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SIR PHILIP SIDNEY (SYDNEY)
English soldier, author, poet and courtier
(1554 - 1586)
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Her lips, though they were kept close with modest silence, yet, with a pretty kind of natural swelling, seemed to invite the guests that looked on them.
      - [Lips]

High honor is not only gotten and born by pain and danger, but must be nursed by the like, else it vanisheth as soon as it appears to the world.
      - [Honor]

Honor, thou strong idol of man's mind.
      - [Honor]

Hope itself is a pain, while it is overmatched by fear.
      - [Hope]

How violently do rumors blow the sails of popular judgments! How few there be that can discern between truth and truth-likeness, between shows and substance!
      - [Rumor]

I am no herald to inquire of men's pedigrees; it sufficeth me if I know their virtues.
      - [Ancestry]

I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglass, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet.
      - [Songs]

I seek no better warrant than my own, conscience.
      - [Conscience]

I willingly confess that it likes me better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature.
      - [Virtue]

If any sensual weakness arise, we are to yield all our sound forces to the overthrowing of so unnatural a rebellion; wherein how can we want courage, since we are to deal against so feeble an adversary, that in itself is nothing but weakness? Nay, we are to resolve that if reason direct it, we must do it, and if we must do it, we will do it; for to say "I cannot" is childish, and "I will not" is womanish.
      - [Sensuality]

If for anything he loved greatness, it was because therein he might exercise his goodness.
      - [Goodness]

In forming a judgment, lay your hearts void of foretoken opinions; else, whatsoever is done or said will be measured by a wrong rule; like them who have the jaundice, to whom everything appears yellow.
      - [Judgment]

In shame there is no comfort but to be beyond all bounds of shame.
      - [Shame]

In the clear mind of virtue treason can find no hiding-place.
      - [Treason]

In the truly great, virtue governs with the sceptre of knowledge.
      - [Virtue]

In victory, the hero seeks the glory, not the prey.
      - [Victory]

Inquisitiveness is an uncomely guest.
      - [Inquisitiveness]

It is a great happiness to be praised of them that are most praiseworthy.
      - [Praise]

It is a lively spark of nobleness to descend in most favor to one when he is lowest in affliction.
      - [Sympathy]

It is against womanhood to be forward in their own wishes.
      - [Delicacy]

It is cruelty in war that buyeth conquest.
      - [Soldiers]

It is hard, but it is excellent, to find the right knowledge of when correction is necessary and when grace doth most avail.
      - [Punishment]

It is manifest that all government of action is to be gotten by knowledge, and knowledge best, by gathering many knowledges, which is reading.
      - [Reading]

It is no less vain to wish death than it is cowardly to fear it.
      - [Suicide]

It is the manner which is better than all.
      - [Manners]


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