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Sir Philip Sidney Quotes


An English courtier, soldier, poet and romancer.
(1554 - 1586)

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

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

A fair woman shall not only command without authority but persuade without speaking.
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A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
[Adversity]
 

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

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

All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.
[Experience]
 

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

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.
[Opinion]
 

Approved valor is made precious by natural courtesy.
[Courtesy]
 

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

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.
[Friendship]
 

Blasphemous words betray the vain foolishness of the speaker.
[Profanity]
 

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.
[Evenings]
 

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

Confidence in one's self, though the chief nurse of magnanimity, doth not leave the care of necessary furniture for it; of all the Grecians, Homer doth make Achilles the best armed.
[Confidence]
 

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.
[Courage]
 

Doing good is the only certainly happy action of a man's life.
[Beneficence]
 

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.
[Resolution]
 

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


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