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...[E]xcept the flying fish, there was no race existing on the earth, in the air, or the waters, who were the object of such an intermitting, general, and relentless persecution as the Jews of this period. Upon the slightest and most unreasonable pretences, as well as upon accusations the most absurd and groundless, their persons and property were exposed to every turn of popular fury... Yet the passive courage inspired by the love of gain induced the Jews to dare the various evils to which they were subjected, in consideration of the immense profits which they were enabled to realise in a country naturally so wealthy as England. In spite of every kind of discouragement, and even of the special court of taxations already mentioned, called the Jews' Exchequer, erected for the very purpose of despoiling and distressing them, the Jews increased, multiplied, and accumulated huge sums, which they transferred from one hand to another by means of bills of exchange-an invention for which commerce is said to be indebted to them, and which enabled them to transfer their wealth from land to land, that, when threatened with oppression in one country, their treasure might be secured in another. The obstinacy and avarice of the Jews being thus in a measure placed in opposition to the fanaticism and tyranny of those under whom they lived, seemed to increase in proportion to the persecution with which they were visited...


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Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!
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High minds, of native pride and force, Most deeply feel thy pangs, Remorse; Fear, for their sc...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
But with the morning cool repentance came.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Great talent has always a little madness mixed up with it.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Do what you should, not what you may.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new, And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears; The...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Land of my sires! what mortal hand Can e'er untie the filial band That knits me to thy rugged...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
As long as the Fates permit, live cheerfully.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
We do that in our zeal our calmer moment would be afraid to answer.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
And come he slow, or come he fast,
It is but death who comes at last.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
O! many a shaft, at random sent,
Finds mark the archer little meant;
And many a word, at ran...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
And honeysuckle loved to crawl Up the low crag and ruin'd wall.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
To all the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
As good play for nothing, you know, as work for nothing.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,Who never to himself hath said,This is my own, my native l...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Come he slow or come he fast. It is but death who comes at last.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth
SIR WALTER SCOTT
O! many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word, at random spok...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth, When thought is speech, and speech is truth
SIR WALTER SCOTT
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out o...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, th...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
In man's most dark extremity Oft succor dawns from Heaven.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
It is a proof of nobility of mind to despise injuries.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
He, who holds out but a doubtful hope of succour to the afflicted, denies it.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
He who boasts of his pedigree praises that which does not belong to him.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
He sins not, who is not wilfully a sinner.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
He makes a great row but does nothing.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Death falls heavily on that man who, known too well to others, dies in ignorance of himself.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
A coward calls himself cautious, a miser thrifty.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
That day of wrath, that dreadful day, when heaven and earth shall pass away.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
A simple race! they waste their toil For the vain tribute of a smile
SIR WALTER SCOTT
And let our barks across the pathless flood Hold different courses.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Look back, and smile at perils past.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
I cannot tell how the truth may be; I say the tale as 'twas said to me.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! - Marmion.
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains, Winning from Reason's hand the reins, Pity and woe! for su...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Like the dew on the mountain, Like the foam on the river, Like the bubble on the fountain, ...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are roused by the assurance...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
If you have no friends to share or rejoice in your success in life -- if you cannot look back to tho...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Credit is like a looking - glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clean again; but...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Mary, I believed thee true, And I was blest in thus believing; But now I mourn that ever I knew A gi...
SIR WALTER SCOTT
Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges
SIR WALTER SCOTT