Philip Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier

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Then will be the time to die nobly, when you cannot live nobly.

Unlawful desires are punished after the effect of enjoying; but impossible desires are punished in the desire itself.

Yea, worse than death: death parts both woe and joy: From joy I part, still living in annoy.

There have been many most excellent poets that have never versified, and now swarm many versifiers that need never answer to the name of poets.

We become willing servants to the good by the bonds their virtues lay upon us.

You that do search for every purling spring Which from the ribs of old Parnassus flows, And every flower, not sweet perhaps, which grows Near thereabouts into your poesy wring; You that do dictionary's method bring Into your rhymes, running in rattling rows;

There is little hope of equity where rebellion reigns.

Well, begone, begone, I say, Lest that Argus' eyes perceive you.' Oh, unjust Fortunes sway, Which can make me thus to leave you, And from louts to run away.

You will never live to my age without you keep yourself in breath with exercise.

There is no benefit so large that malignity will not lessen it; none so narrow that a good interpretation will not enlarge it.

What doth better become wisdom than to discern what is worthy the living?

Youth ever thinks that good whose goodness or evil he sees not.

There is nothing so great that I fear to do it for my friend; nothing so small that I will disdain to do it for him.

What is birth to a man if it be a stain to his dead ancestors to have left such an offspring?

Youths will never live to age unless they keep themselves in breath by exercise, and in heart by joyfulness. Too much thinking doth consume the spirits; and oft it falls out, that while one thinks too much of doing, he fails to do the effect of his thinking.

There is nothing truly evil, but what is within us; the rest is cither natural or accidental.

What is mine, even to my life, is hers I love; but the secret of my friend is not mine.

There needs not strength to be added to inviolate chastity; the excellency of the mind makes the body impregnable.

Whatever comes out of despair cannot bear the title of valor, which should be lifted up to such a height, that holding all things under itself, it should be able to maintain its greatness, even in the midst of miseries.

This is the right conceit of young men, who think then they speak wiseliest when they cannot understand themselves.

When it shall please God to bring thee to man's estate, use great providence and circumspection in choosing thy wife. For from thence will spring all thy future good or evil; and it is an action of life, like unto a stratagem of war, wherein a man can err but once!

Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess? Do they call virtue there ungratefulness?

Whether your time calls you to live or die do both like a prince.

Thou blind man's mark, thou fool's self-chosen snare, Fond Fancy's scum and dregs of scattered thought, Band of all evils, cradle of causeless care, Thou web of will whose end is never wrought; Desire! desire, I have too dearly bought With price of mangled mind thy worthless ware;

Who doth desire that chaste his wife should be, first be he true, for truth doth truth deserve.

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English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier