Philip Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier

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Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: "Fool!" said my muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write."

Fool, said my muse to me, look in thy heart and write.

Accounting my death less evil than the betraying of that sweet friend of mine.

Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker. Both equal hurt, in this change sought our bliss: My true love hath my heart and I have his.

Give tribute, but not oblation, to human wisdom.

Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.

But ah, Desire still cries, give me some food.

Have I caught my heav'nly jewel.

All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.

Carrying thus in one person the only two bands of good-will, loveliness and lovingness.

He cometh unto with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

All Love is dead, infected With plague of deep disdain:

Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, The indifferent judge between the high and low.

He that finds truth, without loving her, is like a bat; which, though it have eyes to discern that there is a sun, yet hath so evil eyes, that it cannot delight in the sun.

Ambition thinks no face so beautiful, as that which looks from under a crown.

Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.

He travels safe and not unpleasantly, who is guarded by poverty and guided by love.

Among the best men are diversities of opinion, which should no more, in true reason, breed hatred, than one that loves black should be angry with him that is clothed in white; for thoughts are the very apparel of the mind.

Confidence in one’s self is the chief nurse of magnanimity; which confidence, notwithstanding, doth not leave the care of necessary furniture for it; and therefore, of all the Grecians, Homer doth ever make Achilles the best armed.

He was strong of body, and so much the stronger as he, by a well-disciplined exercise, taught it both to do and suffer.

An evil mind in authority doth not follow the sway of the desires already within it, but frames to itself new diseases not before thought of.

Contentions for trifles can get but a trifling victory.

High erected thoughts seated in the heart of courtesy.

And Faith fair scorn doth gain. From so ungrateful fancy, From such a female franzy, From them that use men thus, Good Lord deliver us.

Courage ought to be guided by skill, and skill armed by courage. - Hardiness should not darken wit, nor wit cool hardiness. - Be valiant as men despising death, but confident as unwonted to be overcome.

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English Poet, Scholar, Soldier and Courtier