„The will to do, the soul to dare“

—  Walter Scott, Context: On his bold visage middle age Had slightly pressed its signet sage, Yet had not quenched the open truth And fiery vehemence of youth; Forward and frolic glee was there, The will to do, the soul to dare, The sparkling glance, soon blown to fire, Of hasty love or headlong ire. Canto I, stanza 21.
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skotský literát 1771 - 1832
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„There are too many souls of wood not to love those wooden characters who do indeed have a soul.“

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