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George Herbert Quotes


An English poet and orator.
(1593 - 1633)

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A cheerful look makes a dish a feast
[Cheerfulness]
 

A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.
[Talking]
 

A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.
 

A great ship asks deep water.
[Greatness]
 

A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.
[Worry]
 

A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
 

A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.
 

A verse may find him who a sermon flies.
[Quotations]
 

A wise man cares not for what he cannot have.
[Resignation]
 

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
[Argument]
 

Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend on such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man's hands to set the tables, still he would not be certain to win the game.
 

Be thrifty, but not covetous.
 

Better never begin than never make an end.
[Begin]
 

Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie: a fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
[Falsehood]
 

Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.
[Deception]
 

Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
 

Do well and right, and let the world sink.
[Action]
 

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame, when once it is within thee.
 

Fly the pleasure that bites tomorrow.
[Pleasure]
 

Get money to live; then live and use it, else it is not true that thou hast gotten. - Surely use alone makes money not contemptible.
[Money]
 


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