Top 1200 Quotes & Sayings by Scottish Authors

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I consider myself a selfie specialist.
Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence. — © David Byrne
Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.
Drawing is the only thing I've found in which I can lose myself completely. I love it. It started as something that relaxed me, but now it's a struggle because I'm pushing myself. The day-to-day sketching is fraught.
Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death.
When you grow up in a place, you always think it's mundane. Then you travel around and live in different places, and you realise that you've got it the wrong way 'round.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
If you are a successful woman, that can inspire the next generation.
I can earn a great deal more money by playing football outside Scotland than I could in Scotland, but I'd still like to be player-manager of Rangers one day.
I hate exposition and superfluous dialogue. I hate when dialogue is trying to explain or patronize or finger-point.
You can't just be the same character forever. You've got to add some layers, show some personality.
I'll keep going. That's one thing about myself - I'll roll my sleeves up and keep going.
I experimented as a teen, and had some hellish hairstyles - way too many perms and cheap hairspray! — © Edith Bowman
I experimented as a teen, and had some hellish hairstyles - way too many perms and cheap hairspray!
You cannot underestimate the body blow for a snooker player of having your cue broken. After all, it's an extension to your arm.
Jim Swan was my father, but Reg Barnes was my dad.
A writer without a pen would be like a duck without water!
Going to a pub when you're not drinking is pretty boring.
Sometimes if you don't take the easy option, it'll pay dividends in the long run.
I've had my down times, as every manager does, but I bounce back pretty quickly.
What mattered in the cold war was weight - how big are your missiles? How heavy are your tanks? What matters in globalisation is speed. How fast is your modem? How good are you communications?
I was drinking so much coffee and Red Bull just to keep going it screwed me.
My songwriting... it's almost like a kind of self-therapy.
It's an amazing feeling playing at a packed-out Villa Park.
It is hard to find the soul of Mick Jagger. It is very hidden. I think his true personality has receded so far behind the facade that he can no longer find the real person himself.
I was a child badminton wizard.
I kind of crave loneliness.
I'm sick to death of people saying we've made 11 albums that sounds exactly the same, Infact, we've made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.
Snow isn't just pretty. It also cleanses our world and our senses, not just of the soot and grime of a Fife mining town but also of a kind of weary familiarity, a taken-for-granted quality to which our eyes are all too susceptible.
I take a lot of pride in being myself. I'm comfortable with who I am.
If you put a frog in boiling water, it'll jump straight out. If you put it in cold water and gradually bring it to the boil, it'll sit right there until it dies. Scotland has been sitting in England's gradually boiling water for so long that many people are used to it.
I think Taylor Swift, in the days when she was kind of doing more country style, definitely was a big inspiration for me.
I'm just a wee, chubby boy that happens to sing songs.
I believe in love at first sight and hindsight.
The thing about parenting rules is there aren't any. That's what makes it so difficult.
There is a fear of emotion in tennis.
I think a lot of people in their lives feel like they don't fit in, even if it looks like they do. People feel like outsiders even if others think we, the lives we live, have everything. If they are popular or they have everything they are supposed to have. Even then, people still don't feel quite included.
It is so inspirational, to see that in the world of Westeros, men are answering to women, and they are a force to be reckoned with. It's empowering, and it's inspirational as well, because you're just like, 'This is great!'
Schools are not exam factories for the rat race. — © Johann Lamont
Schools are not exam factories for the rat race.
Everyone knows what toothache's like: it's one of those dull pains that just won't go away.
My first love is art, and I see a lot of things in an artistic way.
If you are anxious, if you doubt yourself, if you stress over everything, it ultimately means you really care about what you do.
When I went out on tour as Bing Hitler I would hook up with Lenny and we'd get drunk together. He was always very supportive. He was a big star and a lot of what he said to me had power and impact. Apart from that, I just like him.
I don't like looking back. I'm always constantly looking forward. I'm not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I'm too busy looking for the next cow.
I've always felt a very strong affinity with Jewish people. Over the years I find I've become very friendly with certain people I've worked with - actors, producers, whatever - and then two or three years later I discover they're Jewish.
One of my favorite breakfasts is Greek yogurt with fresh fruit.
The Catholic Church is wealthier than Coca-Cola, but takes from some of the poorest people in the world.
I just keep jogging along, and people seem to like me. And for that I am very grateful.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. — © David Hume
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society.
In the 'Garnethill' trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O'Donnell's dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they're middle-class - they're just working class because they speak with accents.
My nature is feminist. How could you not be a feminist and be alive? The world is full of brilliant, interesting women.
Little things like that when you go to another country is so welcoming. You meet someone, they're so jolly, they speak the language, it really helps.
Music really is our daily medicine.
My problem is, whether it's for emotion or for the talents that a character has to have in a role, I find it very difficult to not take on a challenge. For instance, 'Phantom Of The Opera,' in truth, scared the crap out of me, but I wasn't going to walk away and say, 'I didn't do that because I didn't believe in myself.'
As a child, I always chose a false nose and some face paint and a wig for my birthday.
There's always a new challenge to keep you motivated.
It is not hard to feel like an outsider. I think we have all felt like that at one time or another.
Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Why does any novelist keep writing long after they've made money? Because they've failed to write the perfect novel.
I was on the set of 'Braveheart' and my mate says to me, 'Do you think this film will be any good?' And I really meant this, too, I told him 'Let me put it this way - It won't win any awards.' Cut to: five Oscars.
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