- O ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland afore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomon'.
: ‘The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomon’ (traditional song)
- So long as there shall but one hundred of us remain alive, we will never subject ourselves to the dominion of the English. For it is not glory, it is not riches, neither is it honour, but it is freedom alone that we fight and contend for, which no honest man will lose but with his life.: ‘Declaration of Arbroath’, a letter sent to the Pope by the Scottish Parliament, 6 April 1320
- There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.
What Every Woman Knows (performed 1908, published 1918) act 2 1860–1937 Scottish writer and dramatist:
- Scotland, land of the omnipotent No.
1943– Scottish poet: ‘A Memory of Death’ (1969)
- My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘My Heart's in the Highlands’ (1790)
- Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed,—
Or to victorie.
Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour;
See approach proud Edward's power,
Chains and slaverie.
1759–96 Scottish poet: ‘Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn’ (1799), also known as ‘Scots, Wha Hae’
- I don't want a Stormont. I don't want a wee pretendy government in Edinburgh.
on the prospective Scottish Parliament; often quoted as ‘a wee pretendy Parliament’
Breakfast with Frost (BBC TV), 9 February 1997 1942– Scottish comedian: interview on
- From the lone shieling of the misty island
Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas—
Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,
And we in dreams behold the Hebrides!
Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine September 1829, and later attributed to Galt 1779–1839 Scottish writer: ‘Canadian Boat Song’ translated from the Gaelic in
- It came with a lass, and it will pass with a lass.
of the crown of Scotland, on learning of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots, December 1542
History of Scotland (1728) 1512–42 Scottish monarch, King from 1513: Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie (1500–65)
- The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) 6 July 1763 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer: James Boswell
- Who owns this landscape?
The millionaire who bought it or
the poacher staggering downhill in the early morning
with a deer on his back?
1910–96 Scottish poet: ‘A Man in Assynt’ (1969)
- Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small?
Only as a patch of hillside may be a cliché corner
To a fool who cries ‘Nothing but heather!’…
Direadh 1 (1974) 1892–1978 Scottish poet and nationalist:
- O Caledonia! stern and wild,
Meet nurse for a poetic child!
The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805) canto 6, st. 2 1771–1832 Scottish novelist and poet:
- It's ill taking the breeks aff a wild Highlandman.
The Fortunes of Nigel (1822) 1771–1832 Scottish novelist and poet:
- Stands Scotland where it did?
Macbeth (1606) act 4, sc. 3, l. 164 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.) 1564–1616 English dramatist:
- It is a wonderful result of the progress of human culture, that at this day there come to us from Scotland rules of taste in all the arts, from epic poetry to gardening.
commonly quoted as ‘We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization’
Gazette littéraire de l'Europe (1764); quoted in Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury Shakespeare and Voltaire (1902) vol. 2 1694–1778 French writer and philosopher:
- It's nae good blamin' it oan the English fir colonising us. Ah don't hate the English. They're just wankers. We can't even pick a decent vibrant, healthy culture to be colonised by.
Trainspotting (1994) 1957– Scottish novelist:
- O flower of Scotland, when will we see your like again,
that fought and died for your wee bit hill and glen
and stood against him, proud Edward's army,
and sent him homeward tae think again.
unofficial Scottish Nationalist anthem 1936–90 Scottish folk singer and musician: ‘O Flower of Scotland’ (1968)
- It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.
Blandings Castle and Elsewhere (1935) ‘The Custody of the Pumpkin’ 1881–1975 English writer; an American citizen from 1955: