Scots Quotes

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Julia Quinn
“Francesca: It's still a bit cold yet.
Michael: Never stopped John and me.
Francesca: Yes, well, you're Scottish. Your blood circulates quite well half frozen.”
Julia Quinn, When He Was Wicked

Winston S. Churchill
“Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.”
Winston Churchill

Slavoj Žižek
“We Slovenians are even better misers than you Scottish. You know how Scotland began? One of us Slovenians was spending too much money, so we put him on a boat and he landed in Scotland.”
Slavoj Žižek

Peter Hitchens
“Americans may say they love our accents (I have been accused of sounding 'like Princess Di') but the more thoughtful ones resent and rather dislike us as a nation and people, as friends of mine have found out by being on the edge of conversations where Americans assumed no Englishmen were listening.

And it is the English, specifically, who are the targets of this. Few Americans have heard of Wales. All of them have heard of Ireland and many of them think they are Irish. Scotland gets a sort of free pass, especially since Braveheart re-established the Scots' anti-English credentials among the ignorant millions who get their history off the TV.”
Peter Hitchens

James Barrett Reston
“Golf: A plague invented by the Calvinistic Scots as a punishment for man's sins.”
James Barrett Reston, Uncle Anthony's Unabridged Analogies: Quotes and Proverbs for Lawyers and Lecturers

Algernon Blackwood
“He gave it the benefit of the doubt; he was Scotch.

("The Wendigo")”
Algernon Blackwood, Monster Mix

A.A. Milne
“Yin day, when Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh and Wee Grumphie were aw haein a crack thegither, Christopher Robin feenished whit he had in his mooth and said lichtsomely: 'I saw a Huffalamp the-day, Wee Grumphie.'
'Whit wis it daein?' spiered Wee Grumphie.
'Jist lampin alang', said Christopher Robin. 'I dinna think it saw me.'
'I saw yin wance', said Wee Grumphie. 'At least, I think it wis a Huffalamp. But mibbe it wisna.'
'Sae did I', said Pooh, wunnerin whit like a Huffalamp wis.
'Ye dinna see them that aften', said Christopher Robin in an affhaund wey.
'No noo', said Wee Grumphie.
'No at this time o the year', said Pooh.”
A.A. Milne

Sara Sheridan
“The lively oral storytelling scene in Scots and Gaelic spills over into the majority English-speaking culture, imbuing it with a strong sense of narrative drive that is essential to the modern novel, screenplay and even non-fiction.”
Sara Sheridan

“Though the continued march of intellect and education have nearly obliterated from the mind of the Scots a belief in the marvelous, still a love of the supernatural lingers among the more mountainous districts of the northern kingdom; for 'the Schoolmaster' finds it no easy task, even when aided by all the light of science, to uproot the prejudices of more than two thousand years. ("The Phantom Regiment")”
James Grant, Reign of Terror

J. Derrick McClure
“The Scots language is a mark of the distinctive identity of the Scottish people; and as such we should be concerned to preserve it, even if there were no other reason, because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology.”
J.Derrick McClure, Why Scots Matters

Liz Lochhead
“If aw his hums and haws were hams and haggises, the country wad be weel fed!”
Liz Lochhead, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off & Dracula

“It was not, as some suggest, Calvinism that made Scots hard: it was Scottish character that made Calvinism, already congenial to the national spirit, even more rock-ribbed than its Genevan counterpart.”
James G. Leyburn, The Scotch-Irish: A Social History

Cindy Miles
“Logan lowers his head close to mine. 'Just know this, Ivy Calhhoun,' he begins. 'If I werena a ghost I would open all door for you, properly.”
Cindy Miles, Forevermore

Robert Burns
“O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion:
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
An' ev'n devotion!”
Robert Burns

Charles Lamb
“Above all, you must beware of indirect expressions before a Caledonian. Clap an extinguisher upon your irony, if you are unhappily blest with a vein of it. … I was present not long since at a party of North Britons, where a son of Burns was expected ; and happened to drop a silly expression (in my South British way), that I wished it were the father instead of the son — when four of them started up at once to inform me, that ‘that was impossible, because he was dead.’ An impracticable wish, it seems, was more than they could conceive.”
Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia

Helen B. Cruickshank
“Bide the storm ye canna hinder,
Minding through the strife,
Hoo the luntin’ lowe o’ beauty
Lichts the grey o’ life.”
Helen B. Cruickshank, Sea Buckthorn

“...that famous motto that sits above Christopher Wren's tomb at Westminster Abbey... "If you seek his monument, look around you" - meaning London, 17th Century London. I think it's a motto that very much applies to the Scottish contribution to the modern World: that if you seek their monument, the Scots' monument, look around you.”
Arthur Herman

Kiran Millwood Hargrave
“Handsome man, as these Scots often seem to be…”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Mercies

Charles de Rémusat
“...this nation must rank among the most enlightened in the universe. Politics, religion and literature have made of Scotland something beyond compare...”
Charles de Rémusat