John of Salisbury

John of Salisbury
c. 1115
1180

English Author, Educationalist, Diplomat and Bishop of Chartres

Author Quotes

The petition of an empty hand is dangerous.

Seeking is a necessary preliminary to finding, and one who cannot endure the hardship of inquiry cannot expect to harvest the fruit of knowledge.

One who comprehends truth is wise, one who loves it good, one who orders his life in accordance with it happy.

The only sure road to truth is humility.

A recognition of truth and the practice of virtue is the title to security for both the individuals and the whole of mankind.

Virtue cannot be fully attained without liberty and the absence of liberty proves that virtue in its full protection is wanting. Therefore a man is free in proportion to the measure of his virtues, and the extent to which he is free determines what his virtues can accomplish.

The brevity of our life, the dullness of our senses, the torpor of our indifference, the futility of our occupation, suffer us to know but little: and that little is soon shaken and then torn from the mind by the traitor to learning, that hostile and faithless stepmother to memory, oblivion.

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First Name
John of Salisbury
Birth Date
c. 1115
Death Date
1180
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English Author, Educationalist, Diplomat and Bishop of Chartres