George Herbert

George
Herbert
1593
1633

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

Author Quotes

Wine-Counsels seldom prosper.

Would you know what money is, go borrow some.

Your thoughts close, and your countenance loose.

Wisdom picks friends; civility plays the rest; a toy shunn’d cleanly passeth with the best.

Wouldst thou both eat they cake and have it?

Youth may make even with the year; but age, if it will hit, shoots a bow short, and lessens still his stake, as the day lessens, and his life with it.

Wisdom’s a trimmer thing than shop e’er gave.

Wouldst thou unlock the door to cold despair and knowing pensiveness?

Wisedom hath one foot on Land, and another on Sea.

Write, so much given to god; thou shalt be heard.

Wit’s an unruly engine, wildly striking sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer: hast thou the knack? Pamper it not with liking; but if thou want it, buy it not too dear.

Yet Lord restore thine image, hear my call: and though my hard heart scare to tHe can groan, remember that thou once didst write in stone.

With custom we live well, but Laws undo us.

You cannot flea a stone.

Without business debauchery.

You cannot hide an eel in a sack.

Without danger we cannot get beyond danger.

You cannot know wine by the barrel.

Without favor none will know you, and with it you will not know yourself.

You cannot make a wind-mill go with a pair of bellows.

Who will sell the Cow, must say the word.

Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer: hast thou the knack? pamper it not with liking; but if thou want it, buy it not too dear many affecting wit beyond their power, have got to be a dear fool for an hour.

You cannot make the fire so low but it will get out.

Who would do ill ne're wants occasion.

Woe to the house where there is no chiding.

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First Name
George
Last Name
Herbert
Birth Date
1593
Death Date
1633
Bio

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest