ever did th' adviser.
The wide world is all before us - but a world without a friend.
Burns' Hog-Weighing Method: (1) Get a perfectly symmetrical plank and balance it across a sawhorse. (2) Put the hog on one end of the plank. (3) Pile rocks on the other end until the plank is again perfectly balanced. (4) Carefully guess the weight of the rocks.
Liberty's in every blow! Let us do or die.
Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
O pale, pale now, those rosy lips, I aft hae kissed sae fondly;...
See Social-life and Glee sit down, All joyous and unthinking,...
Of a' the airts the wind can blaw, I dearly like the west, For there the bonnie lassie lives, The lassie I lo'e best;
The great Creator to revere Must sure become the creature; But still the preaching cant forbear, And ev'n the rigid feature: Yet ne'er with wits profane to range Be complaisance extended; An atheist laugh's a poor exchange For deity offended.
When matters are desperate we must put on a desperate face.