Walter Raleigh, fully Sir Walter Raleigh

Raleigh, fully Sir Walter Raleigh

English Courtier, Navigator, Early American Colonizer, Aristocrat, Writer, Poet, Spy and Explorer

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Whoso desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.

Whoso taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.

Whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and, consequently, the world itself.

Whosoever will live altogether out of himself, and study other men?s humours, shall never be unfortunate.

Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may haply strike out his teeth.

With more patience men endure the losses that befall them by mere casualty than the damages which they sustain by injustice.

Ye pretty daughters of the earth and sun.

Yet stab at thee who will, no stab the soul can kill!

All those school-men, though they were exceeding witty, yet better teach all their followers to shift, than to resolve by their distinctions.

Corrupt seeds bring forth corrupt plants.

From the vanity of the Greeks, the corrupters of all truth, who, without all ground of certainty, vaunt their antiquity, came the error first of all.

I have lived a sinful life, in all sinful callings; for I have been a soldier, a captain, a sea-captain, and a courtier, which are all places of wickedness and vice.

It were better for a man to be subject to any vice, than to drunkenness; for all other vanities and sins are recovered, but a drunkard will never shake off the delight of beastliness; for the longer it possesseth a man, the more he will delight in it, and the older he groweth the more he shall be subject to it; for it dulleth the spirits, and destroyeth the body as ivy doth the ola tree; or as the worm that engendereth in the kernel of the nut.

No man is esteemed for gay garments, but by fools and women.

Remember if you marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year: and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all.

The bottom is but shallow whence they come.

There never was a man of solid understanding, whose apprehensions are sober, and by a pensive inspection advised, but that he hath found by an irresistible necessity one true God and everlasting being.

What dependence can I have on the alleged events of ancient history, when I find such difficulty in ascertaining the truth regarding a matter that has taken place only a few minutes ago, and almost in my own presence!

All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty.

Covetous ambition, thinking all too little which presently it hath, supposeth itself to stand in need of that which it hath not.

Go, Soul, the body?s guest, upon a thankless arrant: fear not to touch the best, the truth shall be thy warrant: go, since I needs must die, and give the world the lie.

I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks; And when I'm introduced to one I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!

Jest not openly at those that are simple, but remember how much thou art bound to God, who hath made thee wiser. Defame not any woman publicly, though thou know her to be evil; for those that are faulty cannot endure to be taxed, but will seek to be avenged of thee; and those that are not guilty cannot endure unjust reproach.

No mortal thing can bear so high a price, but that with mortal thing it may be bought.

Remember the divine saying, He that keepeth his Mouth, keepeth his life.

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English Courtier, Navigator, Early American Colonizer, Aristocrat, Writer, Poet, Spy and Explorer