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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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!

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.

Better it were not to live than to live a coward.

Fain would I but I dare not; I dare, and yet I may not; I may, although I care not, for pleasure when I play not.

He that doth not as other men do, but endeavoureth that which ought to be done, shall thereby rather incur peril than preservation; for who so laboreth to be sincerely perfect and good shall necessarily perish, living among men that are generally evil.

If thou be subject to any great vanity or ill, then therein trust no man; for every man's folly ought to be his greatest secret.

Men endure the losses that befall them by mere casualty with more patience than the damages they sustain by injustice.

Our bodies are but the anvils of pain and disease and our minds the hives of unnumbered cares.

Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.

The practices of war are so hateful to God, that were not his mercies infinite, it were in vain for those of that profession to hope for any portion of them.

Time itself, under the dreadful shade of whose wings all things wither, hath wasted that lively virtue of nature in man, and beasts, and plants.

Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.

He that hath pity on another man's sorrow shall be free from it himself; and he that delighteth in, and scorneth the misery of another shall one time or other fall into it himself.

If thou marry beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which, perchance, will neither last nor please thee one year.

Men lay the blame of those evils whereof they know not the ground upon public misgovernment.

Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude.

Tell zeal it lacks devotion.

The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.

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