George Herbert

George
Herbert
1593
1633

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

Author Quotes

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.

You know more than books.

Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.

Women laugh when they can and weepe when they will.

You may be on land, yet not in a garden.

Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.

Wood half-burnt is easily kindled.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout.

Wine ever pays for his loading.

Words and feathers the wind carries away.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat. So I did sit and eat.

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

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest