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Robert Burns Quotes


Robert Burns (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a Scottish poet and a lyricist.
(1759 - 1796)

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A mind conscious of integrity scorns to say more than it means to perform.
[Promise]
 

Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
 

And there begins a lang digression about the lords o' the creation.
 

Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
 

Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
 

Dearly bought the hidden treasure, finer feelings can bestow; chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure, thrill the deepest notes of woe.
[Sensibility]
 

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.
 

Firmness, both in suffering and exertion, is a character which I would wish to possess. - I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint, and the cowardly feeble resolve.
 

Gie me a spark o' nature's fire, that's a' the learning I desire.
[Nature]
 

God knows, I'm no the thing I should be, Nor am I even the thing I could be.
 

His locked, lettered, braw brass collar, Shewed him the gentleman and scholar.
 

I could never pour out my inmost soul without reserve to any human being, without danger of one day repenting my confidence.
[Confidence]
 

I have a hundred times wished that one could resign life as an officer resigns a commission.
[Suicide]
 

I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint, and the cowardly feeble resolve.
[Complaining]
 

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
 

If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this.
[Life]
 

Let them cant about decorum, Who have characters to lose!
 

Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
[Cruelty]
 

Mankind is an unco squad And muckle he may grieve thee.
 

Midnight - that hour of night's black arch the keystone.
[Midnight]
 


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