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GEORGE HERBERT
Welsh poet
(1593 - 1633)
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A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.
      - [Guests]

A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two.
      - [Ability : Dwarf]

A handful of good life is worth a bushel of learning.
      - [Life]

A hundred load of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.
      - [Worry]

A poor beauty finds more lovers than husbands.
      - [Beauty]

A sad, wise valor is the brave complexion.
      - [Valor]

All comes from, and will go to others.
      - [Possession]

All foreign wisdom doth amount to this,
  To take all that is given, whether wealth,
    Or love, or language; nothing comes amiss:
      A good digestion turneth all to health.
      - [Wisdom]

All may have, if they dare try, a glorious life or grave.
      - [Ambition]

Be not too presumptuously sure in any business; for things of this world depend upon such a train of unseen chances that if it were in man's hands to set the tables, yet is he not certain to win the game.
      - [Chance]

Build castles in Spain.
      - [Proverbs]

Chase brave employments with a naked sword
  Throughout the world.
      - [Work]

Corn is cleaned with wind, and the Soul with chastening.
      - [Affliction]

Could not that wisdom which first broached the wine,
  Have thicken'd it with definitions?
    And jagg'd his seamless coat, had that been fine,
      With curious questions and divisions?
        But all the doctrine which he taught and gave
          Was clear as heav'n, from whence it came:
            At least those beams of truth, which only save.
              Surpass brightness any flame,
                Love God, and love your neighbor; watch and pray;
                  Do as you would be done unto:
                    O dark instructions, ev'n dark as day!
                      Who can these gordian knots undo?
      - [Religion]

Couldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
      - [Proverbs]

Destiny is always dark.
      - [Destiny]

Fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy.
      - [Controversy]

From small fires comes oft no small mishap.
      - [Fire]

God's mills grind slow but sure.
      - [Proverbs]

Half the world knows not how the other half lives.
      - [Proverbs]

He hath no leisure who useth it not.
      - [Leisure]

He--the country parson--is not witty or learned or eloquent, but holy.
      - [Clergymen]

Help thyself, and God will help thee.
      - [Self-help]

If a donkey bray at you, don't bray at him.
      - [Anger]

If any speak ill of thee, fly home to thy own conscience and examine thy heart. If thou art guilty, it is a just correction; if not guilty, it is a fair instruction.
      - [Self-examination]


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