George Herbert


Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest

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Without favor none will know you, and with it you will not know yourself.

You cannot make a wind-mill go with a pair of bellows.

Who will sell the Cow, must say the word.

Wit's an unruly engine, wildly striking sometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer: hast thou the knack? pamper it not with liking; but if thou want it, buy it not too dear many affecting wit beyond their power, have got to be a dear fool for an hour.

You cannot make the fire so low but it will get out.

Who would do ill ne're wants occasion.

Woe to the house where there is no chiding.

You know more than books.

Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.

Women laugh when they can and weepe when they will.

You may be on land, yet not in a garden.

Willows are weak, yet they bind other wood.

Wood half-burnt is easily kindled.

You must lose a fly to catch a trout.

Wine ever pays for his loading.

Words and feathers the wind carries away.

You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat. So I did sit and eat.

Wine makes all sorts of creatures at table.

Words are women, deeds are men.

You must strike in measure, when there are many to strike on one Anvil.

Wine that cost nothing is digested before it be drunk.

Working and making a fire doth discretion require.

Your pot broken seems better than my whole one.

Wine-Counsels seldom prosper.

Would you know what money is, go borrow some.

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Welsh-born English Metaphysical Poet, Orator and Anglican Priest