George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

The Devil never assails a man except he find him either void of knowledge, or of the fear of God.

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day, and in the morning what thou hast to do; dress and undress thy soul; mark the decay or growth of it. If with thy watch that too be down, then wind up both. Since thou shalt be most surely judged, make thine accounts agree.

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

Storms make oaks take deeper root.

One sword keeps another in the sheath.

Play not for gain, but sport; who plays for more than he can lose with pleasure stakes his heart.

More have repented speech than silence.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

Love makes all hearts gentle.

Many things are lost for want of asking.

Love is not found in the market.

Love is the true price of love.

Little wealth, little care.

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

Life without a friend is death without a witness.

Justice pleaseth few in their own house.

Learn weeping, and thou shalt gain laughing.

In doing we learn.

He that knows what may be gained in a day, never steals.

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.

He that knows nothing, doubts nothing.

He is only bright that shines by himself.

He is rich enough that wants nothing.

Half the world knows not how the other half lives.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest