George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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Two sparrows on one Ear of Corn make an ill agreement.

Water, fire, and soldiers quickly make room.

Welcome evil, if thou comest alone

When all men have what belongs to them, it cannot be much.

Ty it well, and let it go.

We are fools one to another.

Well may he smell fire, whose gown burns.

Under water, famine; under snow, bread.

We bachelors laugh and show our teeth, but you married men laugh till your hearts ache.

Were it not for the bone in the leg, all the world would turn Carpenters (to make them crutches).

Use sometimes to be alone.

We cannot come to honor under Coverlet.

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.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest