Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.— Walter Raleigh
The most staggering Walter Raleigh quotes that are glad to read
But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.
If all the world and love were young, And truth in every shepherd's tongue, These pretty pleasures might me move To live with thee, and be thy love.
But true love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning, Never sick, never old, never dead, From itself never turning.
But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend.
The most divine light only shineth on those minds which are purged from all worldly dross and human uncleanliness.
So the heart be right, it is no matter which way the head lieth.
[It is a basic principle of a tyrant] to unarm his people of weapons, money and all means whereby they resist his power.
Hatreds are the cinders of affection.
It is not truth, but opinion that can travel the world without a passport.
It is observed in the course of worldly things, that men's fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues; and more men's fortunes overthrown thereby than by vices.
Give my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope's true gage; And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.
I wish I loved the Human Race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I liked the way it walks; I wish I liked the way it talks; And when I'm introduced to one I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!
Whoever commands the sea, commands the trade;
whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
No mortal thing can bear so high a price, But that with mortal thing it may be bought.
There is no error which hath not some appearance of probability resembling truth, which, when men who study to be singular find out, straining reason, they then publish to the world matter of contention and jangling.
Oh, doughty sons of Hungary! May all success Attend and bless Your warlike ironmongery!
God is absolutely good; and so, assuredly, the cause of all that is good.
Whosoever, in writing a modern history, shall follow truth too near the heels, it may happily strike out his teeth.
The world is itself but a larger prison, out of which some are daily selected for execution.
I shall never be persuaded that God hath shut up all light of learning within the lantern of Aristotle's brain.
What dependence can I have on the alleged events of ancient history, when I find such difficulty in ascertaining the truth regarding a matter that has taken place only a few minutes ago, and almost in my own presence!
Prevention is the daughter of intelligence.
Whoso desireth to govern well and securely, it behoveth him to have a vigilant eye to the proceedings of great princes, and to consider seriously of their designs.
Use your youth so that you may have comfort to remember it when it has forsaken you, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof.
Except thou desire to hasten thine end, take this for a general rule, that thou never add any artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice.
It is, it is a glorious thing To be a Pirate King.
But in vain she did conjure him, To depart her presence so, Having a thousand tongues t' allure him And but one to bid him go. When lips invite, And eyes delight, And cheeks as fresh as rose in June, Persuade delay,-- What boots to say Forego me now, come to me soon.
If she undervalues me, What care I how fair she be?
Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.
The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, the fourth for madness.
A wandering minstrel I A thing of shreds and patches Of ballads, songs and snatches And dreamy lullaby!
Expressive glances Shall be our lances And pops of Sillery Our light artillery.
Our immortal souls, while righteous, are by God himself beautified with the title of his own image and similitude.
The flowers do fade, and wanton fields To wayward winter reckoning yields;
A honey tongue, a heart of gall, Is fancy's spring, but sorrow's fall.
Let valour end my life!
The House of Peers, throughout the war, Did nothing in particular, And did it very well: Yet Britain set the world ablaze In good King George's glorious days!
Silence in love betrays more woe - Than words though ne'er so witty;
A beggar that is dumb, you know, may challenge double pity.
Our shipping and sea service is our best and safest defence as being the only fortification and rampart of England.
According to Solomon, life and death are in the power of the tongue;
and as Euripides truly affirmeth, every unbridled tongue in the end shall find itself unfortunate; for in all that ever I observed in the course of worldly things, I ever found that men's fortunes are oftener made by their tongues than by their virtues, and more men's fortunes overthrown thereby, also, than by their vices.
Love likes not the falling fruit, Nor the withered tree.
If thy friends be of better quality than thyself, thou mayest be sure of two things; first, they will be more careful to keep thy counsel, because they have more to lose than thou hast; the second, they will esteem thee for thyself, and not for that which thou dost possess.
Flatterers are the worst kind of traitors, for they will strengthen thy imperfections, encourage thee in all evils, correct thee in nothing, but so shadow and paint thy follies and vices as thou shalt never, by their will, discover good from evil, or vice from virtue.
Covetous ambition, thinking all too little which presently it hath, supposeth itself to stand in need of that which it hath not.
Death, which hateth and destroyeth a man, is believed;
God, which hath made him and loves him, is always deferred.
I dare not think that any supercelestial heaven, or whatsoever else .
.. was increate and eternal. And as for the place of God before the world created, the finite wisdom of mortal men hath no perception of it; neither can it limit the seat of infinite power, no more than infinite power itself can be limited; for his place is in himself, whom no magnitude else can contain.
Passions are liken'd best to floods and streams: The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb; So, when affection yields discourse, it seems The bottom is but shallow whence they come. They that are rich in words, in words discover
The bodies of men, munition, and money may justly be called the sinews of war.
Fain would I, but I dare not; I dare, and yet I may not; I may, although I care not, for pleasure when I play not.
A man must first govern himself ere he is fit to govern a family;
and his family ere he be fit to bear the government of the commonwealth.