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SIR PHILIP SIDNEY (SYDNEY)
English soldier, author, poet and courtier
(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.
      - [Commanders]

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

A dull head thinks of no better way to show himself wise, than by suspecting everything in his way.
      - [Suspicion]

A fair woman shall not only command without authority, but persuade without speaking.
      - [Power]

A just cause and a zealous defender make an imperious resolution cut off the tediousness of cautious discussions.
      - [Zeal]

A noble cause doth ease much a grievous case.
      - [Cause]

A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
      - [Adversity : Confidence : Countenance]

A popular license is indeed the many-headed tyrant.
      - [License]

A tale which holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney-corner.
      - [Tales]

A true knight is fuller of gay 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]

Ambition, like love, can abide no lingering; and ever urgeth on his own successes, hating nothing but what may stop them.
      - [Ambition]

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

As in labor, the more one doth exercise, the more one is enabled to do, strength growing upon work; so, with the use of suffering, men's minds get the habit of suffering, and all fears and terrors are to them but as a summons to battle, whereof they know beforehand they shall come off victorious.
      - [Endurance]

As the fertilest ground, must be manured, so must the highest flying wit have a Daedalus to guide him.
      - [Education]

As the love of the heavens makes us heavenly, the love of virtue virtuous, so doth the love of the world make one become worldly.
      - [Worldliness]

As well the soldier dieth who standeth still as he that gives the bravest onset.
      - [Battle]

Beauty can give an edge to the bluntest sword.
      - [Beauty]

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

But if
  We have such another victory, we are undone.[Pyrrhus--[attributed to him by Bacon]} Victory, with advantage, is rather robbed than purchased.
      - [Victory]

Commonly they use their feet for defence, whose tongue is their weapon.
      - [Boasting : Cowards]

Confidence in one's self is the chief nurse of magnanimity, which confidence, notwithstanding, doth not leave the care of necessary furniture for it; and therefore, of all the Grecians, Homer doth ever make Achilles the best armed.
      - [Self-reliance]

Contentions for trifles can get but a trifling victory.
      - [Trifles]


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