Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey
Chaucer
c. 1343
1400

English Poet, considered greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, first poet buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey

Author Quotes

I will eviscerate you in fiction. Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity.

Many a smale maketh a grate.

Of harmes two the lesse is for to cheese.

That lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.

The smylere with the knyf under the cloke.

Up rose the sonne, and up rose Emelie.

Yblessed be god that I have wedded fyve! Welcome the sixte, whan that evere he shal.

A likerous mouth moste han a likerous tayl.

And therfore, at the kynges court, my brother, ech man for hymself, ther is noon other.

Eke wonder last but nine deies never in toun.

For Saint Paul saith that all that written is, to our doctrine it is y-writ, ywis; taketh the fruit, and let the chaff be still.

He helde about him alway, out of drede, a world of folke.

Idleness is the gate of all harms. - An idle man is like a house that hath no walls; the devils may enter on every side.

Men sholde wedden after hir estat, for youthe and elde is often at debat.

Of studie took he most cure and most hede. Noght o word spak he more than was nede, and that was seyd in forme and reverence, and short and quik, and ful of hy sentence. Souninge in moral vertu was his speche, and gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.

That men by reason will it calle may the daisie or elles the eye of day the emperice, and floure of floures alle.

The thrustelcok made eek hir lay, the wode dove upon the spray she sang ful loude and cleere.

Valentine's day, when every fowl doth choose his mate.

Abstinence is approved of God.

And theron heng a brooch of gold ful sheene, on which ther was first write a crowned A, and after Amor vincit omnia.

Every honest miller has a golden thumb.

For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.

He is gentil that doth gentil dedis.

If gold ruste, what shall iren do?

Min be the travaille, and thin be the glorie.

Author Picture
First Name
Geoffrey
Last Name
Chaucer
Birth Date
c. 1343
Death Date
1400
Bio

English Poet, considered greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, first poet buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey