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Robert Burns Quotes

I never had the least thought or indication of turning poet till I got once healthily in love.

But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show'rs began to fall:
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris'd them all.
From John Barleycorn

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

Dare to be honest and fear no labor.

Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!

O wad some power the giftie gie us,
To see oursel's as others see us.

O, my luve's like a red red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly played in tune.

Some rhyme a neebor's name to lash;
Some rhyme (vain thought!) for needfu' cash;
Some rhyme to court the country clash,
An' raise a din;
For me, an aim I never fash;
I rhyme for fun.

Suspense is worst than disappointment.

There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.

Auld Nature swears the lovely dears
Her noblest work she classes, O;
Her 'prentice han' she tried on man,
And then she made the lasses, O! 1
FromGreen grow the Rashes.

Some books are lies frae end to end.
From Death and Dr. Hornbook.

The best laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft a-gley;
And leave us naught but grief and pain
For promised joy.
From To a Mouse.

Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn.
From Man was made to Mourn.

O Life! how pleasant is thy morning,
Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning!
Cold-pausing Caution's lesson scorning,
We frisk away,
Like schoolboys at th' expected warning,
To joy and play.
From Epistle to James Smith.

Misled by fancy's meteor ray,
By passion driven;
But yet the light that led astray
Was light from heaven.
From The Vision.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o' lang syne?
From Auld Lang Syne.

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