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Sir Philip Sidney Quotes

(1554-1586), British Author, Courtier

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

Category: Ambition

With a tale, for sooth, he comet unto you; with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.

Category: Anecdotes

Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.

Category: Conflict

A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.

Category: Courage

The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.

Category: Credulity

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.

Category: Endurance

All is but lip-wisdom which wants experience.

Category: Experience

Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles, than by hearing the definition of fortitude.

Category: Guidance

The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.

Category: Health

Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.

Category: Past

It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.

Category: Praise

Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

Category: Resolution

Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, the baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, the poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, the indifferent judge between the high and low.

Category: Sleep

Open suspecting of others comes of secretly condemning ourselves.

Category: Suspicion

Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.

Category: Writers And Writing