Walter Scott quote about adversity from Ivanhoe - We are like the herb which flourisheth most when it is most trampled on.
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We are like the herb which flourisheth most when it is most trampled on.
 Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1820). copy citation

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Author Walter Scott
Source Ivanhoe
Topic adversity herb flourishing
Date 1820
Language English
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“These Gentiles, cruel and oppressive as they are, are in some sort dependent on the dispersed children of Zion, whom they despise and persecute. Without the aid of our wealth, they could neither furnish forth their hosts in war, nor their triumphs in peace, and the gold which we lend them returns with increase to our coffers. We are like the herb which flourisheth most when it is most trampled on. Even this day's pageant had not proceeded without the consent of the despised Jew, who furnished the means.»
«Daughter,» said Isaac, «thou hast harped upon another string of sorrow. The goodly steed and the rich armour, equal to the full profit of my adventure with our Kirjath Jairam of Leicester—there is a dead loss too—ay, a loss which swallows up the gains of a week; ay, of the space between two Sabbaths—and yet it may end better than I now think, for 'tis a good youth.»” source

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