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Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes


An English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat.
(1343 - 1400)

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And she was fair as is the rose in May.
 

But, Lord Crist! whan that it remembreth me Upon my yowthe, and on my jolitee, It tickleth me aboute myn herte roote. Unto this day it dooth myn herte boote That I have had my world as in my tyme. But age, alias! that al wole envenyme, Hath me biraft my beautee and my pith. Lat go, farewel! the devel go therwith! The flour is goon, ther is namoore to telle; The bren, as I best kan, now most I selle.
 

By nature, men love newfangledness.
 

Filth and old age, I'm sure you will agree, are powerful wardens upon chastity.
 

First he wrought, and afterward he taught.
 

Forbid us something, and that thing we desire.
 

Go, little book; God send thee good passage, and specially let this be thy prayer, unto them all that thee will read or hear, where thou art wrong, after their help to call, thee to correct in any part, or all.
 

He was as fresh as is the month of May.
 

Idleness is the gate of all harms. - An idle man is like a house that hath no walls; the devils may enter on every side.
[Idleness]
 

Love is blind.
 

Make a virtue of necessity.
[Acceptance]
 

Murder will out, this my conclusion.
 

My mind to me a kingdom is; such present joys therein I find, that it excels all other bliss that earth affords.
[Mind]
 

Nowhere so busy a man as he than he, and yet he seemed busier than he was.
[Capitalism]
 

Of fortune's sharp adversity, the worst kind of misfortune is this, that a man hath been in prosperity and it remembers when it passed is.
[Misfortune]
 

People can die of mere imagination.
 

The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.
 

The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
 

The life so short, the crafts so long to learn.
 

There's never a new fashion but it's old.
 


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