Quotes by George Herbert

Spend not on hopes.
- George Herbert
The offender never pardons.
- George Herbert
The shortest answer is doing.
- George Herbert
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Be thrifty, but not covetous.
- George Herbert
Love and a cough cannot be hid.
- George Herbert
Never was a miser a brave soul.
- George Herbert
Living well is the best revenge.
- George Herbert
Night is the mother of counsels.
- George Herbert
The resolved mind hath no cares.
- George Herbert
Punishment is lame, but it comes.
- George Herbert
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Sometimes the best gain is to lose.
- George Herbert
He hath no leisure who useth it not.
- George Herbert
You must lose a fly to catch a trout.
- George Herbert
Many kiss the hand they wish cut off.
- George Herbert
The eyes have one language everywhere.
- George Herbert
One sword keeps another in the sheath.
- George Herbert
Storms make the oak grow deeper roots.
- George Herbert
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
- George Herbert
Better never begin than never make an end.
- George Herbert
Good words are worth much, and cost little.
- George Herbert
A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.
- George Herbert
Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.
- George Herbert
Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
- George Herbert
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
- George Herbert
He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea.
- George Herbert
A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
- George Herbert
None knows the weight of another's burden.
- George Herbert
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
- George Herbert
If a donkey bray at you, don't bray at him.
- George Herbert
There is great force hidden in a gentle command.
- George Herbert
Deceive not thy physician, confessor, nor lawyer.
- George Herbert
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.
- George Herbert
He that hath lost his credit is dead to the world.
- George Herbert
The mouse that hath but one hole is quickly taken.
- George Herbert
The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller not one.
- George Herbert
There would be no great men if there were no little ones.
- George Herbert
It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.
- George Herbert
The devil divides the world between atheism and superstition.
- George Herbert
Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.
- George Herbert
Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.
- George Herbert
Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.
- George Herbert
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie.
- George Herbert
There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it.
- George Herbert
Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.
- George Herbert
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
- George Herbert
Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame, when once it is within thee.
- George Herbert
One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
- George Herbert
A man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.
- George Herbert
Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie: a fault which needs it most, grows two thereby.
- George Herbert
He that is not handsome at 20, nor strong at 30, nor rich at 40, nor wise at 50, will never be handsome, strong, rich or wise.
- George Herbert
Take all that is given whether wealth, love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with good digestion all can be turned to health.
- George Herbert
He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.
- George Herbert
Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
- George Herbert