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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Ye pretty daughters of the earth and sun.

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

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.

Abused mortals! did you know where joy, heart's-ease, and comforts grow; you'd scorn proud towers, and seek them in these bowers, where winds sometimes our woods perhaps may shake, but blustering care could never tempest make, nor murmurs e'er come nigh us, saving of fountains that glide by us.

But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend.

Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint all thy vices and follies as thou shalt never, by their will, discern good from evil, or vice from virtue.

History hath triumphed over Time, which besides it, nothing but Eternity hath triumphed over.

It hath so pleased God to provide for all living creatures wherewith he hath filled the world, that such inconveniences as we contemplate afar off are found, by the trial and witness of men?s travels, to be so qualified as there is no portion of the earth made in vain.

Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay.

Power, light, virtue, wisdom, and goodness, being all but attributes of one simple essence, and of one God, we in all admire, and in part discern.

That they are poor in that which makes a lover.

The world is but a large prison, out of which some are daily selected for execution.

Use your youth so that you may have comfort to remember it when it has forsaken you, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof.

According to Solomon, life and death are in the power of the tongue; and as Euripides truly affirmeth, every unbridled tongue in the end shall find itself unfortunate; for in all that ever I observed in the course of worldly things, I ever found that men's fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues, and more men's fortunes overthrown thereby, also, than by their vices.

But Love is a durable fire in the mind ever burning never sick, never old, never dead from itself, never turning.

For it is God's infinite power and every-where-presence (compassing, embracing, and piercing all things) that giveth to the sun power to draw up vapours, to vapours to be made clouds; clouds to contain rain, and rain to fall: so all second and instrumental causes, together with nature itself, without that operative faculty which God gave them, would become altogether silent, virtueless and dead.

I can't write a book commensurate with Shakespeare, but I can write a book by me.

It is plain there is not in nature a point of stability to be found; everything either ascends or declines; when wars are ended abroad, sedition begins at home; and when men are freed from fighting for necessity, they quarrel through ambition. 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.

Never add artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice until thou findest that time hath decayed thy natural heat.

Prescience or foreknowledge, considered in order and nature, if we may speak of God after the manner of men, goeth before providence; for God foreknew all things before he had created them, or before they had being to be cared for; and prescience is no other than an infallible foreknowledge.

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