George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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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.

When all sins grow old covetousness is young.

When thou dost tell another's jest, therein omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need; pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin.

Who cannot rest till he good fellows find, he breaks up house, turns out of doors his mind.

Who keeps no guard upon himself is slack, and rots to nothing at the next great thaw.

When baseness is exalted, do not bate the place its honor for the person’s sake.

When war begins, then hell opens.

Who doth his own business, fouls not his hands.

Who lets his wife go to every feast, and his horse drink at every water, shall neither have good wife nor good horse.

When children stand quiet, they have done some ill.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest