On August 15, 1771, Sir Walter Scott was born. He was a Scottish novelist and poet. He had a great respect for the Bible and said:
The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one Volume. The most deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore; new light continually beams from this source of heavenly knowledge to direct the conduct, and illustrate the work of God and the ways of men; and he will at last leave the world confessing that the more he studied the Scriptures the fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance, and of their inestimable value.
In his final earthly days, he asked his son-in-law to move him into the library and read to him. He was asked what he wanted read. Scott was surprised and said: “And you ask? There is but one.”
He died September 21, 1832.
Frederick Barton, Favorite Scripture Texts of Famous People (Redding, CA: Pleasant Places Press, 2005), p. 158.
Federer, W.J. Great Quotations. St. Louis, MO: AmeriSearch, 2001. “Scott, Sir Walter.”
Great Literature Online. ClassicAuthors.net: Cyber Sudios, 2004. www.underthesun.cc/Classics/Scott/