George Herbert

George
Herbert
1593
1633

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

Author Quotes

Were there no fools, bad ware would not pass.

Useful be where thou livest, that they may both want and wish thy pleasing presence still. Kindness, good parts, great places, are the way to compass this.

We do it soon enough, if that we do be well.

Were there no hearers, there would be no backbiters.

Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease.

We know not who lives or dies.

What house more stately hath there been, or can be, than is man?

Valor that parleys is near yielding.

We leave more to do when wee dye, then we have done.

What one day gives, another takes away from us.

Virtue and a Trade are the best portion for Children.

We live in an age that hath more need of good example than precepts.

What skills it if a bag of stones or gold about thy neck do drown thee? Raise thy head; take stars for money; stars not to be told by any art, yet to be purchased.

Virtue flies from the heart of a Mercenary man.

We must love, as looking one day to hate.

What your glass tells you, will not be told by Councel.

Virtue now is in herbs and stones and words only.

We must recoil a little, to the end we may leap the better.

Whatever is made by the hand of man, by the hand of man may be overturned.

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Wealth is like rheume, it falls on the weakest parts.

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother.

War and Physic are governed by the eye.

Wealth is the conjuror’s devil; whom when he thinks he hath, the devil hath him.

When a dog is drowning, everyone offers him drink.

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

Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest