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

Purity in body and heart

The false lapwynge, full of trecherye.

There's never a new fashion but it's old.

What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.

And for to se, and eek for to be seye.

Be nat wrooth, my lord, though that I pleye. Ful ofte in game a sooth I have herd seye!

First he wrought, and afterward he taught.

Forbede us thing, and that desiren we; preesse on us faste, and thanne wol we flee. With daunger oute we al oure chaffare: greet prees at market maketh dere ware, and too greet chepe is holden at litel pris.

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.

It is ful fair a man to bere him evene,/For alday meeteth men at unset stevene.

Ne nevere mo ne lakked hire pite; tendre-herted, slydynge of corage; but trewely, I kan nat telle hire age.

Right as an aspen lefe she gan to quake.

The firste vertu, sone, if thou wolt leere, is to restreyne and kepe wel thy tonge; thus lerne childen whan that they been yonge.

There's no workman, whatsoever he be, that may both work well and hastily.

What is this world? what asketh men to have? Now with his love, now in his colde grave allone, withouten any compaignye.

And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, after the scole of Stratford atte Bowe, for Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.

But all thing which that shineth as the gold ne is no gold, as I have herd it told.

Fo lo, the gentil kind of the lioun! For when a flye offendeth him or byteth, He with his tayl awey the flye smyteth Al esily, for, of his genterye, Him deyneth net to wreke him on a flye, As cloth a curre or elles another beste.

Frieth in his own grease.

He was as fresh as is the month of May.

It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake.

No empty handed man can lure a bird.

Roses were sette of sweete savour, with many roses that thei here.

The gretest clerkes ben not the wisest men.

Therfore bihoveth hire a ful long spoon that shal ete with a feend.

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