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Quotes of the day: George Herbert

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 7:25 PM EST
Feb 28 2015

George Herbert (April 3, 1593 – March 1, 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British devotional lyricist." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A fool knows more in his house then a wise man in another's.

A gift much expected is paid, not given.

A man's discontent is his worst evil.

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.

All is not gold that glisters.

All truths are not to be told.

Although the sun shine, leave not thy cloak at home.

Be not a baker if your head be of butter.

Be useful where thou livest.

Better suffer ill than do ill.

By doing nothing we learn to do ill.

Chase brave employment with a naked sword
Throughout the world.

Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.

Empty vessels sound most.

Every one thinks his sack heaviest.

For want of a nail the shoe is lost, for want of a shoe the horse is lost, for want of a horse the rider is lost.

Give not Saint Peter so much, to leave Saint Paul nothing.

Go not for every grief to the physician, nor for every quarrel to the lawyer, nor for every thirst to the pot.

Good words are worth much, and cost little.

Half the world knows not how the other half lies.

He that goes barefoot must not plant thorns.

He that hath one hog makes him fat; and he that hath one son makes him a fool.

He that is not handsome at twenty, nor strong at thirty, nor rich at forty, nor wise at fifty, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.

He that lies with the dogs riseth with fleas.

He that marries for wealth sells his liberty.

He that seeks trouble never misses.

He that tells a secret is another's servant.

He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.

Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.

Help thyself, and God will help thee.

His bark is worse than his bite.

Hope is the poor man's bread.

In the kingdom of blind men the one-ey'd is king.

Life is half spent before we know what it is.

Little pitchers have wide ears.

Little sticks kindle the fire, great ones put it out.

Living well is the best revenge.

Love and a cough cannot be hid.

Love makes all hard hearts gentle.

Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.

None knows the weight of another's burden.

Old wine and an old friend are good provisions.

On a good bargain think twice.

One enemy is too much.

One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.

One sword keeps another in the sheath.

Poverty is no sin.

Prosperity destroys fools and endangers the wise.

Show me a liar, and I'll show thee a thief.

Sometimes the best gain is to lose.

The best mirror is an old friend.

The eye is bigger then the belly.

The honey is sweet, but the bee stings.

The mill cannot grind with water that's past.

The royal crown cures not the headache.

Thursday come and the week's gone.

Time is the rider that breaks youth.

Trust not one night's ice.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

Where the drink goes in there the wit goes out.

Who says that fictions only and false hair
Become a verse? Is there in truth no beauty?
Is all good structure in a winding stair?

Whose house is of glass must not throw stones at another.

With customs we live well, but laws undo us.

Would you know what money is, go borrow some.

Wouldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?

You may bring a horse to the river, but he will drink when and what he pleaseth.

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