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Robert Burns

1759 – 1796 CE

Tenant farmer, tax collector, "The Greatest Scot of all time,” people's poet of Russia, political radical, and writer of one of the wold’s most popular songs (Auld Lang Syne); Burns celebrated everyday life, farming, culture, religious practices, and love. Father of at least 13 children (most born out of wedlock) with at least 5 different women, his affairs were unencumbered even by loves who inspired some of the best love songs ever written. Far beyond it’s place as favorite US New Year’s Eve song, Auld Lang Syne is sung all over the world, was the Korean and Maldive national anthem, popular graduation song in Japan, and sung by troops in the American Civil War and during World War I.

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To a Louse

Quotes by Robert Burns (11 quotes)

“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew, and leave us nothing but grief and pain for promised joy.”

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“But pleasures are like poppies spread— You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow falls in the river— A moment white—then melts forever.”

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“Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!”

Themes: Aggression Evil

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“O, my Love is like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June.
O, my Love is like the Melody, that’s sweetly played in tune.”

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“A woman can make an average man great, and a great man average.”

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“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”

Themes: Doubt

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“I worked for a menial hire, only to learn dismayed, that any wage I had asked of life, life would have willingly paid.”

Themes: Livelihood

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“Ah the power that gift would give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”

Themes: Know Yourself

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“Some books are lies from end to end, and some great lies were never penn'd...”

Themes: Lies Books

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“Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?… we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.”

Themes: Friendship Change

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“Oh would some Power the gift give us, to see ourselves as others see us. It would save us from many mistakes and foolish thoughts.”

from To a Louse

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