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SIR WALTER RALEIGH (1)
English officer, navigator, colonizer, historian, poet and courtier
(1552 - 1618)
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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.
      - [Sophistry]

There is nothing more becoming any wise man, than to make choice of friends, for by them thou shalt be judged what thou art: let them therefore be wise and virtuous, and none of those that follow thee for gain; but make election rather of thy betters, than thy inferiors.
      - [Friendship]

There never was a man of solid understanding, whose apprehensions are sober, and by a pensive inspection advised, but that he hath found by an irresistible necessity one true God and everlasting being.
      - [God]

Thou may'st be sure that he that will in private tell thee of thy faults, is thy friend, for he adventures thy dislike, and doth hazard thy hatred; for there are few men that can endure it, every man for the most part delighting in self-praise, which is one of the most universal follies that bewitcheth mankind.
      - [Friends]

Thou mayest be sure that he who will in private tell thee of thy faults is thy friend, for he adventures thy dislike and doth hazard thy hatred.
      - [Friendship]

To live thy better, let thy worst thoughts die.
      - [Thought]

Trust few men; above all, keep your follies to yourself.
      - [Trust]

What thou givest after thy death, remember that thou givest it to a stranger, and most times to an enemy; for he that shall marry thy wife will despise thee, thy memory, and thine, and shall possess the quiet of thy labors, the fruit which thou hast planted, enjoy thy love, and spend with joy and ease what thou hast spared and gotten with care and travail.
      - [Wills]

Whosoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world, commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.
      - [Ocean]

Ye pretty daughters of the earth and sun.
      - [Flowers]

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 Lover's Verses [Doubt]

Cowards may fear to die; but courage stout,
  Rather than live in snuff, will be put out.
      - Bayley's Life of Raleigh (p. 157),
        on the night before he died [Courage]

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.
      - Dulcina,
        see Cayley's "Life of Raleigh", vol. I, ch. III attributed to Brydges, who edited Raleigh's poems
        [Parting : Wooing]

O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hast cast out of the world and despised: thou hast drawn together all the far stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!
      - Historie of the World
         (bk. V, pt. I, ch. VI) [Death]

Better it were not to live than to live a coward.
      - Instruction to His Son (sec. iv)
        [Cowardice]

Prevention is the daughter of intelligence.
      - Letter to Sir Robert Cecil [Prudence]

Divine is Love and scorneth worldly pelf,
  And can be bought with nothing but with self.
      - Love the Only Price of Love [Love]

No mortal thing can bear so high a price,
  But that with mortal thing it may be bought.
      - Love the Only Price of Love [Bribery]

Shall I, like an hermit, dwell
  On a rock or in a cell?
      - Poem,
        see Cayley's "Life of Raleigh", vol. I
        [Solitude]

Yet stab at thee who will,
  No stab the soul can kill!
      - The Farewell [Soul]

[History] hath triumphed over Time, which besides it, nothing but Eternity hath triumphed over.
      - The History of the World--Preface
        [History]

In a word, we may gather out of history a policy no less wise than eternal; by the comparison and application of other men's forepassed miseries with our own like errors and ill deservings.
      - The History of the World--Preface
         (par. IX) [History]

Goe sowle, the bodies gueste
  vpon a thankeles errant;
    feare not to touche the beste,
      the trueth shalbe thie warrant,
        goe, since I nedes muste die
          and tell them all they lie.
      - generally thought by
        The Lie (Souls Errand)
         (Harleian Library Manuscript 2293, folio 135),
        also in Harleian Manuscript 6910, folio 141
        [Soul]

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.
      - The Nymph's Reply to the Passionate Shepherd
        [Love]

Passions are likened best to floods and streams,
  The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
      - The Silent Lover [Passion]


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