Philip Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier

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Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.

Homer never entertained either guests or hosts with long speeches till the mouth of hunger be stopped.

A brave captain is as a root, out of which, as branches, the courage of his soldiers doth spring.

Approved valor is made precious by natural courtesy.

Eagles we see fly alone; and they are but sheep which always herd together

How violently do rumors blow the sails of popular judgments! - How can one discern between the truth and truth-likeness, between shows and substance.

A churlish courtesy rarely comes but either for gain or falsehood.

As well the soldier dieth which standeth still, as he that gives the bravest onset.

Either I will find a way, or I will make one

I am no herald to inquire after men's pedigrees: it sufficeth me if I know of their virtues.

A dull head thinks of no better way to show himself wise than by suspecting everything in his way.

Base natures joy to see hard happen to them they deem happy.

Every base occupation makes one sharp in its practice, and dull in every other.

I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.

A fair woman shall not only command without authority but persuade without speaking.

Be careful to make friendship the child and not the father of virtue, for many are rather good friends than good men; so, although they do not like the evil their friend does, yet they like him who does the evil; and though no counselors of the offence, they yet protect the offender.

Every occasion will catch the senses of the vain man and with that bridle and saddle you may ride him

I on my horse, and Love on me, doth try Our horsemanships, while by strange work I prove A horseman to my horse, a horse to Love,

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage

Beauty and use can so well agree together that of all the trinkets wherewith they are attired there is not one but serves to some necessary purpose.

Fear is far more painful to cowardice than death to true courage.

A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.

Beauty, which can give an edge to the bluntest sword.

Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.

A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.

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English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier