Robert Burns

celebrated Scottish poet (1759-1796)

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Ae fond kiss, and then we severA farewell, and then foreverDeep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,While the star of hope she leaves himMe, nae cheerful twinkle lights me,Dark despair around benights me.
Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.
Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
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.
I have a hundred times wished that one could resign life as an officer resigns a commission.
I want someone to laugh with me, someone to be grave with me, someone to please me and help my discrimination with his or her own remark, and at times, no doubt, to admire my acuteness and penetration.
If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this.
Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!
Let us do or die.
Look abroad through Nature's range, Nature's mighty law is change.
O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
Suspense is worst than disappointment.
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'menGang aft agley.
The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creatureBut still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid featureYet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extendedAn atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended.
The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.
There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.
When chill November's surly blast make fields and forest bare.

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