28 Mind-Blowing Walter Dill Scott Quotes

Walter Dill Scott is one of the first applied psychologists that drew the field into various business practices to include personal selection and advertising. Here is a look at some of the most notable Walter Dill Scott quotes.

“A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.”

“A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”

“All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. Walter Scott”

“Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.”

“Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.”

“Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.”


“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”

“He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.”

“He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit, He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.”

“How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.”

“If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.”

“If you once turn on your side after the hour at which you ought to rise, it is all over. Bolt up at once.”

“Look back, and smile on perils past.”

“Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above: For love is heaven, and heaven is love.”

“Many miles away there’s a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.”

“O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”

“Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.”

“Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.”

“Success or failure in business is caused more by the mental attitude even than by mental capacities.”

“Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.”

“The half hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention”

“To all, to each, a fair good-night, and pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.”

“To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.”

“To the timid and hesitating everything is impossible because it seems so.”

“Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.”

“We build statues out of snow, and weep to see them melt.”

“What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.”

“When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.”

Here is a unique discussion between professors as they talk about Walter Scott in the 21st century and whether his work should be abridged for the modern reader.

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