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Blupete's Weekly Commentary


April 11th, 1998.

"Scotland & The Scottish."

"That garret of the earth that knuckle-end of England that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur."- Sydney Smith.

"... In Scotland generally the display of personal character, the indulging your whims and humor in the presence of a friend, is not much encouraged. ... They criticize every thing, analyze every thing, argue upon every thing, dogmatise upon every thing; and the bundle of your habits, feelings, humours, follies and pursuits is regarded by them no more than a bundle of old clothes. They stop you in a sentiment by a question or a stare, and cut you short ...
To a Scotchman if a thing is, it is; there is an end of the question with his opinion about it. He is positive and abrupt, and is not in the habit of conciliating the feelings or soothing the follies of others."
- William Hazlitt, "Mr. Brougham," The Spirit of the Age.

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