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Francis Quarles
May 8, 1592 - September 8, 1644
Nationality: English
Category: Poet
Subcategory: English Poet

Be wisely worldly, but not worldly wise.


Luxury is an enticing pleasure, a bastard mirth, which hath honey in her mouth, gall in her heart, and a sting in her tail.


If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.


Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.


Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.


And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.


Wisdom not only gets, but once got, retains.


Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."


Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor, and so thy labor sweeten thy rest.


Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.


The heart is a small thing, but desireth great matters. It is not sufficient for a kite's dinner, yet the whole world is not sufficient for it.


My mind's my kingdom.


Beware of him that is slow to anger; for when it is long coming, it is the stronger when it comes, and the longer kept. Abused patience turns to fury.

    Topics: Anger

That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.


Heaven finds an ear when sinners find a tongue.


Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice.


The road to perseverance lies by doubt.


Wickedness is its own punishment.


Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.


The sufficiency of merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.


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