John Stuart Blackie

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John Stuart Blackie (28 July 1809 – 2 March 1895) was a Scottish scholar and man of letters. He was born in Glasgow, and educated at the New Academy and afterwards at the Marischal College, in Aberdeen, where his father was manager of the Commercial Bank.


  • Rocking on a lazy billow
    With roaming eyes,
    Cushioned on a dreamy pillow,
    Thou art now wise.
    Wake the power within thee slumbering,
    Trim the plot that's in thy keeping,
    Thou wilt bless the task when reaping
    Sweet labour's prize.
    • Address to the Edinburgh Students. Quoted by Lord Iddlesleigh, Desultory Reading; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 756.
  • Order is the law of all intelligible existence.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 440.
  • Converse with men makes sharp the glittering wit,
    But God to man doth speak in solitude.
    • Sonnet, Highland Solitude; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 729.

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