Archive for ‘Scottish’

2012

a cause

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

John Stuart Mill, “The Contest in America,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (1862)

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2012

a man must travel

What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.

Lord Byron, letter to the poet Thomas Moore (1820)

2012

memory

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

J. M. Barrie, “Courage,” rectorial address, St. Andrew’s University (1922)

2012

the great affair

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1878)

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