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  • For the rest, modify a little: Frederick the Great was brought up on beer-sops (bread boiled in beer), Robert Burns on oatmeal porridge; and Mahomet and the Caliphs conquered the world on barley meal.”

    The Life of Froude

  • The many loves of Robert Burns all ended in a black jumping-off place, and before he had reached high noon, he tossed over the last bundle of white-ribboned missives and tumbled in after them.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Robert Burns and Lowell Hamilton, The Mysteries of the Head Spread Out Before You like Cheese and Salad

    Your Disgusting Head

  • Robert Burns wrote some deathless lines ” lines written out of the freshness of his heart, simply to please himself, with no furtive eye on Dumfries, Edinburgh, the Kirk, or the Unco Guid of Ayrshire; and these are the lines that have given him his place in the world of letters.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great

  • Carlyle said of Robert Burns that there was no truer gentleman in Europe than the ploughman-poet.

    The Greatest Thing in the World And Other Addresses

  • In the natures of Robert Burns and Francis Schlatter there was little in common; but their experiences were alike in this: they were beloved by women.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great


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