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

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.

What maketh this, but Juppiter the kyng, that is prince and cause of alle thing convertynge al unto his propre welle from which it is deryved, sooth to telle, and heer-agayns no creature on lyve of no degree availleth for to strive. Thanne is it wysdom, as it thynketh me, to maken vertu of necessity, and take it weel, that we may nat eschue; and namely, that to us alle is due.

And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.

But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve He taughte, but first he folwed it him-selve.

For gold in phisik is a cordial; therefore he lovede gold in special.

Ful weel she soong the service dyvyne, entuned in hir nose ful semely, and Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, after the scole of Stratford atte Bowe, for Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.

His studie was but litel on the Bible.

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First Name
Geoffrey
Last Name
Chaucer
Birth Date
c. 1343
Death Date
1400
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English Poet, considered greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, first poet buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey